Belichick has jokes about Pats' emergency QB situation


Who best to bring some lighthearted levity to an unprecedented situation?

Bill Belichick, of course.

Our Phil Perry asked the New England Patriots head coach Tuesday if the team would consider signing an "emergency" quarterback who would stay away from the club during the season and be on call should any health issues come up with the QBs on the roster in the era of COVID-19.

Here was Belichick's response:

Bill Belichick wants Scott Zolak to get his arm ready

"We've got Scott Zolak right around the corner if it really comes to that," Belichick responded with a smile. "Hopefully he'll be ready to go if we need him."

Zolak, of course, is the color analyst for 98.5 The Sports Hub's Patriots game broadcasts alongside Bob Socci and co-host of the "Zolak & Bertrand" radio show.

In his previous life, however, Zolak was a backup to starting QB Drew Bledsoe in New England during the 1990s. He's only nine years older than Tom Brady, too, so maybe he still has a few more passes in his arm should anything happen to Cam Newton, Jarrett Stidham and/or Brian Hoyer.

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The Philadelphia Eagles signed Josh McCown to their practice squad Monday despite carrying three QBs on their active roster, and it's possible other teams will stash an extra signal-caller on their practice squad as an added precaution.

Belichick's Patriots might do the same -- or they'll just ask Zolak to come down from the broadcast booth.