Bill Belichick can blame whatever he wants. At the end of the day, when it comes to the Patriots' problems , the buck stops with "Three-Dollar Bill."
Sunday's Patriots loss is one fans will talk about for a long time, but many likely wish they could forget. Before we fully put the 33-6 defeat in the rear view mirror, here are a few leftover thoughts.
Simply put, the Patriots look slow, soft and woefully ill-prepared, which can’t help but bring one to a conclusion that Brady camp came to long ago. It was never Belichick the coach who covered for Belichick the GM. It was Brady the QB.
What do the Patriots need to do to neutralize some of the Niners' key playmakers on Sunday? Looking at the key matchups for a key game.
In the span of roughly two years, after having what Belichick himself called “the best quarterback situation in the league,” the Patriots effectively lost both Brady and Garoppolo for a second-round pick in 2018 and a compensatory selection in the 2021 draft, which feels like one of the worst examples of roster management in the history of all professional sports.
Garoppolo started two games for the Patriots – two – and got a 449-word sonnet on his way out the door. Brady won six Super Bowls and got what amounted to a form letter.
And another team has reportedly backed out of the Tom Brady sweepstakes.
Systems like the ones run by McVay and Shanahan are designed to make decision-making easier for relatively inexperienced NFL quarterbacks, but they are also restrictive. And when it inevitably comes time for the quarterbacks to make a play – to make a snap-decision – they have proven incapable, at least in part because Daddy has been protecting them and making all of the decisions for them. Welcome to the world of helicopter coaching.
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How many people are expecting Patrick Mahomes to falter in the Super Bowl? The answer is not many, which means a failure will be far more damning for a player now universally regarded as the best in the NFL.
Next Sunday will be Jimmy Garoppolo’s third Super Bowl appearance, although it will be quite unlike the previous two.
It'll be the 49ers against the Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV.
In the interim, here’s a question that is worth asking: do the Patriots really want Brady back? Does Bill Belichick? Does the Kraft family? This past offseason, Brady wanted the right to become a free agent, asking the Krafts to forfeit the right to use the franchise tag on him. And they gave it to him.
So here we are now, in Week 16 of what could be Tom Brady’s final season in New England, and the Patriots have one final hurdle to clear in the regular season: the Bills. Buffalo might effectively sit between Brady and The End, between New England and a final Super Bowl run or the Patriots and an ominous appearance on wildcard weekend.
Does that mean the Patriots erred in trading away the man whom many (including Belichick) deemed Brady’s successor? No. Garoppolo still comes with lots of questions, durability first among them. But if there’s anyone out there still suggesting that Garoppolo was some sort of flash in the pan … stop. Don’t embarrass yourself. He can play.
A great deal has to happen between now and February for Brady and Garoppolo to meet in the Super Bowl. But it's also fun to discuss.
Woof. It was a tough night back at the office for 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.
The 49ers fear that quarterback and former Tom Brady understudy Jimmy Garoppolo suffered a torn ACL in their Week 3 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com Let me be clear: It would have been great had the New England Patriots had been able to successfully, peacefully, and naturally transition from Tom Brady to Jimmy Garoppolo. Think about it, the Patriots would have secured themselves (an unheard of) 30-year window of competent play from the most important position…
Jimmy Garoppolo and Tom Brady had a unique relationship, to say the least.
The former Patriots backup spoke of his quiet confidence during his time in New England.
Jimmy Garoppolo reacted to a "weird" video of him taking verbal cues from Tom Brady.
In addition to bringing back offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and special teams coach Joe Judge, the Patriots are also reportedly planning to keep assistant quarterbacks coach Jerry Schuplinski in the fold.