Brady’s Officially Out: 7 Things To Know About Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo
On Wednesday it was announced that the the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals had denied Tom Brady's appeal for an en banc rehearing in the Deflategate case. So to put it simply, the only thing standing between Brady and his four-game suspension was the U.S. Supreme Court. As it turns out, even Brady has hit a saturation point with the entire ordeal, as he announced on Friday that he will not pursue further action on his case by taking it to the Highest Court in the Land.
Now the players union could still have this case season by the Supreme Court, on the grounds of sorting out the constitutionality of the CBA and the relationship between the player's union and the NFL. But luckily for all of us, it won't be to decide whether or not Tom Brady deserves to play against the Arizona Cardinals in early September.
So in the spirit of preparing for Week 1 of the NFL, which is rapidly approaching, let's take a closer look at the man who will officially step in for Brady for the first month of the season: James "Jimmy" Garoppolo.
Here are 7 things you should know about the quarterback who literally has to fill Tom Brady's shoes.
1. He Broke Some Of Tony Romo's College Records
In his senior year at Eastern Illinois, Garoppolo broke Tony Romo's school records for career passing touchdowns, yards and passing touchdowns in a season. His career stats in his four years at the school read as follows: 1,047 completions on 1,668 pass attempts (62.7 percent) 13,156 yards, 118 TDs and 51 interceptions.
Poor Tony. He's not even the consensus best quarterback to ever play for Eastern Illinois University.
2. His NFL Stats Don't Tell Us Much
In his two season as backup to Brady, Garoppolo has completed 20 of 31 passes for 188 yards, 1 touchdown, 0 interceptions and a passer rating of 91.9. If that were a one-game performance it would be great. But as stats pieced together from short appearances in garbage time in 11 separate games, it tells us almost nothing.
3. Tom Brady Has Groomed Him Personally
According to Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, Brady has been doing his best to make sure that Garoppolo develops into a successful NFL quarterback.
"Tom and Jimmy are competing together for the same role. Jimmy’s had a great attitude and tried to digest as much information as he can, and Tom’s been incredibly available for Jimmy. To watch a guy in his 15th year prepare to be the best player he could be, but also care enough about a young player to try and help him improve every day, it’s really an unselfish thing to watch happen.
...The one thing Tom knows is that if something happens to Tom, he needs Jimmy to be ready. There’s no selfishness at all on that front. I mean, he knows that if something were to happen to him he wants our team to still have a chance to win. So, if he can help Jimmy prepare each week or during the course of the season to be a better player if and when that would occur, that’s what Tom’s goal has been."
4. Two Words: CHIN DIMPLE.
Yup. Not only is he being created in Brady's likeness when he's in pads, but he also sports Brady's signature chin dimple. It's honestly uncanny. There are so any unfortunate-looking sad sacks playing quarterback in the NFL, and the guy backing up TB12 is the new, even more handsome version. It's remarkable.
Belichick likes himself a handsome quarterback. Can't blame the guy.
5. He's the 2nd most famous alumni from his high school
You'd think there wouldn't be much competition for the "most famous guy who went to Rolling Meadows High School", but you'd be wrong. Garoppolo will always play second fiddle to the great Gary Cole, well known to Veep and Office Space fans. And let me just say that if Garoppolo could get Cole on the sideline of Patriots games, I'd be one happy fan.
6. He was 10 years old when Brady and the Patriots won Super Bowl XXXVI
What's even crazier to think about is that Garoppolo will be just the third quarterback to start a game for the Patriots in fourteen seasons. The only QB other than Brady to get a start for the Patriots since the 2002-03 season is Matt Cassel, who took over during the 2008-09 season that Brady missed due to blowing out his knee.
7. He will start in two of the Patriots six intra-divisional games
Despite the fact that Brady will be missing for those first four games, the Patriots are odds-on favorites to make it to the Super Bowl this year. That's in part because people expect them to once again win the AFC East. But one-third of those games will be played by Garoppolo rather than Brady, and those games are as important as any all season. Even if he plays well in just those two games, he will have done everything the Patriots could have asked from him and will have them set up for success when Brady returns.
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