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Belichick: Garoppolo “could be” game-time decision

New England Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo receives attention after an injury during the first half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) AP

The Patriots may be starting rookie Jacoby Brissett at quarterback on Thursday night against the Texans, but there’s not much sign that they plan to share their intentions at the position publicly before they’re required to do it.

Coach Bill Belichick had no interest in discussing Jimmy Garoppolo’s shoulder injury during his press conference on Tuesday, reminding the assembled media that a medical degree is not among the credentials he accumulated on his way to deciding on life as a professional football coach. He said that the medical staff would make their call on Garoppolo’s status and that he’ll do “what’s best for the football team.

He didn’t say if Garoppolo, who reportedly has a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder, would take part in Tuesday’s walkthrough practice or if he might be a game-time decision.

“Could be, sure,” Belichick said, via WEEI.com. “It would depend on the situation. It would depend on a lot of things. It’s possible. Sure.”

Ed Werder of ESPN reported Tuesday that the Patriots “still believe” Garoppolo may be able to tolerate the pain in his shoulder well enough to play, although it seems like just the thing you’d say if you prefer your opponent know as little about your plans as possible. Texans coach Bill O’Brien has first-hand knowledge of Belichick’s way of doing business, although the lack of direct insight this week probably means a couple more long nights in the office covering all bases.

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59 Responses to “Belichick: Garoppolo “could be” game-time decision”
  1. tattooit says: Sep 20, 2016 12:17 PM

    Ed Werder.

    I repeat… Ed Werder.

    When was the last time this guy had the drop on ANYTHING!?

  2. buttfumbles says: Sep 20, 2016 12:17 PM

    I don’t think the Texans will be fooled by this..

  3. BoulderPhinfan says: Sep 20, 2016 12:17 PM

    LOL yea right.

  4. 345snarkavenue says: Sep 20, 2016 12:18 PM

    it’s great being a Patriots fan.

  5. 700levelvet says: Sep 20, 2016 12:19 PM

    So could Brady I guess….

  6. alan226 says: Sep 20, 2016 12:20 PM

    In Belichik speak: Garoppolo is not playing, but we will make you game plan for that way and your week of prep will be for nothing,,,

  7. footballfan825 says: Sep 20, 2016 12:20 PM

    Calm down Garoppolo isn’t gonna play… Also this will be the first loss for the patriots.

  8. willycents says: Sep 20, 2016 12:23 PM

    Belicheck also said Peyton Manning might start for them. The odds are about the same.

  9. infectorman says: Sep 20, 2016 12:27 PM

    Remember when NE went into Miami last year and dido’t attempt a pass the entire first half?
    Then fast forward to this year and the Miami-multiple-screen-name-nitwits all talked about how Miami was now better than NE?
    Adam Gase was gonna be the difference maker, blah blah, blah.
    Good times

    What an embarrassment of an NFL team
    Even the Original cheat master, Don Shula, couldn’t cheat his way to a winning record with that joke of a team.

  10. whywerule says: Sep 20, 2016 12:27 PM

    alan226 says:
    Sep 20, 2016 12:20 PM
    In Belichik speak: Garoppolo is not playing, but we will make you game plan for that way…

    Having worked for Belichick, O’Brien and Crennel are smart enough to have learned that you game plan for everyone on the opponents roster and practice squad.

  11. stealthjunk says: Sep 20, 2016 12:29 PM

    Spoiler alert: Jimmy G is not playing. Whenever “inside sources” from New England are spilling word to anyone who will listen that he might play, that’s a sure fire way to know that he’s not playing. They’re just trying to get an advantage, particularly on a short week. The media is a joke for taking the bait and citing “sources close to the team,” as if that somehow makes it more credible that he will actually play.

  12. buttfumbles says: Sep 20, 2016 12:32 PM

    In Belichik speak: Garoppolo is not playing, but we will make you game plan for that way and your week of prep will be for nothing,,,
    ———————

    I doubt that the Texans will be preparing for Garoppolo

  13. imodan says: Sep 20, 2016 12:34 PM

    People just haven’t been paying attention the last 15 years. This Texans game is EXACTLY the type of game NE wins. Latest example just two weeks ago. NO WAY NE goes into Arizona and beats the Cardinals without Brady….win. How many stunning victories will it take to convince football fans of the greatness that is Bell Belichick? He will challenge his team to do what most think is impossible and they will once again rise to that challenge. Goodell and the rest will once again throw up in their mouth’s in total disbelief.

  14. MiamiDolphinsNation says: Sep 20, 2016 12:34 PM

    Belicheat actually said something meaningful?

  15. hatersgonnahatehate says: Sep 20, 2016 12:41 PM

    classic misdirection

  16. AtheistsareIdiots says: Sep 20, 2016 12:42 PM

    I’m starting Edelman at QB in fantasy !

  17. firecracker87 says: Sep 20, 2016 12:48 PM

    Pats are 2-0. The NFL wanted to take Brady out for the sake of parity.

    Wait till a fresh Brady returns in October. If the Pats win this week a perfect season wouldn’t be out of the question.

  18. bobthebillsfan says: Sep 20, 2016 12:48 PM

    Yes, and I could win the lotto this week.

  19. terripet says: Sep 20, 2016 12:51 PM

    If he plays Houston will hurt him worst than he is now there D is much better than the Dolphins

  20. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Sep 20, 2016 12:52 PM

    In Belichick we trust.

  21. idiedpretty says: Sep 20, 2016 12:53 PM

    Honestly, this team might be able to win it all without Brady. Their high tech cheating sophistication is that good!

  22. 6ball says: Sep 20, 2016 12:54 PM

    .
    , @stealthjunk

    First read the headline, and then the actual post. It’s essential that you read and digest both. There were no ” unnamed sources”. Belichick was asked a direct question during a press conference and answered it in the only possible way. He doesn’t know because he’s not a doctor.
    .

  23. weepingjebus says: Sep 20, 2016 12:56 PM

    The real story here is how silly and disruptive Thursday night games are.

  24. duffelbagsports says: Sep 20, 2016 12:58 PM

    Who care about O’Brien and Houston I have to know whether I should start him on my fantasy team

  25. TB12RALLYCRY says: Sep 20, 2016 12:59 PM

    Belichick plays chess while the NFL plays checkers…..This will be one of , if not New Englands toughest game of the year . The Texans , with Obrien , Crennel , Vrabel and Wilfork know the Patriots better then anyone else…

  26. LyinRogerMustGo says: Sep 20, 2016 1:03 PM

    That’s not FAAAIR those cheatin’ Patriots are trying to trick the Texans waaaaah help us Goodell😥😥😥
    — Patriot Hater
    🙂

  27. jag1959 says: Sep 20, 2016 1:08 PM

    stealthjunk says:
    Sep 20, 2016 12:29 PM
    Spoiler alert: Jimmy G is not playing. Whenever “inside sources” from New England are spilling word to anyone who will listen that he might play, that’s a sure fire way to know that he’s not playing. They’re just trying to get an advantage, particularly on a short week. The media is a joke for taking the bait and citing “sources close to the team,” as if that somehow makes it more credible that he will actually play.
    _______________

    They’re trying to get an advantage? lmao
    Here’s a spoiler alert for you: O’Brien isn’t basing his prep on anything in the media. He has forgotten more about Belichick and the Patriots than the media or any of us will ever know.

  28. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 20, 2016 1:11 PM

    “This will be one of , if not New Englands toughest game of the year . The Texans , with Obrien , Crennel , Vrabel and Wilfork know the Patriots better then anyone else…”

    Quite true. Going to be an interesting game I expect. Both teams are going to pull out little used plays and trickery to try and get around the “other guy knows us really well” syndrome.

  29. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 20, 2016 1:15 PM

    “That’s not FAAAIR those cheatin’ Patriots are trying to trick the Texans waaaaah help us Goodell”

    I’m not sure how many of them can still type. Looks live several have already been gnawing their own extremities off in frustration at the Pats not losing the first 2 weeks.

    Lolz

  30. MiamiDolphinsNation says: Sep 20, 2016 1:19 PM

    firecracker87 says:
    Sep 20, 2016 12:48 PM

    Wait till a fresh Brady returns in October. If the Pats win this week a perfect season wouldn’t be out of the question.
    ROFLMAOOOOOOOOOOOO

  31. johnodocks says: Sep 20, 2016 1:30 PM

    Belichick is gonna have Tom’s long lost twin, Tim Brady, show up to play QB for the Patriots on Thursday… sans NFL helmet logo.

  32. tedmurph says: Sep 20, 2016 1:30 PM

    Obrien , Crennel , Vrabel and Wilfork were on the team last year. Final score Pats 27 Houston 6. At Houston. Aggregate score of the last 4 Pats vs Texans, 144-79. Not making any predictions, but the Pats don’t seem to be Houston’s greatest matchup, for whatever reason.

  33. Mo Pro Babble says: Sep 20, 2016 1:32 PM

    stealthjunk says:
    Sep 20, 2016 12:29 PM
    Spoiler alert: Jimmy G is not playing. Whenever “inside sources” from New England are spilling word to anyone who will listen that he might play, that’s a sure fire way to know that he’s not playing. They’re just trying to get an advantage, particularly on a short week. The media is a joke for taking the bait and citing “sources close to the team,” as if that somehow makes it more credible that he will actually play.

    Wow, I need to check with this guy before I make my picks!

    Always love insider info😉

  34. mmack66 says: Sep 20, 2016 1:43 PM

    MiamiDolphinsNation says:
    Sep 20, 2016 12:34 PM

    Belicheat actually said something meaningful?
    —————————

    Look, it’s bitter old Don Shula! Can’t get over being bested by Belichick.

  35. tylawspick6 says: Sep 20, 2016 2:04 PM

    It’s a pain tolerance factor, so it depends how he feels.

    This info is legit.

  36. motsuret06 says: Sep 20, 2016 2:09 PM

    Typical coach speak out of Lord Hoodie. You figure it out.

  37. greggallmansliver says: Sep 20, 2016 2:13 PM

    buttfumbles says:
    Sep 20, 2016 12:17 PM
    I don’t think the Texans will be fooled by this..

    ______________________________

    It’s not a ploy to fool them. It’s to make them do the extra work on short week. Call him / them a cheater yadda yadda but it’s this kind of stuff and not telling the media any information that could be used against them that gives them that little edge week in and week out. Look at the loud mouth coaches like Rex and you see how it has worked for him. A real smart football guy that does and says dumb crap every week. That’s the difference.

  38. 1gallon says: Sep 20, 2016 2:15 PM

    tylawspick6 says:
    Sep 20, 2016 2:04 PM

    It’s a pain tolerance factor, so it depends how he feels.

    This info is legit.
    ————

    How legit?

  39. spotsdad says: Sep 20, 2016 2:19 PM

    I’m a Coach, not a Doctor, Jim!!!!
    -Bones McCoy

  40. TheCakeIsALie says: Sep 20, 2016 2:23 PM

    “Coach, can you provide some information that would make Houston’s job easier?”

    “No.”

    end of story.

  41. stoopidfool says: Sep 20, 2016 2:26 PM

    QB won’t matter……..the Texans can’t stop the run on the road……their defense is a bunch of frauds

  42. fishyinalittledishy says: Sep 20, 2016 2:33 PM

    The Don (The bitter one) was made aware of an opposition playbook that was left behind after both teams shared a practice facility before a super bowl back in the day but declined the opportunity. The question is what would the Patriots have done with this little gem ? Interesting don’t you think? Having said that you have to say what a great first half they had Sunday. Might have been different though if Tannehills batteries in his helmet radio hadn’t been swamped for duds. I don’t blame the Patsies for this though as big arm Ryan should have the common sense not to leave his helmet out of his sight when entering Cheatriot Stadium.

  43. piratefreedom says: Sep 20, 2016 2:37 PM

    tedmurph says:
    Sep 20, 2016 1:30 PM

    Obrien , Crennel , Vrabel and Wilfork were on the team last year. Final score Pats 27 Houston 6. At Houston. Aggregate score of the last 4 Pats vs Texans, 144-79. Not making any predictions, but the Pats don’t seem to be Houston’s greatest matchup, for whatever reason.

    —————-

    the reason is probably that the Pats have always had a much better QB than the Texans
    that may not be true this thursday.

  44. tylawspick6 says: Sep 20, 2016 2:40 PM

    Pretty legit, morons, because it means they’ll see how he reacts after throwing a football.

    The game is Thursday, today is Tuesday.

    Ugh.

    The Millennial Generation is so dumb.

    That’s what happens when you completely check out of society in your 20s, refusing to work and pay your dues and sit in front of a computer.

    You’re a moron as an end result.
    Congrats!

  45. inbillwetrust says: Sep 20, 2016 3:12 PM

    tylawspick6 says:
    Sep 20, 2016 2:40 PM
    Pretty legit, morons, because it means they’ll see how he reacts after throwing a football.

    The game is Thursday, today is Tuesday.

    Ugh.

    The Millennial Generation is so dumb.

    That’s what happens when you completely check out of society in your 20s, refusing to work and pay your dues and sit in front of a computer.

    You’re a moron as an end result.
    Congrats!
    ____________________________________

    Can’t speak for all millennials and although I do respect your opinion I do think you need to check yourself before you wreck yourself.

    Playing the “blame game” is a cop out. And the older generations should swallow their pride and accept the fact that they contributed a lot to the world we see today. Some good, more bad.

    Can’t blame the “millennials” for things like going into Iraq/Afghanistan, voting for Obama and not preparing better with social security. Can’t blame the millennials for such a small minimum wage, high gas prices, recessions and unemployment rates, un-affordable health care and college tuition and “unpaid internships.”

    I guess you can say alot of millennials are lazy but the reason why I am not lazy is because of the example that was set by my parents. So maybe the “lazy millennials” parents should take some of the blame?

    P.S. I work with a few people that are 40-50 years old and up and they are some of the laziest people i’ve ever seen🙂

  46. campcre3k says: Sep 20, 2016 3:13 PM

    Can they change the name of the NFL championship trophy to Belicheck name?? Because he is the GOAT…. and that’s coming from a Broncos fan!

  47. tylawspick6 says: Sep 20, 2016 3:27 PM

    Of course there are exceptions in the generation blame game, but I am Gen X, literally 5 years removed from the Millennials and you’d think we were born 25 years apart.

    I am not going to get into all the flaws of the average Millennial’s flaw, but being naive and believing everything off of the internet is certainly one of them.

    Experience matters.

    Sitting in basements, not working, never going to a library, etc, doesn’t make you smarter, it makes you dumber/weaker.

    The simple fact is, today JimmyG practices and the game isn’t until Thurs night.

    So, it’s a matter of pain tolerance, how he can throw and how he reacts from the throwing in practice.

    Translation? It’s possible he can play, but no one really knows as of Tuesday, since the game is Thursday.

    Get it?

  48. 345snarkavenue says: Sep 20, 2016 3:30 PM

    inbillwetrust says:
    Sep 20, 2016 3:12 PM

    Can’t speak for all millennials and although I do respect your opinion I do think you need to check yourself before you wreck yourself.

    Playing the “blame game” is a cop out. And the older generations should swallow their pride and accept the fact that they contributed a lot to the world we see today. Some good, more bad.

    Can’t blame the “millennials” for things like going into Iraq/Afghanistan, voting for Obama and not preparing better with social security. Can’t blame the millennials for such a small minimum wage, high gas prices, recessions and unemployment rates, un-affordable health care and college tuition and “unpaid internships.”

    I guess you can say alot of millennials are lazy but the reason why I am not lazy is because of the example that was set by my parents. So maybe the “lazy millennials” parents should take some of the blame?

    P.S. I work with a few people that are 40-50 years old and up and they are some of the laziest people i’ve ever seen

    ———-

    Thank you for speaking up and stating things the way you did. I’m 57 and disagree with the common stereotype of millenials often portrayed here. I know lots of millenials (and I’ve posted similar comments to this before here) and most of them are hard working ‘kids’, as I call them.

    But like you say, I believe most of them had parents that provided good examples for them to learn. Thanks for speaking up.

    Man I hate it when people pigeonhole others without knowing anything about them.

  49. flaccojumpball says: Sep 20, 2016 3:45 PM

    Hmm how can this team cheat now? They’re just stalling so Jacoby gets to figure out how low of a PSI he needs. It worked for Jimmy against the Cards.

  50. Martin says: Sep 20, 2016 4:05 PM

    If I remember the last 3 games between the Pats and the Texans at Gillette Stadium, the Texans are probably preparing themselves to play against Brady.

  51. pastabelly says: Sep 20, 2016 4:20 PM

    Jimmy was not at practice this morning. Hopefully, he’ll be ready next week. For now, it’s a great opportunity for Jacoby Brissett. Gronk was in full pads and that really helps for this week.

  52. YouCryin?PatsMustBeDoingTheirJob says: Sep 20, 2016 4:56 PM

    fishyinalittledishy says:
    Sep 20, 2016 2:33 PM

    The Don (The bitter one) was made aware of an opposition playbook that was left behind after both teams shared a practice facility before a super bowl back in the day but declined the opportunity. The question is what would the Patriots have done with this little gem ? Interesting don’t you think? Having said that you have to say what a great first half they had Sunday. Might have been different though if Tannehills batteries in his helmet radio hadn’t been swamped for duds. I don’t blame the Patsies for this though as big arm Ryan should have the common sense not to leave his helmet out of his sight when entering Cheatriot Stadium.
    ———————————————-

    Miami is 0-2 so far, with a divisional loss against half a Patriot team. Miami also doesn’t have a playoff win since 2000. Maybe your delusions stem from those facts. Have a nice regular season, that is all you’ve got.

  53. icanthink4myself says: Sep 20, 2016 4:59 PM

    idiedpretty says:
    Sep 20, 2016 12:53 PM
    Honestly, this team might be able to win it all without Brady. Their high tech cheating sophistication is that good!
    ——————————–
    Yawn. When you’ve got no argument, throw out a cheating accusation or a first grader “belicheat” comment. I’d argue the facts but history dictates you won’t absorb what is written or consider facts stated as facts in court documents. Thanks for helping make the patriots the 2nd most valuable franchise in the NFL.

  54. spitfisher says: Sep 20, 2016 4:59 PM

    I’m a Coach, not a Doctor, Jim!!!!
    -Bones McCoy

    I was waiting for something from “my Cousin Vinnie”

  55. jag1959 says: Sep 20, 2016 5:02 PM

    For the most part any generation is largely a product of it’s parents. On behalf of all Baby Boomers let me extend our apologies to Gen X that you get blamed for failing the Millenials because when it comes to teaching you to be good parents we were not the equal of the Greatest Generation. But wait, if the Greatest Generation had done a better job of teaching us maybe we would not have failed you. Guess that means it’s really their fault but maybe if their parents…

    See how stupid that all sounds when you actually read it?
    For all you folks slamming the Millenials please remember we get the kids we deserve, after all we made them. I take no issue with Millenials, most of whom seem to have a more realistic sense of themselves in the scheme of things than we ever did at their age, remember when we were going to fix it all? Damning a generation that is just coming into it’s own is passing judgement just a touch early. Every generation has a complaint with ‘the damn kids today’ but it pays to keep in mind our parents and grandparents generation had the same to say about us.

    The long and the short of it is the GenX’ers want you Millenials to get off their lawn! But you can come on over to 345’s or my place to crack a cold one and shoot the breeze once you do.

  56. spotsdad says: Sep 20, 2016 5:07 PM

    Gronk in pads and JG not @ start of practice can only mean 1 thing in Bill’s world. Gronk is out and JG is starting.

  57. icanthink4myself says: Sep 20, 2016 5:08 PM

    fishyinalittledishy says:
    Sep 20, 2016 2:33 PM

    The Don (The bitter one) was made aware of an opposition playbook that was left behind after both teams shared a practice facility before a super bowl back in the day but declined the opportunity. The question is what would the Patriots have done with this little gem ? Interesting don’t you think? Having said that you have to say what a great first half they had Sunday. Might have been different though if Tannehills batteries in his helmet radio hadn’t been swamped for duds. I don’t blame the Patsies for this though as big arm Ryan should have the common sense not to leave his helmet out of his sight when entering Cheatriot Stadium.
    ——————————————–
    Mike Florio has confirmed on more than one occasion the individual teams are responsible for charging their own batteries lol. Now the pats are stealing opposition equipment and replacing it before anyone notices?! And the NFL instituted tampering rules specifically because shula signed a contract to coach miami while still under contract with the colts. You write about shula like he’s above cheating when the tampering rule should be called the shula rule. It was written because of shula’s cheating actions.

  58. mmack66 says: Sep 20, 2016 5:24 PM

    fishyinalittledishy says:
    Sep 20, 2016 2:33 PM

    Might have been different though if Tannehills batteries in his helmet radio hadn’t been swamped for duds. I don’t blame the Patsies for this though as big arm Ryan should have the common sense not to leave his helmet out of his sight when entering Cheatriot Stadium.
    —————————–

    How would the Dolphins not screwing up Tannehill’s helmet have helped their anemic defense.

    Since Tannehill didn’t have helmet communications, that means that Garoppolo didn’t either, which makes it even more embarrassing.

  59. brant76 says: Sep 20, 2016 5:27 PM

    My guess is that JG starts the game, hands off to Blount once or twice and exits the game.

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