Jimmy Garoppolo as Patriots Starting QB Suddenly a RealityApril 25, 2016 - Author: John-Mark and Chuck Mallory
A decision today made Tom Brady’s four-game suspension a highly possible situation this fall. A panel of three judges in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit today ruled in favor of the league in the case against Brady and the NFL Players Association. The NFLPA said they will “carefully review the decision [and] consider all of our options…”
The first four challengers for the New England Patriots this fall will be the Arizona Cardinals (Sun. Sept. 11), Miami Dolphins (Sun. Sept. 18), Houston Texans (Thurs. Sept. 22) and Buffalo Bills (Sun. Oct. 2). Jimmy Garoppolo, drafted in the second round two years ago and considered the eventual successor to Tom Brady, is assumed to be the starting quarterback for the New England Patriots for the first four games, should today’s decision stand. He is now the only active quarterback on the Patriots roster.
Last May, it was speculated that Garoppolo might be starting quarterback when Brady’s four-game suspension was originally announced. However, a federal court vacated the suspension. The suspension originated from “Deflategate,” alleged tampering with footballs by the New England Patriots.
Though spending extensive time training and performing well on the practice field, Garoppolo saw little playing time last year as Brady often played long into easily-won games and held the stage as QB. This year, though, Garoppolo seems more than ready, backed by a healthy offensive line. Strong players like tight end Rob Gronkowski and wide receivers Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola should round out the team’s formidable lineup.
Experts are saying Brady’s ability to fight the latest turn of events on his suspension will be a tough road and likely unsuccessful, giving Jimmy Garoppolo the spotlight his fans hope to see this fall. However, there is a report that Brady is discussing options with his legal team and looking for a way to fight the ruling.
More to come as the story develops…