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Jimmy Garoppolo: “Smoother operation” without Tom Brady at practice

New England Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) watches his team play during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the New York Giants on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) AP

The only sign of Tom Brady around the Patriots right now is the enormous one that the team put up at Gillette Stadium as Brady has started serving his four-game suspension.

Brady’s absence means that there’s no longer a need for the Patriots to chop up reps with the first-team offense after a summer spent balancing Brady’s practice time with the need for Jimmy Garoppolo to prepare for the start of the regular season. While speaking to reporters on Wednesday, was asked if he was excited to be the only player teammates were looking to as the leader of the offense.

“Yeah, it’s a smoother operation, I’ll say that,” Garoppolo said in comments distributed by the team. “It’s just me and Jacoby [Brissett], all the reps are just between the two of us now and we kind of know where we sit on that. It’s different without Tom [Brady], no question about it, but it is what it is at this point.”

It’s an understandable response from a player who has never started an NFL game about sharing time with one who has won four Super Bowls as the starter in New England. While everyone’s known for some time that Garoppolo would be starting the first four games, the presence of Brady is a hard one to ignore around the practice field and team facility.

Now Garoppolo can step into the role without any need to split time or anything else with Brady, a setup the Patriots hope will lead to smooth operation for the offense on Sunday night and beyond.

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62 Responses to “Jimmy Garoppolo: “Smoother operation” without Tom Brady at practice”
  1. mongo3401 says: Sep 7, 2016 2:24 PM

    NE is going against a very nasty pass rush defense out of the gate.

  2. shadywarrior says: Sep 7, 2016 2:24 PM

    I want to see that giant Brady come to life and wreak havoc like the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man.

  3. ricko1112 says: Sep 7, 2016 2:25 PM

    NE isn’t going to miss a beat.

    3-1 with the 1 being a flukey loss.

  4. bullcharger says: Sep 7, 2016 2:25 PM

    As a Patriots fan I am legitimately surprised how many pundits have the Patriots going 3-1 during the first 4 games under Jimmy. Hopefully!

  5. aj66shanghai says: Sep 7, 2016 2:31 PM

    We’ll see how “smooth” it is when he’s got the weight of Patriot fans’ hope AND a few Cardinals D-lineman on his shoulders

  6. amadorcountyca says: Sep 7, 2016 2:33 PM

    It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish. Patriots 2016-17 season will be known as “Scorched Earth- Brady’s Revenge.”

  7. phishead1313 says: Sep 7, 2016 2:35 PM

    Sounds like someones turning the page…Hey Brady, its Bledsoe on line 2..

  8. Patskrieg says: Sep 7, 2016 2:36 PM

    Well yeah. Their training camp was basically all the receivers and linemen constantly being mixed and matched between 3 quarterbacks to force everyone to adapt to everyone else. Out of all those WR’s they end up keeping 5. Now you have Garoppolo working with his starting receivers and starting offensive line and that’s it.

    Leave it to the clueless Boston press to spin this into yet another unsubstantiated story about Brady bullying poor Jimmy G all summer.

    So glad to be here on PFT where things are…. sane?

  9. hang3xc says: Sep 7, 2016 2:39 PM

    mongo3401 says:
    “NE is going against a very nasty pass rush defense out of the gate.”

    Yeah, w/a very suspect O-line on top of it

  10. hugeheavywoman says: Sep 7, 2016 2:41 PM

    Breaking News: Jimmy G demands that Kraft takes down Brady’s stadium pic because it makes him nervous!!

  11. manureman says: Sep 7, 2016 2:49 PM

    Seems with Jimmy it’s we instead of ME!

  12. usitait says: Sep 7, 2016 3:04 PM

    “With TB gone…the footballs are just….different…not sure why…just….different”-Jimmy G

  13. orange and blue own the nfl says: Sep 7, 2016 3:05 PM

    I bet it is smoother without all the complex cheating schemes.

  14. citizenstrange says: Sep 7, 2016 3:06 PM

    It is weird that the Patriots put up a ginormous picture of a player currently suspended for cheating. Seriously.

  15. greenlargo says: Sep 7, 2016 3:08 PM

    mongo3401 says:
    Sep 7, 2016 2:24 PM
    NE is going against a very nasty pass rush defense out of the gate.

    ———————————

    Yeah, and although I like the moves they have been making with the Oline the last few days, the fact of them making them these past few days makes me wonder if they have that dialed in yet.

  16. profootball13 says: Sep 7, 2016 3:08 PM

    It’s a shame that Brady Cheated and Opened Up this UGLY Can of Worms…….smh……….

  17. truetrue85 says: Sep 7, 2016 3:09 PM

    I love my Patriots, but ANYBODY saying things will be fine with Jimmy under center are so deep in denial it’s not even funny. Jimmy could shock us all and play lights out, but until I see it in real time I’m hoping to at least come out of this at .500. The defense is going to have to step up and win games, because until proven otherwise, I’m not convince Jimmy can do that.

  18. nhpats says: Sep 7, 2016 3:10 PM

    citizenstrange says:
    Sep 7, 2016 3:06 PM
    It is weird that the Patriots put up a ginormous picture of a player currently suspended for cheating. Seriously.

    ————–

    C’mon man Brady is suspended because Goodell and some other owners wanted to give your team and some other teams a chance this season. That is the only reason. But you know what, it won’t matter…..your team still doesn’t have a chance.

  19. greenlargo says: Sep 7, 2016 3:10 PM

    citizenstrange says:
    Sep 7, 2016 3:06 PM
    It is weird that the Patriots put up a ginormous picture of a player currently suspended for cheating. Seriously.

    ———————————

    If you are feeling the need to play that tired old card you must not feel good that your team can beat them this year.

  20. embolomere says: Sep 7, 2016 3:11 PM

    “NE is going against a very nasty pass rush defense out of the gate.”

    Carson Palmer will too.

  21. joko12blog says: Sep 7, 2016 3:12 PM

    Brady has 4 rings in case some of you forgot

  22. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Sep 7, 2016 3:14 PM

    ricko1112 says:
    Sep 7, 2016 2:25 PM
    NE isn’t going to miss a beat.

    3-1 with the 1 being a flukey loss.
    ————————————–

    No fluke to lose to an AZ team that just went to the NFCCG especially in their house with a QB making his first start, in fact I would be surprised if they won. With Brady it would be hard to imagine the game would be any more than a pick ’em against the line. With Garoppolo under center 3-1 would be outstanding and 2-2 acceptable. It’s one thing to be a fan and another to be a fanboy.

  23. eddiea25 says: Sep 7, 2016 3:16 PM

    To all ill people: Come to Gillette, touch the Lighthouse, and be cured.

  24. portnoychunk says: Sep 7, 2016 3:20 PM

    Pats fan here. I hope they prove me wrong but I don’t see them winning in Arizona. If the Pats D can get to Palmer than it might be a game. Other games are at home so I imagine they’ll be looking at about 2-2 if Jimmy G. doesn’t make silly mistakes.

  25. iamkillerfin says: Sep 7, 2016 3:23 PM

    Go get ’em Arizona!!! Sack sack sack!!!

  26. idpfantasyfootball says: Sep 7, 2016 3:24 PM

    Tom Brady is not a smooth operator?!! I’m shocked..

  27. fireroger says: Sep 7, 2016 3:26 PM

    citizenstrange says:
    Sep 7, 2016 3:06 PM
    It is weird that the Patriots put up a ginormous picture of a player currently suspended for cheating. Seriously.
    ======================
    Seriously it should be a 3rd grade report card with a huge font for the subject of Science.

  28. grabgrabgrab says: Sep 7, 2016 3:29 PM

    So in other words, Brady is more of a distraction at this stage. Interesting.

  29. 6ball says: Sep 7, 2016 3:32 PM

    .
    I realize I’m in the minority but I think the star of the Patriots is their defense. I think they can be dominant, especially early on before teams are fully in sync. I’ll take the criticism if I’m wrong.
    .

  30. LyinRogerMustGo says: Sep 7, 2016 3:35 PM

    JG doesn’t need to be Tom for these 4 games. He just needs to be serviceable. Which he will be.🙂 He will be in a system not designed for Brady, but designed to minimize his mistakes. Which it will.

    Don’t forget the Patriots have a defense for the first time in years.
    🙂

  31. LyinRogerMustGo says: Sep 7, 2016 3:37 PM

    The defense is going to have to step up and win games, because until proven otherwise, I’m not convince Jimmy can do that.


    I expect they will do just that.

    And same for when Tom comes back. Brady has carried this team for years and now the defense will return the favor. It’s about time.
    🙂

  32. LyinRogerMustGo says: Sep 7, 2016 3:39 PM

    I realize I’m in the minority but I think the star of the Patriots is their defense.

    I don’t think you’re in the minority!🙂

    It’s a nice feeling knowing when the game is on the line you can put your trust in the D. We haven’t been able to say that for at least a decade.

    I look forward to it.

  33. silverhat78 says: Sep 7, 2016 3:41 PM

    The Patriots are close to becoming bottom barrel team. Once Brady leaves it will be all down hill. Watch… Bill will jump ship and retire. It will very funny and epic to watch.

  34. u4iadman says: Sep 7, 2016 3:42 PM

    Wish Jimmy well.

    But Brady is a proven cheater.

  35. raiders4ever says: Sep 7, 2016 3:46 PM

    not a Patriots fan by any means and I always want the NFC to beat the AFC for tie breakers hoping Raiders can earn playoff shot but I will say this kid Jimmy G has a bright future ahead of him…my personal mock draft that year i had my Raiders drafting Jimmy G in the 2nd round little did i know Carr would be the gun slinger he is today thats why im not the GM but should be good games opening weekend..GOOD LUCK everyone !!

  36. Judge Smails says: Sep 7, 2016 3:48 PM

    Control freak is the translation

  37. superpatriotsfan says: Sep 7, 2016 3:50 PM

    It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish. Patriots 2016-17 season will be known as “Scorched Earth- Brady’s Revenge.”
    ———–
    Funny how Pats fans were saying that last season. Where Brady went 3-5 the last 8 games (playoffs included)

  38. superpatriotsfan says: Sep 7, 2016 3:53 PM

    Lol at the Pats fan boys thinking their defense is the best. They haven’t played a single regular season game. Of course every team looks good on paper. Remember the Pats D lost to the Dolphins and Jets last year at the end of the season.

  39. weepingjebus says: Sep 7, 2016 3:54 PM

    I don’t know which I’ve enjoyed more, the fifteen years of dominance, or the fifteen years of people claiming it was all about to come crashing down any second. Belichick/Brady has lasted longer than the French Fourth Republic, and all you can do at this point is blame it on imaginary football pressure problems that the league’s own lawyers admitted were false in open court. Boring and sad.

  40. daddeeo says: Sep 7, 2016 4:01 PM

    Jimmy could prolly use some polishing on his public facing comments.

    Nothing negative said. Just didn’t sound all that bright…

  41. MiamiDolphinsNationTravelingtoSeattle says: Sep 7, 2016 4:06 PM

    1-3 when the Shady one returns, then the big question is who is going to protect him? that o-line is in shambles.

  42. greenlargo says: Sep 7, 2016 4:13 PM

    MiamiDolphinsNationTravelingtoSeattle says:
    Sep 7, 2016 4:06 PM
    1-3 when the Shady one returns, then the big question is who is going to protect him? that o-line is in shambles.

    —————————————-
    Actually McCoy plays for Buffalo.

    Enjoy your stay in Seattle.

  43. dispozblcopy says: Sep 7, 2016 4:13 PM

    Season starts tomorrow, thank goodness. All the yackety-yack can at least be about what’s happening/happened, rather than a bunch of “predictions” based on nothing other than bias for or against.

  44. YouCryin?PatsMustBeDoingTheirJob says: Sep 7, 2016 4:18 PM

    We are blessed in Patriot nation. Spoiled and Envied, too.

  45. greenlargo says: Sep 7, 2016 4:19 PM

    truetrue85 says:
    Sep 7, 2016 3:09 PM
    I love my Patriots, but ANYBODY saying things will be fine with Jimmy under center are so deep in denial it’s not even funny. Jimmy could shock us all and play lights out, but until I see it in real time I’m hoping to at least come out of this at .500. The defense is going to have to step up and win games, because until proven otherwise, I’m not convince Jimmy can do that.

    —————————————–

    If the game was going to be carried on JG’s shoulders I would agree with you. But it’s really how the team functions that will make or break these games. If the Oline breaks down I don’t think JG can bail them out like TB might, that’s the difference. But if it’s all happening JG can hand off a lot and with good running support only need to deliver average journeyman passing numbers while the team goes 3-1. If it’s above or below 3-1 the difference is going to be from something elsewhere on the team than the QB.

  46. tedmurph says: Sep 7, 2016 4:29 PM

    Pats will have a phenominal D, and their OLine will be much improved with the return of injured players, maturing younger players, acquisitions and much better coaching. Still, I don’t think the Pats can score 80 pts in their 1rst 4 gms, against the defenses they have to face. Preseason doesn’t mean much, but JG did ZERO against 1rst team offenses, skill players or not.

    Here’s one for ya(I feel extra sorry for the trolls today, so I’ll throw one out there). What if Garappolo is great? Does Brady, who seems to be miffed @the Pats say, ‘I’m not coming back. I’ll retire unless you trade me to the 49ers’ What would be the price?

  47. kissbillsrings says: Sep 7, 2016 4:30 PM

    So just what is it he was suppose to say??
    Tom, the GOAT is the starter….of course he will get massive reps…
    Now that he’s on vacation for 4 weeks the focus is now on Jimmy & Brissett to get all the reps & be prepared for the next opponent…..
    It HAS to be smoother for BOTH OF THEM with Brady not there getting his reps in….
    It’s Jimmys job to get prepared & same with Brissett….
    I have absolutely no issue with anything he had to say…..
    Wish him the best of luck & same for the entire Pats team!!!
    Excited to see some football…
    Go Pats!!!

  48. kissbillsrings says: Sep 7, 2016 4:58 PM

    Brady will be back week 5…. And probably 5 more years….

  49. greenlargo says: Sep 7, 2016 5:03 PM

    tedmurph says:
    Sep 7, 2016 4:29 PM
    Pats will have a phenominal D, and their OLine will be much improved with the return of injured players, maturing younger players, acquisitions and much better coaching. Still, I don’t think the Pats can score 80 pts in their 1rst 4 gms, against the defenses they have to face. Preseason doesn’t mean much, but JG did ZERO against 1rst team offenses, skill players or not.

    Here’s one for ya(I feel extra sorry for the trolls today, so I’ll throw one out there). What if Garappolo is great? Does Brady, who seems to be miffed @the Pats say, ‘I’m not coming back. I’ll retire unless you trade me to the 49ers’ What would be the price?

    ——————————————

    If JG is great then the price they can get for him just goes up that much more. (If he is even just reasonable they will get a ton for him in today’s crazy QB market) Al JG is doing for these four games is auditioning for that trade. Brisette is the one that will be taking over for Brady when he retires.

  50. Judge Smails says: Sep 7, 2016 5:07 PM

    Maybe the next “Bledsoe” is upon us

    Since Kraft stood with his billionaire friends……

    Time to deep six “12”

  51. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 7, 2016 5:08 PM

    ‘The Patriots are close to becoming bottom barrel team. Once Brady leaves it will be all down hill. Watch… Bill will jump ship and retire. It will very funny and epic to watch.’

    Yeah, cause being one of the last four teams standing almost every season is “bottom of the barrell”

    SMH

  52. MiamiDolphinsNationTravelingtoSeattle says: Sep 7, 2016 5:17 PM

    After seeing the beating Jimmy Grapolo will take in the first 4 games Shady will see this suspension was definately to his benefit and send Goodell a thank you note!

  53. LyinRogerMustGo says: Sep 7, 2016 5:24 PM

    Maybe the next “Bledsoe” is upon us
    —–

    Sadly, like anything in life….wishful thinking just doesn’t make it so.
    🙂

  54. greenlargo says: Sep 7, 2016 5:46 PM

    MiamiDolphinsNationTravelingtoSeattle says:
    Sep 7, 2016 5:17 PM
    After seeing the beating Jimmy Grapolo will take in the first 4 games Shady will see this suspension was definately to his benefit and send Goodell a thank you note!

    ——————

    McCoy plays for Buffalo and is not suspended for anything. (He gave it a good try though)

  55. greenlargo says: Sep 7, 2016 5:48 PM

    LyinRogerMustGo says:
    Sep 7, 2016 5:24 PM
    Maybe the next “Bledsoe” is upon us
    —–

    Sadly, like anything in life….wishful thinking just doesn’t make it so.
    🙂

    —————————

    Actually for that to happen it would mean JG came out the gate being better than Brady even. I don’t think that guy has thought his wishes through very well.

  56. ibillwt says: Sep 7, 2016 9:28 PM

    We’ll be fine. Coach may decide to rest Tom the first four games for the next 8-10 years of his career just to give him a fresh arm and legs for the tournament.

  57. slick50ks says: Sep 7, 2016 10:42 PM

    0-4

    Other than Brady, this administration hasn’t drafted a good QB. Not a single one.

  58. wartface says: Sep 8, 2016 1:25 AM

    Cardinals… 21, Patriot… 13

    Book It!

  59. shooter28 says: Sep 8, 2016 1:51 AM

    hang3xc says:
    Sep 7, 2016 2:39 PM

    mongo3401 says:
    “NE is going against a very nasty pass rush defense out of the gate.”

    Yeah, w/a very suspect O-line on top of it
    ————————————————————

    Are you on Meth?? In what world does Arizona have a suspect offensive line???

    Arizona has an Elite top 5 O-Line , Pro Football Focus ranks AZs Line as one of the best in the NFL!!!!

    At LT AZ has an Elite LT in 6″8/325PD Jared Veldheer who has ranked as a top 10 LT the past 2 years n AZ via PFF & in 2 years has only allowed 5 combined sacks!!!!! At RT 2015 1st round pick DJ Humphries is balling out and one of the top 5 highest ranked OTs this pre-season. He is excellent in pass pro n elite n very explosive run blocking!!!!

    At OG AZ has two of the best top 5 elite OGs n the NFL starting with 5X Pro Bowl/4X All Pro Elite 6″5/330pd LG Mike Iupati who ranked n the top 5 overall n 3rd best run blocker last year. AZ has a very solid Center in 6″2/315pd AQ Shipley who has ranked as a top 15 center or higher every year he has started. At RG AZ has 3X Pro Bowler/3x All-Pro absolute mauler 6″5/320pd Elite RG Evan Mathis who ranked 6th overall & ranked as the best #1 ranked run blocking OG Via Pro Football Focus last year and has been a monster thus far!!!!

    That is an Elite O-Line with some of the NFLs best linemen in the NFL, Not weak by any stretch in any world.

  60. tedmurph says: Sep 8, 2016 10:45 AM

    Ok, now here are the facts. Arizona’s OLine was ranked 18th at the end of last year by PFF. This year, they project them 9th, based on the potential of 3 new starters, some of which didn’t even play a snap last year. They’re certainly not top 5 or elite, nor are they one of the strengths of the team. This is not a perfect squad, good, but not perfect. They have glaring holes at CB. Last yr they had to blitz all the time because they couldn’t generate a pass rush(CJones should help). Last yr, the OLine was not a strength, this yr we’ll see. And their QB has won 1 playoff game in his 12 yr career. ADalton, except he’s done it longer. We shall see how much they can score on the Pats.

  61. trollaikman8 says: Sep 8, 2016 12:18 PM

    Nobody forced them to deflate, videotape, murder.

  62. helmetsail says: Sep 9, 2016 9:50 AM

    bullcharger says:
    Sep 7, 2016 2:25 PM
    As a Patriots fan I am legitimately surprised how many pundits have the Patriots going 3-1 during the first 4 games under Jimmy. Hopefully!

    “As a ___ fan” preamble is not needed. 80% of all posters on this site are Pats fans – the rest are haters.

    Anyway, good luck this season

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