Patriots coach Bill Belichick attributes rookie quarterback Jacoby Brissett’s success to his hard work.
“He handled himself great last week, this week, all week every day,” Belichick said of Brissett after the Patriots blew out the Texans on Thursday night. “He’s done nothing but come in here and work has hard as he possibly can. When we had three quarterbacks to take his opportunities and learn from the other guys, when it was him and Jimmy he learned from Jimmy, and this week it was pretty much all him. He’s a hard-working kid. . . . He just wants to do what the coach wants to do. I’m glad to have him.”
Brissett gave the Patriots a running element that Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo don’t, and in the first quarter he ran for a 27-yard touchdown — a longer run than Brady has ever had in his entire NFL career. Brissett ran off the field and gave the football to Belichick, but Belichick said he is making sure Brissett takes it home with him.
“I was just holding the ball for him. That’s his first touchdown ball. That’ll go on his trophy case,” Belichick said.
Other than the long touchdown run, Brissett didn’t do anything fancy: He went just 11-for-19 for 103 yards. But the Patriots now know that when Brady returns from his suspension and Garoppolo’s injured shoulder heals, they have three quarterbacks they can win with. Belichick has to feel good about that.