We have a situation in Foxboro. Two days removed from Jimmy Garoppolo’s shoulder injury and two days from Thursday night’s game, who will be playing quarterback for the Patriots is still in question.
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Funny, after the game Sunday it was never a question that Jacoby Brissett would be starting against the Texans. But, wait. There has been no signing by the Patriots of a Matt Flynn-type to come in and carry the clipboard behind the Pats’ rookie.
Garoppolo’s injury has drifted into the past and a number of timelines have drifted to the surface. Might I add all those reporting this information is from reputable journalists who are simply at the disposal of sources sporting various agendas.
It is obvious word of the longer return time is coming from the Garoppolo camp and the quick turnaround scenario is a product of the team. Our own Tom E. Curran reported that Week 4 vs. Buffalo was a good target for a return date while colleague Mike Giardi tweeted that a three-week healing time was required. And when Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that a Thursday return was a possibility it was easy to connect the dots.
The team is putting pressure on Garoppolo to get is butt back in the game. I strongly suggest Jimmy take a page out of the Camp Gronkowski playbook and do what’s best for him.
Garoppolo will be a free agent after the 2017 season and has already earned the big bucks. The NFL is so starved for quality quarterbacks that Jimmy’s G does not have to play another game to earn a ticket to Easy Street. Who cares if he has to sit for a year and 12 games to hit free agency. His efforts against Arizona and Miami will not be forgotten. Of course, the Patriots can trade him and that would more than likely lead to a big money deal as well.
If he doesn’t feel right, Garoppolo should NOT play Thursday night. He shouldn’t play against Buffalo if he isn’t ready.
Belichick said a player’s health is a priority. Really? Then why was Gronk rushed back to play before he felt right against the Texans in the 2013 AFC quarterfinals. A game he didn’t want to play in and a game he broke his arm in, again.
It is easy for a fan to expect a player to “rub some dirt on it” and get back in the game. I have seen the toll that this game takes on many players once their career is over. Jimmy can rub some high priced dirt on it after he gets paid and not until. If I am Garoppolo, there is no way I am playing Thursday night. No way$.
Bill Belichick is a teacher. His father was a teacher. His mother was a teacher. He is very much their son in that regard.
The glimpses into Belichick's essence aren't as rare as you might think, but they still generate an inordinate amount of interest because he's arguably the best to ever execute the kind of teaching he's made his life's work.
Every time he takes several minutes to answer a conference call or press conference question thoughtfully, the hundreds of words found in the text of the transcribed answer typically create a stir on Twitter. NFL Films productions that show Belichick operating behind the scenes are devoured. Exclusive interviews, where he shares his insight on individual games and matchups, NFL Films productions that show Belichick operating behind the scenes are devoured. Exclusive interviews, where he shares his insight on individual games and matchups, make every installment of the ‘Do Your Job’ series a must-watch.
Clips of Belichick on the practice field aren't necessarily hard to find, there just aren't many of them considering how many practices he's run over the course of his decades-long career. But thanks to more lax media policies at the college programs he visits for pro days, video of his on-the-field work pops up on a regular basis this time of year. They are mini-clinics dotting the internet.
This is Belichick in his element. Even in the middle of a random university campus. Even with scouts, coaches and front-office people from around the league watching his every move. Whether he's coaching players one-on-one or three or four at a time, Belichick is imparting his wisdom on eager close-to-blank slates. All the while he's trying to evaluate how they're absorbing what he's giving them. Do they pay attention? How do they process information? Are they error-repeaters?
It's a fascinating give-and-take between the 60-something coach trying to build a roster and the 20-something players trying to make one, some of whom hadn't yet hit kindergarten when Belichick won his first ring in New England. And he seems to enjoy it.
Here's a quick look at some of what Belichick has been up to the last few days at Georgia, South Carolina and NC State.
Linebacker Marquis Flowers is headed back to the Patriots on a one-year deal worth up to $2.55 million, according to his agent, Sean Stellato.
Flowers, 26, a sixth-round pick of the Cincinnati Bengals in 2014, was acquired by the Patriots near the end of training camp last year for a seventh-round pick.
More to come...