Although he’ll never say it Bill Belichick probably thinks that this is a very, very good thing for the Patriots. Many of you will call that blasphemy, and yes it kills me to say the Patriots might be better off without Tom Brady for four games, but when you really look at it, it makes a lot of sense.
Jimmy Garoppolo is about to enter his third season in the NFL and has yet to play a single snap that had any significance. We can talk him up all we want, but until we see him perform with something on the line, and against real competition we really have no idea what he actually is. Why should any team trade a first round pick for Garappolo just because he has learned under Brady, Belichick, and McDaniels? Former Brady backups Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett have been given shots before proving anything and have failed miserably. If you want to maximize Jimmy G’s trade value, or maybe see if you actually have the quarterback of the future he has to play real games and this is the perfect way to do it.
The Patriots start the season on the road for a Sunday Night game against the Cardinals, a game that would be tough even if Brady were to play, but after that they are home for three in a row against the Dolphins, Texans, and Bills. Best case scenario, and the most likely scenario if you ask me, is we come out of Brady’s suspension 3-1 and Garappolo has shown that he can be a legitimate quarterback in this league, but that’s not even what makes this so good for the Patriots.
First off you will have Tom Brady who will have taken no hits and not tired out his arm taking over a 3-1 team. The extra rest alone for a 39 year old quarterback should be enough to make this a win for the Patriots, but what really makes this whole thing worth it is we get lunatic Tom Brady back. Sure he’s always crazy, but if you thought he was pissed off last year after not serving any games just imagine what he will be like this year. Add in the fact that he’s going to feel threatened by seeing someone else quarterbacking his team, and we have the makings for an all-time Tom Brady season which ends with him holding his fifth Lombardi Trophy, while the boos rain down on Fuhrer Goodell.