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Boston radio hosts troll Jimmy Garoppolo after horrid preseason showing

Boston radio hosts troll Jimmy Garoppolo after horrid preseason showing

Let's not sugarcoat it -- Jimmy Garoppolo was not good in his preseason debut Monday night against the Denver Broncos. 

Let's also reiterate it was the preseason.

Regardless, Garoppolo went 1-for-6 for 0 (!) yards and one interception in the 49ers' 24-15 win at Mile High Stadium.

As you might expect. Jimmy G's poor performance in his first real action since tearing his ACL was a hot topic in the media Tuesday, especially in Garoppolo's former home of Boston.

When the New England Patriots traded Garoppolo to the 49ers in October of 2017, a majority of Boston sports radio hosts lost their collective minds, believing they'd dealt Tom Brady's heir right before TB12 was about to hang them up. Of course, things got better in Foxboro, another Super Bowl was won and Garoppolo got paid by the 49ers.

The narrative, of course, has flipped in Boston.

Now that Brady has taken the Patriots to two more Super Bowls, winning one, and seems set on playing until he's 45, there no longer is a need for the hand-wringing about the Garoppolo trade that once dominated the airwaves in the hotbed of the revolution. Instead, it's been replaced by something else that comes naturally to those that dominate the Beantown airwaves -- condescension and trolling.

Following Garoppolo's stinker in Denver, the fine folks over at "Felger and Mazz" on 98.5 The Sports Hub took to ripping the former Patriots quarterback because ... well, you can only talk about the Red Sox's putrid bullpen for so long. 

If you didn't laugh at "The Italian Osweiler" then I can't help you.

It's all laughs for the folks in Boston right now. But with Brady's contract potentially ending after this season should it not get reworked, there's always the possibility that the six-time Super Bowl champion ditches Boston to come back to the Bay and finish his career in red and gold. Right, Chris Long? Right?

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If there's any justice in the world (there isn't), the Patriots will be stuck with the real Osweiler once Brady says goodbye to 1 Patriot Place. Until then though, the Boston radio brigade can troll its heart out. 

Chris Long thinks 49ers are only team Tom Brady would leave Patriots for


Chris Long thinks 49ers are only team Tom Brady would leave Patriots for

Tom Brady is preparing to enter his age 42 season with the New England Patriots, having just signed a two-year, $41 million contract extension.

Brady, however, also put his Brookline, Mass., home on the market, leading many to wonder if this is indeed TB12's last year at Patriot Place. While Brady's contract extension takes him through the 2021 season, the new deal also has a stipulation that the final two years will be voided if not renegotiated by the end of the 2019 league year. That would make Brady a free agent at the end of this season and has those humble Patriots fans worried the six-time Super Bowl champion could bolt town for another team. 

Would Brady really finish his career with a different franchise?

Chris Long, who played with Brady, only can see the legendary quarterback playing for one other team -- the 49ers.

Long is playing guest columnist at Sports Illustrated, and he laid out a wild scenario in which Brady ends up back in the Bay and current 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo returns to 1 Patriot Place. 

"Let’s get even crazier and hypothesize that Tom would like to wear a new uniform at 43 years old," Long writes. "There’s only one place I could see him going -- back to the Bay. And here’s how it happens.

"Let’s say Jimmy G has a modest year (I don’t think he does) and looks like Tannehill 2.0. Next offseason, Brady hits the market and expresses interest in returning home to suit up for the team he adored as a teenager (in 1990). San Francisco releases Garoppolo and he ends up back in New England, where (Belichick) beautifully repurposes what’s perceived as damaged goods."

In Long's scenario, Jimmy G and TB12 finally have the long-awaited master vs. apprentice duel in the Super Bowl, which would be quite the storyline.

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Of course, thinking Brady leaves the Patriots to play for another team feels like a fairy tale. Perhaps he's tired of playing for Bill Belichick, and perhaps he'd rather live in the Bay Area rather than frigid Boston, so he packs his bags for his home area.

Then again, as Patriots fans are quick to remind everyone, why would Tommy leave the greatest sports town and all that winning?

Brady's future once again will be one of the prevailing topics of the NFL season, but it's unlikely the 49ers will play a role.

Will Raiders' Antonio Brown adjust to NFL's helmet rule like Tom Brady?

Will Raiders' Antonio Brown adjust to NFL's helmet rule like Tom Brady?

As Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown continues to fight the NFL's new helmet restrictions, a fellow future Hall of Famer is adjusting to the new rule. 

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady can no longer wear his old helmet, a Riddell VSR-4. 

"I've been experimenting with a couple different ones, and I don't really love the one that I'm in, but I don't really have much of a choice," Brady said Monday on WEEI's "The Greg Hill Show". "So I'm just trying to do the best I can to work with it."

Brady's old helmet, like Brown's Schutt Air Advantage, has been prohibited by the NFL to help player safety. The QB understands the reasoning for the rule, but is having a tough time getting used to a new helmet. 

"You get used to the same helmet for a long period of time. My last helmet, I wore it the last four Super Bowls, so it was a pretty great helmet for me. I hated to put it on the shelf," Brady said. "It's kind of what I'm dealing with."

So far, Brown has yet to compromise with the league. The four-time All-Pro reportedly said he won't play football again if he can't use his favorite helmet. A source also told The Athletic's Daniel Kaplan that Brown would hold the NFL liable if he sustained a head injury while wearing a new helmet. 

"He has a strong feeling about what's he worn on his head, and we're supporting him," Raiders coach Jon Gruden recently said. "We understand the league's position as well, so we're in a tough spot. We hope Antonio is back here soon because he's exciting to be around.

"I've got some plays for him and I hope I can start calling them."

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For now, the Raiders can only wait to see what Brown will do next.