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49ers Beat Rams 34-13, End Season on Five Game Winning Streak

January 1, 2018 - Author: John-Mark and Chuck Mallory

The San Francisco 49ers ended their 2017 season on a high note after starting 1-10, winning five games in a row with a new quarterback that gives the team hope for the future. The team capped off their season with a 34-13 win in Los Angeles against the playoff-bound Rams. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo made some mistakes, finishing with two interceptions, but he also had a couple touchdowns which showcased his skill set. Garoppolo ultimately led the charge that has turned this team around.

The Los Angeles Rams already clinched a playoff spot heading into Sunday’s game, so they were resting several starters. QB Jared Goff, RB Todd Gurley, and DT Aaron Donald were among several Rams star players that weren’t playing in the game. This made things a bit easier for the 49ers, but the Rams were still playing hard. That fact was very evident in the second quarter when Rams safety Blake Countess laid a brutal hit on wide receiver Marquise Goodwin. Goodwin scored a touchdown earlier in the half, but his breakout season was over on this hit as he was carted off the field. Niners fans were hopeful that he would be okay when he raised his arms and waved to the crowd as he was being carted off.

Garoppolo had a solid first half, throwing the touchdown to Goodwin and making some good midrange throws to different targets. He struggled a bit more throwing the deep ball, as he had two first half interceptions that both went to Rams cornerback Kevin Perterson. Still, Garoppolo and the offense controlled the game in the first half, racking up almost 3oo yards in total offense and 15 first downs. Running back Carlos Hyde added an 8-yard touchdown before the half, and the 49ers were up 20-6 going into the locker room.

The second half of the game was more of a slog for both teams. The 49ers stuck to their running game as much as they could. Garoppolo struggled a bit more with deeper throws in the second half as well. This is part of the growing pains for a young quarterback learning a new offense on the fly. However, Garoppolo made consecutive throws of 16 and 28 yards midway through the 3rd quarter that set up another Hyde touchdown, this time for five yards. Although Garoppolo sometimes struggled, he showed resilience and didn’t get down on himself when he made mistakes. Garoppolo bounced back early in the fourth quarter hitting wide receiver Aldrick Robinson for a 12-yard touchdown to make the score 34-6.

Both teams played conservatively in the fourth quarter with the game pretty much decided. The Rams stuck to running the ball with backup running back Malcolm Brown. Backup quarterback Sean Mannion made a few throws, but it was clear the Rams weren’t taking any risks at this point. After a long Rams drive, running back Lance Dunbar punched in an 8-yard touchdown run for the touchdown to make the score 34-13. The 49ers kept it conservative and mostly ran the ball when they got it back. The game ended with the same score, and the 49ers finishing the season 6-10 on a five-game winning streak.

There was truly an incredible turnaround in San Francisco after they traded a 2018 second round pick to the New England Patriots to acquire Garoppolo. The team was 1-10, and looked directionless when they made the trade. Now there are rumors that San Francisco will be a hot destination for free agents next season. The issue of Garoppolo’s future with the team will be something to follow as well. Garoppolo’s contract is up after this season, but the team has the option to franchise tag the quarterback if needed. 49ers GM Jon Lynch said the team is going to make an effort to sign Garoppolo to a long-term deal rather than use the franchise tag. The future looks bright for Garoppolo and his team, even if his future is up in the air. It feels like San Francisco has found their franchise quarterback, and it’s Jimmy Garoppolo. Keep following jimmygaroppolo.net for offseason updates and info on Garoppolo’s future with the 49ers.

 

 

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49ers and Garoppolo Score Huge Upset, Defeat Jaguars 44-33

December 25, 2017 - Author: John-Mark and Chuck Mallory

The San Francisco 49ers weren’t expected to do much against the playoff-bound Jacksonville Jaguars this week. After all, the Jaguars have one of the best defenses in the league with a lethal combination of cornerbacks in Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye. But things didn’t go exactly as planned on Sunday in San Francisco; the 49ers offense marched up and down the field while their defense made big plays and even found the endzone. When it was all said and done, the 49ers had their fourth-straight win and improved their season record to 5-10. The hype train behind the team and new star quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo continues to gain steam.

Garoppolo had his first multi-touchdown game as a 49er, going 21-30 for 242 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. He also had a rushing touchdown on the 49ers’ first drive of the game. The 49ers jumped out to an early 16-o lead after cornerback Dontae Johnson returned an interception from Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles 50 yards for a touchdown. Bortles would answer back, leading his team on two straight scoring drives and tying up the score at halftime, 16-16.

The Jaguars started the second half off with a drive leading to a field goal that gave them the lead, but Garoppolo and the 49ers offense was ready to answer, and they did just that in a big way. Bortles threw a second interception that gave the 49ers offense great starting position at the Jaguars 27-yard line. Garoppolo and his offense took the field and needed just five plays to punch it in, leading to an 8-yard touchdown pass from Garoppolo to tight end George Kittle. After a stalled drive by the Jaguars, the 49ers offense showed they could really dismantle an elite defense. The team went on a 13 play, 86-yard drive that ended in another touchdown by Garoppolo, this time to wide receiver Trent Taylor. The touchdown was Garoppolo’s best play of the day. On 3rd and goal, Garoppolo felt pressure from the defense and scrambled out to his left, making a nifty sidearm throw to Taylor for the 5-yard touchdown. It showed the quarterback’s versatility and how he can use his mobility to make a play happen when it seems like nothing is there.

After a third Bortles interception that led to a 6-yard Carlos Hyde rushing touchdown for the 49ers, the Jaguars appeared to be done. They were down 37-19 in the fourth quarter with an offense that had been making big mistakes all day. But Bortles fought back, going on a 16 play, 85-yard touchdown drive. The Jaguars then executed a near-perfect onside kick, getting the ball right back at the San Francisco 46-yard line. Bortles rattled off three quick completions including a touchdown, bringing the Jaguars right back into the game down 37-33 with less than two minutes left. When a second onside kick by Jacksonville wasn’t successful, the 49ers got the ball back at their own 49-yard line. They were ready to seal the game, and the offensive line propelled the running game to do just that. 49ers running back Matt Breida sealed the game with a 30-yard touchdown run on a classic sweep play, making the score 44-33. The Niners continue to roll with Garoppolo at quarterback.

“It was an overall team win today, offense doing our part, defense getting us field position, special teams, it all came together really nice today,” Garoppolo said after the game. “That’s what makes a good team. We’re moving in the right direction right now, it seems week-by-week we keep getting better.”

Garoppolo and the 49ers will face another playoff-bound team next week in the Los Angeles Rams. The Rams defense isn’t as hyped as Jacksonville’s but it wll still be a tough test for Garoppolo and his offense. On Sunday, Garoppolo proved to any remaining doubters that he is for real as a starting NFL quarterback. Next week, he will look to lead the 49ers to a five-game winning streak to end their season. While things once looked bleak in San Francisco, Garoppolo has broght hope back to The Golden City.

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Garoppolo Leads 49ers to Third Straight Win, Has Another Career Day

December 18, 2017 - Author: John-Mark and Chuck Mallory

Jimmy Garoppolo and the San Francisco 49ers stayed hot on Sunday with their third straight win, hanging on for a close 25-23 win over the Tennessee Titans at home. Garoppolo again had a career-high in throwing yards with 381 yards, and also threw for a touchdown. 49ers kicker Robbie Gould had another big day, making a career-high six out of six field goals leading to another win for his team. The 49ers have now won three straight games after starting the season 1-10. It is clear that the hype around Garoppolo is real, and he could be the next franchise quarterback for the 49ers.

This game was a tough matchup for San Francisco. The Titans were 8-5 coming into Sunday, and fighting for playoff position in the AFC South division. The 49ers found early success on offense, with Garoppolo leading a 17-play, 85 yard drive in the 2nd quarter that ended with Garoppolo throwing a 5-yard touchdown to tight end Garrett Celek in the 2nd quarter. The 49ers were up 16-3 at one point before halftime, but the Titans put together a nice two-minute drill to score before the half. The two teams would go back and forth in the second half with the game coming down to the wire.

The Titans dominated time of possession in the 3rd quarter, keeping the ball for over 12 of 15 minutes and not allowing Garoppolo or the 49ers offense onto the field. Tennessee led 20-19 at the end of the 3rd quarter, and Garoppolo was about to prove himself again down the stretch. Garoppolo led two key drives late in the 4th quarter to help his team win. With the 49ers down by one point, Garoppolo drove his offense down the field, completing a 54-yard pass to rookie wide receiver Kendrick Bourne with about six minutes left in the game. While that drive stalled due to penalties and a sack for the Titans defense, Gould was able to connect on a 48-yard field goal to put his team up 22-20 with just over three minutes left. Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota was able to quickly drive his team down the field and answer the 49ers with a field goal of their own. Titans kicker Ryan Succop made a 50-yard field goal with 1:07 remaining to put his team back up 23-22. Garoppolo would have just about one minute with one timeout remaining to put his team in field goal range.

Garoppolo started the drive hot, quickly completing three straight passes of 7, 24, and 14 yards, respectively. He spiked the ball to stop the clock at the Titans’ 30-yard line with 30 seconds left in the game. After taking a shot to the endzone to see if they could score a touchdown, the 49ers offense just ran the ball to the left to set up Gould for the game-winning kick. Gould drilled a 45-yard field goal as time expired to give the 49ers the win. The hype around Garoppolo has officially kicked into high gear.

Garoppolo made history on Sunday as well, becoming the first 49ers quarterback to throw for 300 yards or more in back-to-back games since 2000. Garoppolo’s favorite target was again wide receiver Marquise Goodwin, who had a big day with 10 catches for 114 yards. A lot of 49ers fans are hoping that their quarterback can get better weapons around him next year, but Garoppolo is satisfied with how the team is performing.

“There were multiple big plays today…there were guys stepping up all over the place,” Garoppolo said after the game. “That’s what makes a good team. We’re building towards that, we just have to keep it going week in and week out.”

Garoppolo and the 49ers will face their toughest test this season next week when they face the 10-4 Jacksonville Jaguars, who are on their way to their first playoff appearance in 10 years. The Jaguars feature one of the best secondaries in the league, led by star cornerbacks A.J. Bouye and Jalen Ramsey. They will surely challenge Garoppolo, in what will be an exciting matchup for the budding star quarterback. Keep checking jimmygaroppolo.net for updates and stories about Jimmy Garoppolo!

 

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Garoppolo Takes His Magic West

November 28, 2017 - Author: John-Mark and Chuck Mallory

Jimmy Garoppolo

Don’t mess with the best

San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo Shows His Stuff in Only 3 Plays

In October, the San Francisco 49ers announced they acquired New England Patriots backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.

After getting little play in the shadow of New England quarterback Tom Brady, Garoppolo was put in the Nov. 26 49ers game against the Seattle Seahawks.

With 1:07 remaining in the fourth quarter, 49ers quarterback C. J. Beathard went out with a leg injury.

The excited cheers from the crowd were startling–no, it wasn’t Seattle fans being malicious. As Sporting News reported: “Fans saw Garoppolo warming up on the sideline and began to cheer.”

Garoppolo entered the game, playing three snaps, scrambling for four yards, and throwing a touchdown pass to wide receiver Louis Murphy. Though the game was a loss for the 49ers, the quick touchdown lit the fire of 49ers fans who had been numbed by a season of disappointment.

When Garoppolo, 25, was announced as a 49er, general manager John Lynch said, “Jimmy has displayed the characteristics and traits that we believe are vital to being a successful quarterback in this league. He has had the rare opportunity to sit and learn from a future Hall of Fame quarterback in a championship atmosphere.”

Though he had collected two Super Bowl rings over four years with the New England Patriots, Garoppolo had little play time with the team, playing in 17 games.

Jimmy Garoppolo San Francisco

Jimmy: Getting to Know Him

This was quite a switch from high school (Rolling Meadows, IL) and college days (University of Eastern Illinois), where he had lots of playing time and in the Chicago area was known as a young quarterback of future-superstar status.

At the University of Eastern Illinois, he started all 45 games in which he appeared and completed 1,047 of 1,668 attempts (62.8 pct.) for 13,151 yards, 118 touchdowns and 51 interceptions. 

He was excited about going west to San Francisco. “I got so excited, man,” Garoppolo said in an interview. “I was in my apartment by myself, but I could have run through a wall. That pure excitement of ‘this is really happening…'”

Kendrick Bourne, the 49ers’ original No. 10, generously switched to No. 84, which was important to Garoppolo. “I’ve had it [No. 10] since probably before high school even,” Garoppolo said. “In high school I wore number 10 and I was playing linebacker at the time. It kind of just stuck with me. My first year of college I was number 15, unfortunately, but ever since then I’ve been number 10. It’s done good things for me…”

Now out of the shadow of No. 12 in New England, let’s see what happens with the western No. 10.

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Should Chicago Bears make move for Garoppolo?

February 25, 2017 - Author: John-Mark and Chuck Mallory

 

Jimmy Garoppolo

New England Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo speaks with members of the media in the team’s locker room following an NFL football practice, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, in Foxborough, Mass.

by Bob LeGere

Reprinted with permission, Daily Herald, 2/2/2017

There’s no doubt about the biggest question facing the Chicago Bears this off-season.

Should they trade for New England Patriots backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to lead their bid to return to NFL prominence, or would they be better off using a high draft pick to get their quarterback of the future?

Bears general manager Ryan Pace has three months to find an answer to the most important decision he will make between now and the NFL draft. His future here and that of coach John Fox may depend on getting it right.

For a Bears team poised to move on from Jay Cutler, the Garoppolo scenario is too intriguing to ignore because the team doesn’t have a successor in place.

The Arlington Heights native, who starred at Rolling Meadows High School and then at Eastern Illinois before being drafted in the second round by the Patriots, has impressed in his limited opportunities in the NFL.

The Pats can afford to entertain offers for Garoppolo because Tom Brady is still playing at a Hall of Fame level at 39 and has indicated he wants to play for several more seasons. They also drafted Jacoby Brissett in the third round last year.

As usual, the Patriots are in the driver’s seat because they’re rich at quarterback and this is not considered a strong year for the position in the draft.

With that in mind, let’s consider the main arguments in this Bears debate.

No. 1: The top QBs in the draft all come with major concerns.

North Carolina’s Mitch Trubisky is the consensus top prospect because he grades the highest in accuracy and mechanics. The biggest knock on Trubisky is that he has been a starter for just one year. But he still may not get past the Cleveland Browns, who have the first pick, and the San Francisco 49ers, who are next at second.

That doesn’t mean Trubisky will pay immediate dividends.

“It would shock me if, after one year as a starting quarterback, he were able to play at a high level as a rookie in the NFL,” ESPN’s Mel Kiper said.

But what if he’s there when the Bears are on the clock?

Clemson’s Deshaun Watson is not strong fundamentally and comes with accuracy concerns, but he’s a potential top-10 pick. He proved himself on the national stage and has great athleticism and intangibles such as leadership and experience.

Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer is the consensus third-best quarterback in the draft. He has prototypical size, athleticism and a strong arm, but he underachieved last season with inconsistent accuracy. Several draft analysts believe Kizer will be available when the Bears make their second-round pick (36th overall).

No. 2: Garoppolo is the safer pick.

The safer alternative is Garoppolo because he has three seasons of experience with the Patriots. It’s true that the vast majority of that time has been spent watching Brady play the position, but there’s also value in that.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick praised Garoppolo’s work ethic and his acceptance by the team last summer when the Bears traveled to practice with the Patriots.

“I think that happened Day One when he came here,” Belichick said. “He’s always done that. I don’t think it’s been any different this year. He has grown this year, but I don’t think his approach has been any different. Jimmy has good presence for the position. I think he always has.”

The 2016 season was supposed to be Garoppolo’s opportunity to show his readiness to be a starter because Brady was suspended for the first four games for his alleged role in “Deflategate.”

But after less than six quarters as the starter, Garoppolo was sidelined with a right-shoulder injury that kept him out for several weeks. Before getting injured, Garoppolo was spectacular, completing 42 of 59 passes (71.2 percent) for 496 yards, 4 touchdowns, zero interceptions and a passer rating of 119.0.

He has one year remaining on his four-year, $3.48 million rookie contract, but no team that trades for him would do so without a long-term extension in place.

No. 3: The Patriots won’t let Garoppolo go cheaply.

Rumors suggest the starting point in trade talks with the Patriots is a first- and fourth-round draft pick for the 25-year-old Garoppolo.

That’s too much to give up in the Bears’ case, since they hold the third overall selection. Too much unless they’re convinced he is worth much more than he was in 2014, when he was a late second-round pick (62nd overall).

Since then, adding in garbage-time appearances to his two starts, he has completed 63 of 94 passes for 690 yards with 5 touchdown passes and no interceptions for a rating of 106.2.

That’s not a large enough body of work for the Bears to give up the third overall pick unless they’re convinced Garoppolo is their long-term answer at quarterback.

Don’t forget how impressively the Bears’ No. 3 quarterback, Matt Barkley, played last season before he crashed and burned.

In his first three starts, Barkley had an 83.0 passer rating with 4 TD passes and 2 interceptions. After opponents had three games’ worth of film on him, Barkley threw 10 interceptions and 4 TD passes in his next three starts for a 66.0 passer rating. He also lost 2 fumbles on sacks.

The Bears and others will proceed more cautiously than the Houston Texans did last off-season when they signed unrestricted free agent Brock Osweiler to a four-year, $72 million deal that included $37 million guaranteed. The Texans overspent for Osweiler after he had accumulated just seven mildly encouraging starts in four years with Broncos, and they wound up benching him. Osweiler finished 29th in the league with a disappointing 72.2 rating.

No. 4: Comparing apples and oranges in the NFL.

When the Philadelphia Eagles traded Sam Bradford to the Minnesota Vikings just before the start of the 2016 season, they got a first-round pick this year and a fourth-rounder in 2018.

But the two situations are not comparable. The Vikings were in panic mode after Teddy Bridgewater went down with an injury on the eve of what Minnesota expected would be a playoff season.

The Bears have no such reasonable expectations for next season, regardless of who is at quarterback.

More important, Bradford was the No. 1 overall pick in 2010, and a more proven commodity than Garoppolo.

Bradford had made 64 NFL starts before the Vikings traded for him, and had 54 TD passes vs. 31 interceptions in three seasons.

In 2013, the Kansas City Chiefs gave up a second-round pick (34th overall) and a conditional pick (which became a second-rounder) to the 49ers for Alex Smith. But Smith was 29 and had started 75 games, posting a 38-36-1 record. Smith also was a No. 1 overall pick (2005).

The Bears won’t be the only team interested in Garoppolo. The Browns (at No. 1), and the 49ers (No. 2) have critical needs at quarterback.

Still, it’s conceivable the Bears could offer their second-round pick this year (36th overall) and a fourth-rounder next year for Garoppolo.

That would allow Pace to draft a defensive difference-maker in the first round and also get a quarterback of the future who’s ready to play right now.

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Garoppolo Shines in Debut as Patriots Starter; Patriots down Cardinals 23-21

September 12, 2016 - Author: John-Mark and Chuck Mallory

Jimmy Garoppolo was stellar in his first game filling in for suspended New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, completing 24-33 passes for 264 yards and one touchdown. The Patriots and the Arizona Cardinals went back and forth all game, but Garoppolo was able to drive the team down the field late in the 4th quarter before kicker Stephen Gostkowski came in to kick what would be the game-winning field goal. From there, the Patriots defense forced the Cardinals to attempt a long field goal, which was missed. Garoppolo then took a knee to run out the clock and seal the victory.

The game went in Arizona’s favor early, as a sack of Garoppolo forced him to fumble. Arizona’s Chandler Jones recovered the fumble, which led to a Cardinals touchdown. Despite the early setback, Garoppolo was able to bounce back and make great plays for the Patriots all over the field. While the Patriots are generally known for having a deep passing game when Brady is under center, it would appear that Head Coach Bill Belichick adjusted the gameplan for Garoppolo. Many of the Patriots’ offensive drives included more running plays than passing plays, and when Garoppolo did pass he threw short or mid-range strikes. Despite this, the Patriots still moved the ball very efficiently. Garoppolo’s biggest strength in this game was his effectiveness on 3rd down. Garoppolo completed 8 of 10 3rd down throws and converted seven of those throws for first downs. Arizona has a lot of weapons on offense, including future Hall of Fame wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, and a key part of the gameplan with Garoppolo was to keep the Patriots offense on the field so Arizona’s offense would have fewer chances to score. Despite Fitzgerald’s 2 touchdown catches and a late push by the Cardinals’ offense down the field, the Patriots were able to hang on and get the victory.

The spotlight was squarely on Garoppolo after the game, but instead of basking in it Garoppolo was quick to give most of the credit to his teammates and coaches. It is clear that Garoppolo isn’t going to be a cocky kind of guy when leading this Patriots team.

“Whoever’s out there on the field, we have a lot of confidence in one another, and that means a lot to us,” Garoppolo said. “The coaching staff did a great job simplifying plays for us on third down. It makes things a lot easier for all of us when you have coaching like that.”

While many experts didn’t pick the Patriots to win this game, it seems as if there might be more believers in Garoppolo than there were before the opening kickoff. There will now be even more scrutiny on Garoppolo when the Patriots face off against the Miami Dolphins next week in Massachusetts. While he won’t have as tough of an opponent as Arizona’s defense was, there will be increased pressure for Garoppolo to build on his success from this game. Many people were unsure of Garoppolo’s skill level coming into the season since he hadn’t played much time in meaningful games. As of the time this article was published, Jimmy Garoppolo is trending on Twitter. It just goes to show how much it means to be a starting quarterback in the NFL. If Garoppolo keeps playing this well in the team’s next three games, there may be other NFL teams that try to trade for Garoppolo to make him their starter. Anything is possible, but for now it’s really cool to see a kid like Garoppolo get to live his dream.

Jimmy Garoppolo and the Patriots will look to add to their momentum coming off Sunday night’s huge win when they battle the Dolphins next week in the Patriots’ home opener at Gillette Stadium. The Game starts at 1 pm EST on Sunday, September 18th. Be sure to keep checking jimmygaroppolo.net for more news and updates on the up and coming QB.

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Jimmy Garoppolo Video: Meet the Garoppolos

September 9, 2016 - Author: John-Mark and Chuck Mallory

This coming Sunday, Jimmy Garoppolo will play the quarterback position for New England Patriots as they play the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ (8:30 pm EDT, 7:30 pm CDT, on NBC).

Tom Brady will miss the first four games as Patriots QB due to the NFL-imposed four-game Deflategate suspension.

In case you missed it, here is a video from the New England Patriots about their up-and-coming star, Jimmy Garoppolo. You get to travel to his quaint hometown of Arlington Heights, IL, meet the parents and brothers, see him drive his snappy new Chevy, and much more.

This exemplifies what a down-to-earth guy he is–as is his family. When he was drafted, it was the first time any of the family members had been to New York!

Jimmy Garoppolo Video

Want to keep up on a daily basis with the latest news on Jimmy Garoppolo? Follow this Twitter account: Jimmy Garoppolo Fans.

 

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Jimmy Garoppolo Will Start Patriots’ First Four Games After Brady Suspension Upheld

August 1, 2016 - Author: John-Mark and Chuck Mallory

The New England Patriots’ have announced that Jimmy Garoppolo will be the team’s starting quarterback for the first four games of the upcoming NFL season after Tom Brady’s four-game suspension regarding the “Deflategate” scandal was reinstated by The US Second Court of Appeals at the end of April. Although some thought Brady may appeal the decision further up to the US Supreme Court, he made a statement shortly after the ruling saying that he would not fight the suspension any longer.

“It has been a challenging 18 months and I have made the difficult decision to no longer proceed with the legal process,” Brady said in a statement. “I’m going to work hard to be the best player I can be for the New England Patriots and I look forward to having the opportunity to return to the field this fall.”

This decision clears the way for Garoppolo to be an NFL starting quarterback for the Patriots’ first four games of this season, and marks the quarterback’s first true test of whether or not he has the talents to be a starting quarterback in this league. While seeing glimpses of Garoppolo’s success in garbage time or in preseason games, fans have often wondered how Garoppolo would stack up if he had Brady’s job. Well, now those fans will get their chance to find out.

Garoppolo hasn’t had much experience in the NFL. He’s thrown just 31 passes in two seasons as the Patriots’ backup quarterback. But in the limited time he’s been on the field, Garoppolo has shown he can have an impact running with the ball or throwing downfield. This adds a new element to the quarterback position that the Patriots could toy with in the first four games of the season, as Brady isn’t considered a running quarterback. Garoppolo has received a lot of attention in the past few weeks since it was clear he’d be the starter for part of this season. His former coach at Eastern Illinois University, Dino Babers, had high praise for his former QB.

“Jimmy Garoppolo was the William Tell, to me, of college football,” Babers said in an interview with ESPN. “I’ve never seen a quarterback that could hit exactly what he was throwing at. I’m not talking about putting it on a guy’s body, you put your hand out there and he’s sticking the ball right in the middle of your palm…I’m just telling you, this young man is exceptional. If Bill Belichick put a second-round draft pick on him, he knows what he’s doing.”

Indeed, the Patriots’ coaching staff has been asked a lot about Garoppolo since he was named the apparent starter for these first four games. These games against the Arizona Cardinals, Miami Dolphins, Houston Texans, and Buffalo Bills, respectively, will not be easy (no NFL game is). However, it is clear that the coaching staff of the Patriots are confident in Garoppolo’s abilities, and won’t be changing much in the way of how the team practices or prepares.

“This is really the time of the year where we really try to provide everyone with their foundation for the whole year, so our philosophy really is going to remain unchanged for a while here, in terms of repetitions,” Patriots Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels said. “We usually split them up pretty evenly. We don’t really put anybody in first and second groups, or third groups, at this point.”

Even opposing coaches have been singing the praises of Garoppolo. Here’s the Head Coach of the New York Jets, the Patriots’ division rival, on Garoppolo and the team:

“Garoppolo can play,” Todd Bowles told the New York Daily News. “They don’t worry about who they have. They just have a system in place and they go play football. I think people underestimate that. You still have to knock off the champs. It’s theirs until somebody takes it from them.”

It seems as if there are high expectations on Garoppolo, but based on how much talent he’s shown and how his peers in the NFL view him, it seems likely that the young QB could live up to them. Garoppolo has a chance to prove he is a starting-caliber NFL quarterback, which may even land him an opportunity to start on a team other than New England in the future. All that Garoppolo has to focus on now is the start of the season and getting ready to play in a role that he hasn’t held since college. The Patriots’ regular season starts on Sunday, September 11th when the Patriots visit Arizona to face the Cardinals. It’s an exciting time to be a fan of the Patriots and Garoppolo, so keep checking jimmygaroppolo.net for more news and updates!

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Jimmy Garoppolo as Patriots Starting QB Suddenly a Reality

April 25, 2016 - Author: John-Mark and Chuck Mallory
Jimmy Garoppolo NFL New England Patriots

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…

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Judge Overturns Brady Suspension, Garoppolo Once Again Backup

September 3, 2015 - Author: John-Mark and Chuck Mallory

New York Judge Richard Berman overturned the NFL’s four-game suspension of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady regarding the “Deflategate” scandal Friday, meaning he will start the season as the starting quarterback for the team. While the ruling is a big victory for the Patriots and the NFL Players Association, it’s bittersweet for Jimmy Garoppolo fans who wanted to see what skills the young player had at the quarterback position as a starter. The NFL is expected to appeal the ruling, but that appeal most likely won’t be heard during the upcoming NFL season. Barring injury, Brady should start every game of this season for the Patriots.

 

Berman’s ruling is over 40 pages long, and is very critical of the NFL in general. In the ruling, Berman states that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell created “His own brand of justice”. Berman also added that he thought the league’s independent investigation into the scandal wasn’t actually an independent investigation at all. His ruling was clear in this passage:

“The Court finds that no player alleged or found to have had a general awareness of the inappropriate ball deflation activities of others or who allegedly schemed with others to let air out of footballs in a championship game and also had not cooperated in an ensuing investigation, reasonably could be on notice that their discipline would (or should) be the same as applied to a player who violated the NFL Policy on Anabolic Steroids and Related Substances.”

The NFL issued the following statement regarding Berman’s decision:

“We are grateful to Judge Berman for hearing this matter, but respectfully disagree with today’s decision. We will appeal today’s ruling in order to uphold the collectively bargained responsibility to protect the integrity of the game,” Goodell wrote. “The commissioner’s responsibility to secure the competitive fairness of our game is a paramount principle, and the league and our 32 clubs will continue to pursue a path to that end. While the legal phase of this process continues, we look forward to focusing on football and the opening of the regular season.”

Patriots fans and NFL players everywhere are celebrating this huge victory for the team and the rights of players in general. It is certainly an unprecedented ruling, as many thought that the NFL keeping the case in New York would work in the league’s favor. Fans of Garoppolo certainly want what’s best for the Patriots, which honestly is Tom Brady as the team’s starting quarterback, but it would’ve been nice to get a glimpse of the up and coming quarterback as a starter for a major NFL franchise. Even if it was just four games Garoppolo would’ve started, it would’ve been a huge test for him and a good gauge of how he could play as a starter in the league. For now, Garoppolo fans will have to keep waiting. Garoppolo hasn’t commented yet on this situation, but we will update this story if he does, so keep checking jimmygaroppolo.net

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