That 617 Life Podcast: Keeping Jimmy Garoppolo wouldn't have saved the Patriots

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That 617 Life Podcast: Keeping Jimmy Garoppolo wouldn't have saved the Patriots

As Patriots fans watch Jimmy Garoppolo at quarterback taking the San Francisco 49ers now one win away from the Super Bowl, there's plenty who lament letting Tom Brady's former backup go.

On the latest "That 617 Life" podcast, Cerrone Battle tells Pats fans to be careful what they wish for. Because when you take a closer look at how Garoppolo has performed with the 49ers, Battle says it's Jimmy G's supporting cast as much or more than the QB that have put the Niners in the NFC Championship Game.

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"The dude's got Emmanuel Sanders, he's got the best tight end in the league [George Kittle] and the best offensive line in the league," Battle tells Leroy Irvin on this week's episode. 

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"The 49ers and Jimmy Garoppolo are dead last in the league in yards per pass," Battle said. "The ball travels seven yards per pass with Garoppolo. The San Francisco 49ers are No. 1 in the league in yards after the catch. He's throwing six yards slants and they're taking it 80."

Patriots fans longing for Garoppolo are thinking of the future, argued Irvin.

"What people are looking at is he's 28. Brady's about to be 43. A lot of Patriot Nation is saying the potential is there for him to be great. He's moldable...," Irvin said. "I think it's all about potential." 

The pair make their AFC and NFC Championship Game predictions, touch on the Red Sox cheating scandal that cost manager Alex Cora's his job, Shanda Foster has her "Shanda Sounds Off" segment which includes her take on Julian Edelman's arrest in Beverly Hills and more. 

It's all in this week's That 617 Life" podcast on the NBC Sports Boston podcast network.

That 617 Life Podcast: Why Patrick Pass isn't worried about Tom Brady and the Patriots

That 617 Life Podcast: Why Patrick Pass isn't worried about Tom Brady and the Patriots

The New England Patriots ride an 11-3 record into Week 15, but Tom Brady and the offense haven't done much to inspire confidence lately.

Brady comes off a performance vs. the Cincinnati Bengals in which he threw for only 128 yards and finished with a passer rating of 86.6. It marked the 42-year-old quarterback's ninth straight game with a rating below 100.

But now isn't the time to panic about Brady and the Patriots. At least, not to ex-Pats fullback Patrick Pass.

The three-time Super Bowl champion joined the crew on the latest episode of "That 617 Life Podcast" to explain why.

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I look at it like this: the Pats, they cruise through the regular season just to make it to the playoffs. When they get to the playoffs, that's when you're going to see their best football. You know what I'm saying? So they cruise through the season with a 12-4 record, 13-3 record, and then once the playoffs come around they know that it's one and done. And they're not trying to go home anytime soon.

Pass does admit Brady isn't the QB he once was, but he isn't writing him off just yet.

You can definitely tell that he's not the same quarterback. That doesn't mean that he's fallen off the cliff. If you look at a lot of the games that he's playing in this year, he really don't have that much time to throw the ball. So when you get a quarterback who's worried about getting hit or getting sacked, of course his footwork is going to be a little off. He's going to throw the ball quicker than he needs to because he's worried about getting sacked.

Hear more of the group's thoughts on the Patriots and other major Boston sports stories on the latest episode of the "That 617 Life Podcast", which drops every Friday as part of the NBC Sports Boston podcast network.

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That 617 Life Podcast: Are the Celtics contenders or pretenders?

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That 617 Life Podcast: Are the Celtics contenders or pretenders?

The Boston Celtics are coming off a disappointing back-to-back which saw them drop games to the Indiana Pacers and Philadelphia 76ers. While these two teams are among the best in the Eastern Conference, the losses have sparked some debate about this Celtics club.

Are they contenders or pretenders?

While the team has a 17-7 record, there has been chatter that because the team hasn't beaten the best teams in the East, they may not be able to make a lot of noise in the playoffs. But is that chatter being fueled by recency bias and the team's two latest losses?

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Shanda, Cerrone, and a special guest from NBC Sports Boston, Kyle Draper, debated the issue on this week's episode of "That 617 Life Podcast".

Draper defended the Celtics right out of the gate and pointed to the available personnel and level of competition the team has faced as reasons for the mini losing streak.

They played two very good teams. Can we at least say that? I'm not gonna be down on this team or concerned about this team. Let's go back to that Indiana game. If Gordon Hayward doesn't leave that game, if Jaylen Brown doesn't foul out, maybe you win that game. And you played without Marcus Smart. Same thing against Philly. That was a high-level game. I thought both teams played well.

Cerrone agreed with Draper and called the Celtics "one of the tougher outs in the NBA" ... when everyone's healthy. But getting everyone healthy is the big key for the team.

I think they'll get into a groove and they've gotta get into a rhythm as a team the more these guys stay healthy. That is the key to the whole thing, it's health.

The Celtics have seen a number of starters miss significant time with injuries and illnesses including Gordon Hayward, Jaylen Brown, and Marcus Smart. So Cerrone's point is well taken, and the C's will be better off competing in close games against top-tier teams once they have their full complement of players available.

Hear more of the group's thoughts on the Celtics and other major Boston sports stories on the latest episode of the "That 617 Life Podcast", which drops every Friday as part of the NBC Sports Boston podcast network.

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