The Patriots have a lot of problems at the moment.
But they do not, as you might suspect, have a quarterback controversy.
After his team took a 41-14 thrashing from the Chiefs, coach Bill Belichick answered a lot of questions.
But he didn’t have to answer the one about whether the quarterback position would be evaluated this week, after he pulled Tom Brady and let rookie Jimmy Garoppolo finish up.
According to Phil Perry of CSNNE.com, Belichick “was dismissive, chuckling briefly, at the question.”
That’s a reasonable response considering it’s Tom F. Brady, but the Patriots offense was a mess all night.
And Garoppolo was sharp, going 6-for-7 for 70 yards and a touchdown to Rob Gronkowski. It was nice outing, even if it started down 41-7.
Meanwhile, Brady turned it over three times, and passed for 159 yards.
Asked whether playing the rookie was “performance-related to Tom or skill-related,” Belichick said: “We played everybody tonight.”
“I think our team competed,” he said. “I thought we competed there at the end. That’s what they should do.”
It was just hard to tell for most of the night.
“We need to do everything better offensively,” Belichick said. “We had like five first downs in the first half or something like that? We did a lot of things wrong. And we turned the ball over in the second half. Pretty much we need to do everything better.”
But don’t doubt they’re going to do it with Brady, lest you be scoffed at.