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What will the Patriots do at quarterback?

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 24:  Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots uses a phone on the sideline in the first half against the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 24, 2016 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Patriots face the Texans on Thursday night. Their temporary starter has an injury that will likely knock him out, at least temporarily. So what will they do about finding a temporary backup to the temporary replacement to the temporary starter who is subbing for the franchise quarterback who is temporarily suspended?

For now, no one knows.

Whatever they do, they’ll have to do it quickly. The list of available free agents with experience in the system is short (one of them is Tim Tebow, the others are Ryan Lindley and Matt Flynn), and it makes little sense to trade for someone who knows the offense if that person will be No. 4 on the depth chart or cut by the end of the month.

Whatever they do, it’s safe to say the Patriots have a plan for it. Bill Belichick, who deliberately chose not to add another quarterback during Tom Brady’s suspension, surely has considered what he will do if Jimmy Garoppolo is injured and only Jacoby Brissett remains. The rest of us will find out what that plan is, soon.

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  1. Mo Pro Babble says: Sep 19, 2016 6:55 AM

    Worst case scenario Pats will be leaving the NFL wondering what it will take to derail this train.
    Taking away Brady clearly isn’t the answer. The less than impartial refs teams couldn’t do it. Crushing JG, still no Bueno.
    Me, I’m wondering if Denver can win w/o zebra assistance. Don’t get me wrong, Denver is good, they just seem to always get just enough flags at the opportune moment to win in close games.

  2. grogansheroes says: Sep 19, 2016 7:02 AM

    Probably Matt Flynn if he is in shape. Lindly, no thanks.

  3. pastabelly says: Sep 19, 2016 7:04 AM

    Whoever they bring in won’t be winning any games, so it makes no difference. Brissett could go 1-1 and hand off to Brady a 3-1 record and that’s as much as the Pats could ask for. Jimmy Garoppolo proved he can play in the NFL. If that’s in New England or anywhere else, good for him. He seems like a good guy and is fun to watch.

  4. traptses says: Sep 19, 2016 7:04 AM

    Start Edelman at QB

  5. bostonloyalty says: Sep 19, 2016 7:17 AM

    JE11 is the backup QB. LMFAO!
    We good 3-1 won’t be a bad start! Hopefully jimmyG comes in week 4 and Brady (I mean the GOAT) will be back to take the reigns rest of the season

  6. ampats says: Sep 19, 2016 7:24 AM

    Julian Edelman, no need to acquire a backup as TB12 will be back in two weeks.

  7. tonyzendejas says: Sep 19, 2016 7:36 AM

    Kiko Alonso will probably get a job in the league office the day he retires.

  8. mikeytoth says: Sep 19, 2016 7:42 AM

    They will play with one and not skip a beat.

  9. cdace13 says: Sep 19, 2016 7:42 AM

    It pains me to say this, but shouldn’t it be Lindley? Wasn’t he in camp with them?

  10. joetoronto says: Sep 19, 2016 7:46 AM

    Imagine the stereotypical Bills fan, who was salivating when it was confirmed that Brady would miss the 1st 4 games of the season, thinking the Bills had a shot this year.

    He wakes up today only to see the Pats at 2-0 and the Bills at 0-2.

    That’s life in Buffalo.

  11. TB12RALLYCRY says: Sep 19, 2016 7:53 AM

    They don’t need to do anything ….Its about the TEAM

  12. shadywarrior says: Sep 19, 2016 7:54 AM

    Grab any old backup off the street, preferably one like Flynn that’s been here and learned the offense some. Roll with Brissett as the starter, he’s the most well versed in it. Already won two of the four games without Brady, already survivable, and one or two more Ws are just gravy, under the circumstances. Throw something against the wall Thursday night and hope it sticks, then they have 10 days to prep the kid for Buffalo. 3-1 still totally doable, and maybe they’ll even find some luck on Thursday. All is well in Pats Land.

  13. factpurveyor says: Sep 19, 2016 7:54 AM

    The NFL could release the PSI information that was collected during the 2015 season and everyone would see that cold weather and rain naturally lowers the PSI in footballs.
    The NFL could then end the Brady suspension and Brady could play on Thursday night.

  14. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Sep 19, 2016 7:56 AM

    Guessing it will be Lindley but you can be sure NE had a deep list of contingency candidates well before the first snap of the season. Read David Halbertstarm’s book on Belichick or Michael Holley’s on the team and you will come away convinced they probably have a plan in place to not just survive a zombie apocalypse but to keep them playing at a high level during it. And that’s your real ‘cheating’ trolls, the true secret behind their success and the reason you hate them. They really are the smartest and hardest working kid in the class and they don’t apologize for ruining the grading curve.

  15. footballgodtb12 says: Sep 19, 2016 7:56 AM

    Run it 62 times or trade a conditional 7th round pick for Matt Cassel…virtually the same thing

  16. BobbyHanks63 says: Sep 19, 2016 7:57 AM

    They could sign Justin Bieber and he’d end up with Q.B. rating around 100. Garappolo was throwing darts for T.D’s before the injury…. so I guess, when they give you lemons turn them into better than suitable replacements. That ‘darn Belichick’! Hey have you noticed he looks like someone is dressing him up a bit and giving him better haircuts? My guess is…..it’s that blonde bomb shell girlfriend of his, showing him how to look a little neater….. you know ” Come on Bill you don’t want to look like a homeless guy do yeah”? As if B.B. cares! Best of all time!!!

  17. solo681 says: Sep 19, 2016 8:02 AM

    Pats will add a QB for game 5 and stick with him – mark my words.

  18. brettfavrecellphone says: Sep 19, 2016 8:02 AM

    They’ll do what they always do…. win.

  19. ikeclanton says: Sep 19, 2016 8:35 AM

    Scene: Garoppolo slowly approaches Kiko Alonso the next time he sees him…

    “Well, LOOK who’s here…THAT’S the guy who sidelined Jimmy. THAT’S the guy who took the bread out of Jimmy’s mouth…”

    “Jimmy’s out of work because of you!!”

  20. superpatriotsfan says: Sep 19, 2016 8:38 AM

    They will cheat, as always

  21. pauldeba says: Sep 19, 2016 8:41 AM

    “Whoever they bring in won’t be winning any games, so it makes no difference. ”

    Kind of make a difference if Brisset gets injured up by 10 or 14 in the 3rd quarter.

  22. freefall0303 says: Sep 19, 2016 9:06 AM

    This year is poised to be great fun. For me anyway. For the Pats haters it’s gotta be a nightmare. The eagerness and malicious joy they felt over any impending Brady retirement is derailed now with Garoppalo looking way, way better than adequate. He looks downright sensational. Going to be fun to see if that’s the case. If Brissett does an adequate job that’s great – but this team going forward with either Brady or Garoppalo is downright scary… and they’re going to have both in a couple weeks. And all this with Dion Lewis and Gronk yet to hit the field. Did I mention scary?

    Like I said – this is going to be great fun.

  23. laces out says: Sep 19, 2016 9:17 AM

    Matt Cassell?

  24. remizak says: Sep 19, 2016 9:26 AM

    I just hope for his sake that Garoppolo is OK. Watching that first half yesterday I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. The guy looked like a seasoned veteran except for one thing: he was so delighted with what he and the team were doing together that he was like a little kid.

    It’s a shame for him that a game that he probably would have remembered as one of the best days of his life got ruined. He clearly loves the game and wants nothing more than to get his chance to play. I hope that he’ll be OK to play against the Bills in the 4th game.

  25. mitchmcc says: Sep 19, 2016 9:29 AM

    Is the water boy available?

  26. daddeeo says: Sep 19, 2016 9:32 AM

    NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS – going in with an unproven QB the mark was set at 2 of 4 wins with TB out.

    That is already accomplished.

    A loss to Houston is not the end of the world (though I still feel good about the game).

  27. footballfan58 says: Sep 19, 2016 9:36 AM

    superpatriotsfan says:

    They will cheat, as always

    —————————

    Wow. Great excuse from someone whose team probably doesn’t know the meaning of hard work. Go away, annoying fake Patriots fan.

  28. xinellum says: Sep 19, 2016 9:39 AM

    Ravens have former Patriot QB Ryan Mallett who appears to have gotten his life and pro football career back on track. He certainly is knowledgeable enough and capable enough to win for Bellicek. Only problem is, will the Patriots want to deal with the Ravens who there is no secret that they don’t like each other.

  29. lscottman3 says: Sep 19, 2016 9:41 AM

    how does alonso land squarely on Jimmy and not get flagged?

    He came in and grabbed his right arm as he fell on him, he clearly could have slid to the right and chose not to.

    there better be a fine coming tomorrow, that was illegal.

  30. superpatriotsfan says: Sep 19, 2016 9:42 AM

    joetoronto says:
    Sep 19, 2016 7:46 AM
    Imagine the stereotypical Bills fan, who was salivating when it was confirmed that Brady would miss the 1st 4 games of the season, thinking the Bills had a shot this year.

    He wakes up today only to see the Pats at 2-0 and the Bills at 0-2.

    That’s life in Buffalo.
    ———————-
    You sure like to talk about a city that you hate so much? Did some fat ugly girl refuse to sleep with you in Buffalo?

  31. gisellichek says: Sep 19, 2016 10:14 AM

    Patriots are 2-0… Karma’s a bitch!!!

  32. longjohnsilver601 says: Sep 19, 2016 10:14 AM

    We need Jules out there as a receiver. He’s a gifted athlete, I think he will need to pass the ball, run the route and catch it- no problemo!😉

  33. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 19, 2016 10:23 AM

    “how does alonso land squarely on Jimmy and not get flagged?

    there better be a fine coming tomorrow, that was illegal.”

    Clean hit nothing illegal at all. And I’m a Pats fan so no bias in favor of the Fins.

  34. solo681 says: Sep 19, 2016 10:43 AM

    Let Edelman play QB – he is fast enough to catch his own pass.

  35. neil0311 says: Sep 19, 2016 11:18 AM

    Go with Brissett as the starter and have Jimmy G backup with Edelman as emergency QB. In the very unlikely event that Brissett is also knocked out, hand the ball to a committee led by Blount and hope the defense holds.

    I doubt signing a scrub off the street does any better or provides and serious upgrade, certainly not after a day or two.

  36. chris6523 says: Sep 19, 2016 12:14 PM

    He will probably throw the punter in as emergency Qb and squeak out a 6-3 win.

  37. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Sep 19, 2016 12:25 PM

    A high school QB can have success with the Patriots. It’s really not that complicated. The system is that great. Sign Jake Coker to backup Jacoby and let’s keep moving.

  38. Mo Pro Babble says: Sep 19, 2016 12:44 PM

    superpatriotsfan says:
    Sep 19, 2016 9:42 AM
    joetoronto says:
    Sep 19, 2016 7:46 AM
    Imagine the stereotypical Bills fan, who was salivating when it was confirmed that Brady would miss the 1st 4 games of the season, thinking the Bills had a shot this year.

    He wakes up today only to see the Pats at 2-0 and the Bills at 0-2.

    That’s life in Buffalo.
    ———————-
    You sure like to talk about a city that you hate so much? Did some fat ugly girl refuse to sleep with you in Buffalo?

    Nah, once she admitted to being your girlfriend he lost interest.

  39. jddre says: Sep 19, 2016 1:23 PM

    NE will need a 3rd QB, even if they sign someone to the practice squad. Brissett may be just fine, but Edelman has an injury history, and Houston will be out to put the hurt on anyone they hit, and if someone gets knocked out, that’s life in the NFL. Looking at the rest of the division, I’d be more worried about OL issues than QB issues.

  40. jddre says: Sep 19, 2016 1:26 PM

    Mo Pro Babble – you noticed that too, eh? I saw a whole bunch of ‘pass interference’ penalties all day Sunday that were very questionable AT BEST, across all the games. And it sure does look like the refs have their predesignated favorites this year, more than ever.

  41. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 19, 2016 1:35 PM

    “A high school QB can have success with the Patriots. It’s really not that complicated. The system is that great”

    You keep posting this over and over and couldn’t be farther from the truth.

    Not only could a high school QB not run this system, very few can. You need a very high IQ and football IQ.

    If it was really that simple then all 31 other teams would have copied it and turned it against the Pats years ago.

    Keep trying to act like Brady and Garrappollo are nothing special. It makes you look like you don’t have a clue about what’s involved in the games, the Pats system and being a QB, but keep posting it.

  42. mburke2012 says: Sep 19, 2016 2:12 PM

    Didn’t I read somewhere that Matthew Slater played QB in high school or college??

  43. Troll Destroyer says: Sep 19, 2016 2:13 PM

    What will they do? Easy:

    Brissett starts Thursday with Edelman as backup. Result – Pats win.

    Brissett or Jimmie G. start week 4 vs Bills. Result – Pats win and as a bonus, Rex and Rob get canned.

    The Pats EASILY have the 2 best QBs in the AFC East with Tom and Jimmie G. Brissett could end up being the 3rd best…wouldn’t take much.

    Hell…Edelman could crack the top 5!

  44. Troll Destroyer says: Sep 19, 2016 2:18 PM

    harrisonhits2 says:
    Sep 19, 2016 1:35 PM
    “A high school QB can have success with the Patriots. It’s really not that complicated. The system is that great”

    You keep posting this over and over and couldn’t be farther from the truth.

    Not only could a high school QB not run this system, very few can. You need a very high IQ and football IQ.

    If it was really that simple then all 31 other teams would have copied it and turned it against the Pats years ago.

    Keep trying to act like Brady and Garrappollo are nothing special. It makes you look like you don’t have a clue about what’s involved in the games, the Pats system and being a QB, but keep posting it.

    —-

    Don’t waste your time.

    Brady has played, adapted and thrived under every conceivable type of offense known to man. Regardless of what these internet trolls say, he will go down as the undisputed GREATEST OF ALL TIME.

    It’s ridiculous. But trolls are ridiculous.

  45. gtizzo says: Sep 19, 2016 2:33 PM

    Why worry? The job is done. 2-0 is a perfect start. Even if the Pats are 2-2 when Brady comes back, still no need for worry. Jimmy earned his money for the season…heal up.

  46. Troll Destroyer says: Sep 19, 2016 2:35 PM

    gtizzo says:
    Sep 19, 2016 2:33 PM
    Why worry? The job is done. 2-0 is a perfect start. Even if the Pats are 2-2 when Brady comes back, still no need for worry. Jimmy earned his money for the season…heal up.

    —-

    I feel like they’ll beat the Texans and Bills at home.

  47. Mo Pro Babble says: Sep 19, 2016 5:00 PM

    Those who go out on the limb that the NE offense is so easy a caveman could run it have our gratitude. We’ve been wondering which of you don’t know the first thing about football. Know we know. Thanks for outing yourselves.

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