It’s official, Jimmy Garoppolo is the “captain” now in New England. The third year Quarterback for the Patriots has been forced into action for the first four weeks of the 2016 NFL regular season with the controversial suspension of Tom Brady being upheld.
An uncommon and unlikely scenario is now reality for the Patriots as Brady will not be under center for the first time since his injury back in 2008 where Matt Cassell took the reigns and just barely missed the playoffs with an 11-5 record. If 2008 is any indicator, it shows that the Patriots can be successful without their MVP-caliber field general. Luckily for them, the change will only be temporary as head coach Bill Belichick stated, Brady will return as the starter in Week 5 against the Cleveland Browns. For now though, New England’s full focus is getting Garoppolo ready for Week 1 in Arizona to take on the Cardinals.
What a way to make a first start for Jimmy Garoppolo. Week 1, Sunday Nigh Football, In Arizona against the Cardinals, no easy task for any QB, but especially for one making their first start. While many people have already been chalking Week 1 up as a loss for New England, there should be some hope behind the young arm of Garoppolo. He could not be in a better situation as a first time starter. He’ll be coached by one of the best staffs in the league, as well as the best quarterback in the league as a mentor, and play with one of the best rosters in the league. While Garoppolo is obviously not up to the standard of Brady, he will only have to be a game manager and limit mistakes for the Patriots to be successful for the first four weeks. The talent of the rest of the Patriots should be enough to carry them until Brady returns.
The Patriots also lucked out a bit with the opening part of their schedule. Aside from Week 1, the Patriots have three very winnable games, and to make matters better, they are at home. They will face the Miami Dolphins, Houston Texans, and Buffalo Bills respectively. It is very possible that New England will go 4-0 or 3-1 to start off the first quarter of 2016. As long as the Patriots can weather the storm, they will still have a successful season and be serious Super Bowl contenders.