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Report: Jacoby Brissett tore a thumb ligament, may need surgery

New England Patriots quarterback Jacoby Brissett runs onto the field to warm up before an NFL football game against the Houston Texans Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) AP

The Patriots had wide receiver Julian Edelman as their backup quarterback last night. He might have to start next week.

According to Mike Petraglia of WEEI.com, Patriots quarterback Jacoby Brissett suffered a torn thumb ligament in the second half of last night’s win over the Texans, and may need surgery to stabilize the injury.

That’s a huge blow for the Patriots, one game before Tom Brady’s return from suspension. Jimmy Garoppolo was inactive last night because of his shoulder injury.

The Patriots brought T.J. Yates and Sean Renfree in last week to look at potential depth signings, and they may need to add one to get them through their final Brady-less game.

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138 Responses to “Report: Jacoby Brissett tore a thumb ligament, may need surgery”
  1. thevza says: Sep 23, 2016 2:39 PM

    Something tells me they could throw Steve Grigan back there and still win next Sunday.

  2. carloswlassiter says: Sep 23, 2016 2:39 PM

    I’d give anything to see Rex Ryan lose to a team QB’d by Julian Edelman.

  3. fallujahff says: Sep 23, 2016 2:41 PM

    Shaping up to be a bad year for QB’s.

  4. anarchopurplism says: Sep 23, 2016 2:41 PM

    Un-freaking believable.

  5. nhpats says: Sep 23, 2016 2:41 PM

    Ice up Jacoby….we need one more game out of you….

  6. tylawspick6 says: Sep 23, 2016 2:42 PM

    Greatest franchise in the history of sports.

    Period.

  7. jimjets says: Sep 23, 2016 2:42 PM

    awwwwww!!! shucks

  8. blackstrat says: Sep 23, 2016 2:43 PM

    Throwing hand?

  9. seriously423 says: Sep 23, 2016 2:43 PM

    oh well…just shot gun snap the ball to Blount

    it’s Buffalo they’re playing (Rex’s last game)

  10. magnumpimustache says: Sep 23, 2016 2:43 PM

    No Quarterback.

    No Problem.

    – Bill Belicheck

  11. matt14gg says: Sep 23, 2016 2:43 PM

    Whatever…the Patriots motto as usual: shut up, nut up and play.

  12. nextmanup74 says: Sep 23, 2016 2:43 PM

    Ugh, that sucks. Hopefully Jimmy G will be ready for Buffalo next Sunday. Julian Edelman back-up?

  13. thepftpoetinreverse says: Sep 23, 2016 2:44 PM

    But they’ll still find a way to win… the only thing worse than being a jets fan is knowing that we had this guy for a second, he dismissed us like most people dismiss worthless boogers… on a napkin.

    -signed
    Suffering Jets Fan

  14. daddeeo says: Sep 23, 2016 2:44 PM

    U have GOT to be kidding me.

  15. kcchefs58 says: Sep 23, 2016 2:45 PM

    Goodell is behind this injury. Long live the conspiracy.

  16. nwsuccess says: Sep 23, 2016 2:45 PM

    Wow… I feel for Brissett. Not so much the Pats, but that kid had to be amped given the opportunity he had, only to get a booboo on his thumb.

  17. eoyguy says: Sep 23, 2016 2:45 PM

    Gronk at QB? Why yes, yes I would like to see that. Make it happen Bill, your Jedi mind tricks will do the rest.

  18. channer81 says: Sep 23, 2016 2:45 PM

    Not since the body bag game have I seen a team have to use their 4th string QB.. If Bellicheck and get a win next week. He’s allowed to skip that 5 year waiting period to get into the hall..

  19. edelmanfanclub says: Sep 23, 2016 2:45 PM

    I say Tebow at QB next week, retribution for Rex’s handling of him in NY!!

  20. craignflfan says: Sep 23, 2016 2:45 PM

    Thank you Roger Goodell and jealous NFL owners for keeping Brady safe during our 4-0 start.

  21. mariorat says: Sep 23, 2016 2:45 PM

    Can’t make this s*** up!

  22. daddeeo says: Sep 23, 2016 2:45 PM

    I guess we could do like the Texans and just punt every 4th time with the ball.

  23. mrozma says: Sep 23, 2016 2:46 PM

    Jimmy “Smokin Hot” G

    He’s so hot right now.

  24. TheAfterParty says: Sep 23, 2016 2:47 PM

    I feel bad but I kinda want to see Edelman play QB

  25. mongo3401 says: Sep 23, 2016 2:48 PM

    Have to give him credit the kid held up great last night. I think Belichek could use a hot dog vendor at QB and be good

  26. politiciansareallthesame says: Sep 23, 2016 2:50 PM

    next game is against the Bills. The Bills.. come on. Belichick himself could play QB and they win by 30 easy.

  27. 12coltsfan12 says: Sep 23, 2016 2:50 PM

    Doesn’t matter…they’ll win anyway😥

  28. buffalostarwarsfan says: Sep 23, 2016 2:51 PM

    We are going to lose to Edelman hahahahah

  29. blackstrat says: Sep 23, 2016 2:51 PM

    Right thumb ligament.

  30. buttfumbles says: Sep 23, 2016 2:52 PM

    Houston ****s the bed every time they play the Pats.

  31. nomar8477 says: Sep 23, 2016 2:53 PM

    Goodell is somehow behind this.

  32. bkrog says: Sep 23, 2016 2:53 PM

    At this point, I think the Patriots can win without a quarterback.

  33. TB12RALLYCRY says: Sep 23, 2016 2:53 PM

    its the weekly ” cue the haters ” content….Man up……..

  34. schmitty2 says: Sep 23, 2016 2:54 PM

    Rexy should be spouting off any moment after hearing this and probably “Guarantee” a victory because the QB is someone not named Brady. Ask Arizona, Miami, and Houston how that worked out for them.

  35. questionableprovenance says: Sep 23, 2016 2:54 PM

    BB didn’t think the game was enough of a challenge yet, so he decided to make it more “interesting.”

  36. weepingjebus says: Sep 23, 2016 2:54 PM

    Thankfully Belichick remembers a game from 1936 when the Winnipeg Blue Bombers beat the Calgary Bronks using nothing but the single wing, two wingbacks, and a halftime constitutional of creamed mackerel. Soon you will know why.

  37. fishyinalittledishy says: Sep 23, 2016 2:55 PM

    As a Dolpfan and hater of every other team especially the Patriots I have to say you have the second best coach in the history of the NFL period.

  38. dimi1919 says: Sep 23, 2016 2:55 PM

    Report comment
    tylawspick6 says:
    Sep 23, 2016 2:42 PM
    Greatest franchise in the history of sports.

    Period.
    ———————-

    Although great. Not the greatest. Ever heard of the 20s Yankees. The 50s Yankees the late 90 to 00 Yankees. The 90s Bulls. The 60s leafs 70s Canadiens , 80s Islanders and oilers? And if you really wanna get with the times, check out the Red Wings. 4 Stanley cups in 17 years, countless presidents trophies and the haven’t missed the playoffs in a quarter century.

  39. djvh2 says: Sep 23, 2016 2:56 PM

    Meanwhile, my team – Green Bay – has the head coach saying that the fans should be patient, the offense just needs time to get in rhythm. Why are we stuck with him as coach. His attitude permeates the whole team.

    I watched last night to see what a well-coached team looks like, and definitely saw it. NE was missing their MVP-type QB, top TE in the league, and a good 2nd-string QB, but were ready to play the game with a different offensive game plan. Something that would take McCarthy over a year to even notice he needed to do.

  40. packers2213 says: Sep 23, 2016 2:57 PM

    How is this even possible? He didnt even get hit last night… Did Watt play?

  41. blackbeard43 says: Sep 23, 2016 2:57 PM

    They could put a tackling dummy under center and still cruise.

  42. xpensivewinos says: Sep 23, 2016 2:58 PM

    They could probably win with a cardboard cut out of Tony Eason in the backfield……

  43. RandyinRoxbury says: Sep 23, 2016 2:59 PM

    Edelman will prove to be the 4th best QB in the AFC east.

  44. joecancun says: Sep 23, 2016 2:59 PM

    Bring back Drew Bledsoe and bring this thing full circle.

  45. swhy19 says: Sep 23, 2016 3:00 PM

    Just shows how much the league has regressed because of expansion. Expansion makes average teams good.

  46. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Sep 23, 2016 3:00 PM

    Good time for a 10 day break to figure out who the next man up is going to be.

  47. inbillwetrust says: Sep 23, 2016 3:01 PM

    Brissetts touchdown run was the longest for a pats qb since 1976.

    Brissett was the first black qb to ever start a game for the pats.

    coincidence?

    I think not.

  48. nyeagles10 says: Sep 23, 2016 3:01 PM

    Lil browns luck with the QB`s this year, but unlike that mess in Cleveland that team finds ways to win. I dislike your organization but have to give credit where its deserved.

  49. solo681 says: Sep 23, 2016 3:02 PM

    From what I watched on Jacoby, Edelman can definitely do BETTER.

  50. Rdog says: Sep 23, 2016 3:03 PM

    They’re like the Cleveland Browns, except they’re like the exact opposite of the Cleveland Browns.

  51. PFT loves the Steelers says: Sep 23, 2016 3:05 PM

    Like it matters. I’ve never seen a team not skip a beat with their 2nd and 3rd string QBs outside of the Patriots. It truly is baffling as to how they do it. Especially with a pretty mediocre looking roster and a HC who was nothing special in Cleveland. Just makes you wonder.

  52. hamlet423 says: Sep 23, 2016 3:06 PM

    Bill is going to make this next game vs Rex Ryan even worse–he is going o get Mark Sanchez to be his QB. He’ll work out some kind of sign and trade deal with Dallas just for one game and then send him back to Dallas.

    Just because Sanchez beating Rex for the Patriots would be enough to make Rex quit, let alone get fired.

  53. georgeremus says: Sep 23, 2016 3:07 PM

    Texan ownership, players, football operations should apologize to the their fans and the football world for putting on that pathetic display last night. I have never seen a team that is suppose to be above average come into a game so unprepared to play. Why did they even bother boarding the plane? What an embarrassment.

  54. spotsdad says: Sep 23, 2016 3:12 PM

    Next man up! What? we’re out? go down to the quickie mart and get another.

  55. cadreamer1969 says: Sep 23, 2016 3:12 PM

    Is this the hater that said Jimmy G was being forced to play? He loves drama against NE.

    According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Jacoby Brissett thumb injury isn’t considered serious.

  56. themiamidolphins says: Sep 23, 2016 3:12 PM

    Bills fans should be happy about this. When the Pats curb stomp the Bills with Edelman at QB, Rex Ryan can’t possibly survive that.

  57. justintuckrule says: Sep 23, 2016 3:12 PM

    These last few weeks are not proving that the Pats are the greatest franchise in history. Not by a long shot. They are proving that BB is the greatest coach in the history of organized sport.

    If he turned the keys over to McDaniels, even with Brady, I think they’d go 8-4. Put BB back on the Browns and I think he’d even get that lost franchise into the playoffs this year. The guy is to football what Einstein was to physics.

    If he told Kraft pay me $20M a year or I’m retiring, Kraft would write that check without thinking twice. It’s unreal how good he is.

  58. patswhatsup says: Sep 23, 2016 3:20 PM

    georgeremus says:
    Sep 23, 2016 3:07 PM
    Texan ownership, players, football operations should apologize to the their fans and the football world for putting on that pathetic display last night. I have never seen a team that is suppose to be above average come into a game so unprepared to play. Why did they even bother boarding the plane? What an embarrassment.

    _____________________________________

    To be fair, there’s absolutely zero tape to study on Brissett. They ran an entirely different system and style than when JG or TB is under center.

    That said, you shouldn’t be able to stuff the ball down the throat of the Texans when JJ Watt is back there. The offense should have been more prepared for the Pats D too.

  59. ampatsisahypocrite says: Sep 23, 2016 3:25 PM

    No prob, put in a tackling dummy and let the system make a star of the next interchangeable QB part.

  60. dietrich43 says: Sep 23, 2016 3:25 PM

    Give Gronk ball! Gronk play QB! Gronk throw ball to little receiver.

  61. gohawks7 says: Sep 23, 2016 3:29 PM

    I wish Belichik would draw up the Seahawk’s game plan instead of that asshat Darrell Bevell.

  62. LyinRogerMustGo says: Sep 23, 2016 3:29 PM

    HC who was nothing special in Cleveland.

    —-
    That couldn’t be more false but carry on.
    🙂

    #TheStatSheetDoesntAlwaysTellTheStory

  63. helldog33 says: Sep 23, 2016 3:30 PM

    Who is Edelman’s backup? One of the Minute Men? They’ll still beat the Bills.

  64. dsigrey says: Sep 23, 2016 3:33 PM

    dimi1919 says:
    Sep 23, 2016 2:55 PM
    Report comment
    tylawspick6 says:
    Sep 23, 2016 2:42 PM
    Greatest franchise in the history of sports.

    Period.
    ———————-

    Although great. Not the greatest. Ever heard of the 20s Yankees. The 50s Yankees the late 90 to 00 Yankees. The 90s Bulls. The 60s leafs 70s Canadiens , 80s Islanders and oilers? And if you really wanna get with the times, check out the Red Wings. 4 Stanley cups in 17 years, countless presidents trophies and the haven’t missed the playoffs in a quarter century.

    ______________________________________

    The Pats are better than all those teams. The Yankees bought those teams without having a cap. The first three hockey teams did it for less than a decade. The Red Wings are the closest but the cap and parody of the NFL trump teh NHL back then.

  65. tomtravis76 says: Sep 23, 2016 3:34 PM

    The Pats have been impressive and the league needs to honor BB upon his retirement with some type of award named after him, the guy is the best coach in football, probably ever. But to say The Patriots are the greatest franchise in sports ever, is a lack of knowledge of sports. Its the Celtics, Lakers, Yankees, they win over decades not just one era.

  66. jimmyjohns01 says: Sep 23, 2016 3:36 PM

    I think the whole world wants to watch Edelman QB the Patriots.

  67. jpaq68 says: Sep 23, 2016 3:38 PM

    They’re playing the Bills.

    Enough said.

  68. troylok says: Sep 23, 2016 3:38 PM

    Coach B.? There’s some guy named Vinny Testaverde on line one. I have Jeff George on line two. And I believe the gentleman on line three said his name was Kurt Warner.

  69. thomasreilly says: Sep 23, 2016 3:39 PM

    For Belichick’s next trick, he will attempt to beat the Bills with a third string rookie QB -with his right hand tied behind his back….

  70. kissbillsrings says: Sep 23, 2016 3:39 PM

    After Jimmy comes back week 4 & throws 3 more TD’s & no picks he becomes trade bate in off season….
    So what will the Pats get for Jimmy Garoppolo in a trade?
    I say a 2017 2nd & 4th & a 2018 1st & 3rd
    Or same thing I reverse :2017 1st & 3rd & 2018 2nd & 4th
    Discuss….

  71. 4sacroc says: Sep 23, 2016 3:42 PM

    The defense can beat Buffalo.

  72. patsfan1820 says: Sep 23, 2016 3:46 PM

    I heard the injury isn’t that serious actually. Although, if it is true then fine the Pats are 3-0 anyway worst thing that happens is that the Pats finish the stretch without Tom Brady at 3-1.

  73. NFLexpert says: Sep 23, 2016 3:48 PM

    Snap it directly to blunt…

  74. grabgrabgrab says: Sep 23, 2016 3:53 PM

    And the “Brady GOAT QB” stock continues to plummet.

  75. mindelm42 says: Sep 23, 2016 3:55 PM

    tylawspick6:

    Greatest franchise in the history of sports.

    Period.
    ———–

    I guess that DOESN’T include the Yankees and their 27 World Championships?

    Pats are good (4 SB’s and 8 AFC titles) but better than 27 World Series titles and 40 American League pennants?

  76. Della Street says: Sep 23, 2016 3:56 PM

    patsfan1820 says:
    Sep 23, 2016 3:46 PM
    I heard the injury isn’t that serious actually. Although, if it is true then fine the Pats are 3-0 anyway worst thing that happens is that the Pats finish the stretch without Tom Brady at 3-1.

    __________________

    Divisional game. You kinda wanna win those.

  77. fordbw says: Sep 23, 2016 4:04 PM

    It ain’t no big thang. Jeanie Garrapolo will be back.

  78. limakey says: Sep 23, 2016 4:04 PM

    Bill Belichick’s accomplishments will always be tainted. He perfected cheating methods that I believe he is still using today. Any coach who shows such disrespect for the game will never be a first time ballot into the HOF. Ride it now Pat fans but once Bill retires and he makes the HOF list, the media will be out in full force and tear his legacy apart. The bright side for you is that you keep the titles but you also keep the taint. They can’t be separated. Just like Brady will never be separated from deflategate. He will always been seen as a liar and a cheater.

  79. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Sep 23, 2016 4:05 PM

    The Patriots win despite the QB so whoever they put under center tomorrow will have have a chance for success. Plus they have a long week to prepare whoever that QB will be. What an amazing system.

  80. revelation123 says: Sep 23, 2016 4:05 PM

    It doesn’t matter what QB they have, they win. This is why Brady gets so overrated. Brady isn’t winning those games, Belichick is.

  81. fordbw says: Sep 23, 2016 4:07 PM

    tylawspick6 says:
    Sep 23, 2016 2:42 PM
    Greatest franchise in the history of sports.

    Period.
    —————————————–
    The sheer stupidity of Pats fans never ceases to amaze. One superbowl win in the last 11 years and now they are the greatest franchise evah!

  82. aquineas1 says: Sep 23, 2016 4:07 PM

    Well that went downhill quickly.

  83. pittsburghdamned says: Sep 23, 2016 4:09 PM

    How does one tear a ligament deflating a football?

  84. openfieldtackle says: Sep 23, 2016 4:09 PM

    Steeler fan here in amazement!
    No other team maybe in history can do what the Patriots are doing. It does not matter who they lose or what the situation is they find a way to get it done. BB proved last night he is the greatest coach in history.

  85. bsizemore68 says: Sep 23, 2016 4:09 PM

    To bad for the young QB, I hope he recovers okay. Of course every team will fall at some point, the Pats fan base don’t remember when they were very bad. Be careful of what you wish for. Bill….Don’t under estimate the Bills

  86. nflcombineresults says: Sep 23, 2016 4:09 PM

    Well they play Buffalo so I think they are going to be fine…

  87. whiteybulgersson says: Sep 23, 2016 4:09 PM

    Bill Belichick will go in next Sunday

  88. flaccojumpball says: Sep 23, 2016 4:11 PM

    Cheaters never prosper. That’s what you get for stealing the Texans signals last night.

  89. omegalh says: Sep 23, 2016 4:13 PM

    If Edelman starts, I may have to root for the Pats.

  90. bigdaddyrockytop says: Sep 23, 2016 4:16 PM

    I blame Roger. Everything else is his fault.

  91. granadafan says: Sep 23, 2016 4:21 PM

    No QB? I’ll still take the Pats and the spread over Rex Ryan.

  92. darkneptune73 says: Sep 23, 2016 4:23 PM

    All we need know is Brady to get injured to complete the trifecta.

  93. scottehoule says: Sep 23, 2016 4:28 PM

    So every QB that has started a game for the Pats this season has gone out with injury. I’m sure Brady cant wait to get back in there.

  94. buffalobraves says: Sep 23, 2016 4:28 PM

    Giving BB and the Pats 10 days to recover and plan makes for another long Sunday for Bills fans – here’s hoping an 0-4 start is sufficient to fire Sexy Wrecksy before cleaning out the entire front office at year-end.

    First though, we need to get spanked by the Cards…

  95. suncawy says: Sep 23, 2016 4:29 PM

    Belichick is not worried. He’s seeing if Peyton Manning wants to unretire for a week.

  96. sidepull says: Sep 23, 2016 4:32 PM

    For real, no joke, this is not a test of fortitude, Pats are just gonna buckle up the chin strap and keep balling. No whining just winning. Amazing.

  97. justintuckrule says: Sep 23, 2016 4:49 PM

    The ultimate sports face palm. Ready?

    Mara thought Ray Handley was a better choice to take over from the Tuna than BB.

    Yeah…it took him a few years to cut his teeth with the Browns but if we kept him there may have been NO Cowboys dynasty and, wanna laugh, Dave Brown could be in the Hall of Fame right now.

  98. streetyson says: Sep 23, 2016 4:52 PM

    PFT loves the Steelers says:
    Sep 23, 2016 3:05 PM
    …a HC who was nothing special in Cleveland. Just makes you wonder.
    ————————–
    Belichick was the last HC to take the Browns to a playoff victory. He did very well there until the ownership pulled the plug in Cleveland early the following season.

  99. rodgerstonelson says: Sep 23, 2016 4:52 PM

    I just played with Edleman at qb on Madden. he smoked the Bills.

  100. Della Street says: Sep 23, 2016 5:09 PM

    bsizemore68 says:
    Sep 23, 2016 4:09 PM
    To bad for the young QB, I hope he recovers okay. Of course every team will fall at some point, the Pats fan base don’t remember when they were very bad. Be careful of what you wish for. Bill….Don’t under estimate the Bills

    ———————-

    Actually, we remember it very well which is why we are loving last 20 or so years! Remember a cold stadium with aluminum bleachers fielding teams so bad the games never sold out and were blacked out! Oh, we remember!

  101. olv65 says: Sep 23, 2016 5:24 PM

    Worse injury than Cutler, yet played the whole game.

  102. The Truth says: Sep 23, 2016 5:32 PM

    Patsies fans talking about a big divisional game lmao, that division has been horrendous for the past 30 years !

  103. markpags says: Sep 23, 2016 5:34 PM

    I know some of the younger fans are insufferable, but us old-timers remember the bad old days all too well. Having to find a bar with a gigantic satellite dish to watch home games, never, ever hearing your team mentioned in any football discussion, never making the playoffs, always losing to those goddamn Dolphins. We are grateful geezers!

  104. patsfan112 says: Sep 23, 2016 5:40 PM

    Well last season Denver won the SB without a QB. So I guess you can win games without one. lol

  105. philyeagles5 says: Sep 23, 2016 5:41 PM

    i really hope Edelman plays. that would be awesome.

  106. mkreef says: Sep 23, 2016 5:59 PM

    Ironic that it was the Wilfork tackle that caused the injury.

  107. nflfan1 says: Sep 23, 2016 5:59 PM

    Love it how people don’t want to give credit because the Pats are in the AFC East. Do they forget that once the regular season is over they play all the best representatives from the OTHER divisions AND tend to beat them too?

  108. ibillwt says: Sep 23, 2016 6:17 PM

    Greatest franchise ever? Hardly.

    Greatest QB? By a mile.

    Greatest Coach? If there’s any doubt, you have no grasp of free agency’s impact after 1992. Other teams win it from year to year, but Belichick’s team has been relentless for 15 years.

  109. ikeclanton says: Sep 23, 2016 6:29 PM

    Limakey, believe what you want to believe.

    You are the champion of your own tainted opinion–not fact–and you prove it again and again with your diatribes.

    An overwhelming majority of experts across the country see Belichick as one of the greatest-if not the greatest-coaches in NFL history.

    We’ll go with that and leave you to wallow in despair over it. Be well.

  110. twoteamsforlosangeles says: Sep 23, 2016 6:32 PM

    Looking forward to this stop on the Ryan brothers’ farewell tour…

  111. kamakazikid62 says: Sep 23, 2016 6:34 PM

    Heck, Tim Tebow is available, just make an offer!

  112. jim560 says: Sep 23, 2016 6:45 PM

    Next man up or, in this case, next woman up. I say it’s time to suit up on of the cheerleaders. That blond they kept showing in the second half looks like she’s ready.

  113. immafubared says: Sep 23, 2016 6:46 PM

    Ya havent heard one whinner on the pats. They need help after brady comes back if the graffalo cant go. Love to see goodell hand the sb to brady and kraft. After that theres nothing else to see. It will never get better.

  114. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Sep 23, 2016 6:47 PM

    The Truth says: Sep 23, 2016 5:32 PM

    Patsies fans talking about a big divisional game lmao, that division has been horrendous for the past 30 years !
    —————–

    Winningest division in the league over the last ten years. What is it with guys with truth in their screen names that they wouldn’t know it if it bit them?

  115. limakey says: Sep 23, 2016 6:56 PM

    Ike, a majority of ‘experts’ may believe Bill Belichick is a great coach but how many of them trust him? Great coaches don’t need to implement and perfect a cheating system. Bill had one in place for at least six years. How many of these experts believe he just mis-read the rules for six years? How many of the experts realize that you only cheat to win? How many of the experts question his three Superbowls? For those who vote for the HOF, they have no option. They can’t sweep it under the rug. He will get in the HOF, but it won’tbe first ballot. He has the titles, but he has the taint.

  116. bradygirl12 says: Sep 23, 2016 7:05 PM

    Well,Houston can chalk up another “Nightmare in Foxboro”. I’m not sure which was worse : The Letterman’s Jacket game of two years ago,or putting up a goose egg against the Pats and a third string QB last night. I like ’em both.

  117. infectorman says: Sep 23, 2016 7:16 PM

    limakey says:
    Sep 23, 2016 6:56 PM

    Ike, a majority of ‘experts’ may believe Bill Belichick is a great coach but how many of them trust him? Great coaches don’t need to implement and perfect a cheating system. Bill had one in place for at least six years. How many of these experts believe he just mis-read the rules for six years? How many of the experts realize that you only cheat to win? How many of the experts question his three Superbowls? For those who vote for the HOF, they have no option. They can’t sweep it under the rug. He will get in the HOF, but it won’tbe first ballot. He has the titles, but he has the taint.

    _______________________________

    First Ballot HOF, unamimous vote.
    One more SB title and they’ll name the trophy after him.

    Zero Taint
    Limakey- aint

  118. firecracker87 says: Sep 23, 2016 7:27 PM

    If there was ever a time Bret Farve wanted one last hurrah – this is it.

    I sincerely believe they would win if he played this one game against the Bills.

  119. ruffbufffire says: Sep 23, 2016 7:36 PM

    NFL owners should offer Billichik 50million a year to retire!

  120. goskinsgo says: Sep 23, 2016 8:08 PM

    I must say that was heck of a well coached game for New England.
    All my Skins buddies should be looking at this game to see what can happen when a well coached team plays hard with an inexperienced NFL QB, and quit busting Cap’n Kirk’s balls. Cousin’s may not be the best, but that game proved you do not need the best to win, period.

    Belichick for president… From a Skins fan…

  121. directdriver says: Sep 23, 2016 8:12 PM

    The “system” is not some secret sauce. It’s a team building philosophy that maximizes players’ strengths and put them in the best position to succeed and cover up their weaknesses. And the reverse to their opponent by game planning. They’re not requiring a no name quarterback to win them the game, just not to lose it. Each one has different skill sets so they design accordingly. Brady is indeed that good and he is asked to win the game for them in many last minute game winning drive… year after year. These young QBs can win many games but Brady can win them championships. Brady is the closer. Scott Pippen won many games without Jordan but no trophy. Hoodie is the most salary cap conscious coach. Do you really think he would make Brady the most expensive player on the roster if he’s not worth it? Get real! Just because you can survive on cup noodles doesn’t mean you have to eat it everyday! Stop discrediting Brady. He’s one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the position!

  122. somethinsbruin says: Sep 23, 2016 8:13 PM

    McDaniels or Caserio will probably suit up.

  123. priestlightning says: Sep 23, 2016 9:29 PM

    The pats should trade all these backups for first to second round picks. Theyre killin it right now and its not even close. Kind of feels like this could be their year. When Brady comes back they should just throw all three of them in and rotate. Makes it crszy hard for defenses to prepare.

  124. psljax says: Sep 23, 2016 9:36 PM

    Although great. Not the greatest. Ever heard of the 20s Yankees. The 50s Yankees the late 90 to 00 Yankees. The 90s Bulls. The 60s leafs 70s Canadiens , 80s Islanders and oilers? And if you really wanna get with the times, check out the Red Wings. 4 Stanley cups in 17 years, countless presidents trophies and the haven’t missed the playoffs in a quarter century.
    ___________________________________________________Kusturica not like Boston. Forgot one of the best.. Russell’s Celtics had a pretty good run

  125. rootpain says: Sep 23, 2016 9:55 PM

    limakey says:
    Sep 23, 2016 4:04 PM
    Bill Belichick’s accomplishments will always be tainted. He perfected cheating methods that I believe he is still using today. Any coach who shows such disrespect for the game will never be a first time ballot into the HOF. Ride it now Pat fans but once Bill retires and he makes the HOF list, the media will be out in full force and tear his legacy apart. The bright side for you is that you keep the titles but you also keep the taint. They can’t be separated. Just like Brady will never be separated from deflategate. He will always been seen as a liar and a cheater.
    ===========================
    Hey limakey, I don’t recall you ever coming out and admitting which one of the Goodell brothers you are. Boy that has to suck to be one of his little stooges who is forced to post comments that overflow with absolute stupidity and you don’t even get compensated for it.
    And your little trick of trying to sow seeds of disfavor against Belichick getting into the HoF on first ballot. There is as much chance of you succeeding with that infantile effort as there is Obama being considered the best President our nation has had. Which by the way is the same chance your brother Roger even gets into of Hall of Fame as a non paying visitor after he is dumped from the NFL.
    Tell me limakey, do you still salivate every time brother Roger strokes your head?

  126. jsrdc says: Sep 23, 2016 11:06 PM

    @ tylawspick6 says:

    “Greatest franchise in the history of sports. Period.”

    Hmmmmmm. Really? Interesting, because last time I checked, the Pats’ history includes losing twice to the Giants in the SB (especially the first one when they were averaging 36+ points per game, but only scored 14 against the Giants in the SB following the 2007 season). That doesn’t really equate to the “greatest”, unless you are talking about disappointments.

    Had the Pats won both of those, then you have a strong argument.

    But they didn’t.

  127. exinsidetrader says: Sep 23, 2016 11:21 PM

    Obviously, God is either testing BB’s greatness to find his limits or telling him: IT’S. TEBOW. TIME!

  128. bigmikeatl says: Sep 24, 2016 12:41 AM

    I hear Uncle Rico is available…

  129. bucandball says: Sep 24, 2016 12:55 AM

    To Patriot haters like Limakey: you sound like the teenager in a pickup BB game that calls a foul every shot they miss. It’s not just Patriots fans on here praising Belichek and the Patriots system, and overwhelmingly thumbing you down. A lot of fans of all teams recognize the achievements, and wish our team(s) were run like NE. You can say cheatercheatercheatercheater all you want, you are just acting like a second grader. From a Bucs fan, and Steelers by injection.

  130. whispersd says: Sep 24, 2016 1:14 AM

    “Bill had one in place for at least six years. How many of these experts believe he just mis-read the rules for six years? ”

    See, this is what Pats’ fans think the haters just aren’t terribly smart.

    There was no rule on the books in 2000 or 2001 or 2002 or….really even up to 2007 that said that it was against the rules to have a guy standing on the sideline, videotaping coaching signals. In fact, there still isn’t such a rule, Goodell’s abuse of power notwithstanding.

    People like limakey are so certain that the Patriots were cheating they never bothered to actually look at the rulebook. And I’d strongly advise you to look at the actual rules, and not Goodell’s “interpretations” of the rules, since we all know by now that he just says whatever comes to the top of his mind as needed, and then later on we figure out he was just making things up.

    There are instructions about where cameras can be used – they cannot be used in the coach’s box, for example. And they cannot be used on “the field”. However, the rules define “the field” very clearly to mean the playing field, not the sidelines.

    In 2006, the NFL front office published a “clarification” that essentially published a new rule, saying that videotaping coaches wasn’t allowed. Belichick ignored it because, well, he thought it was a bad interpretation. Goodell was new to the job and Belichick thought he was simply wrong about the objective matter of what the rules say.

    So Goodell decided to apply the nuclear punishment to the Patriots: humiliate them, strip them of a #1 draft pick (first time ever for any team). Because they ignored his memo, not because they ignored a rule.

    And remember, the memo was written in 2006, so this “6 years of cheating” nonsense is b.s., as are the claims that the first three Super Bowl victories are somehow tainted. Lots of teams were videotaping signals up through 2005.

  131. whispersd says: Sep 24, 2016 1:19 AM

    flaccojumpball says:
    Sep 23, 2016 4:11 PM
    Cheaters never prosper.

    27-0


    That’s what you get for stealing the Texans signals last night.

    —-

    Nobody has used signals in years. Both the offensive and defensive captains have radios in their helmets. You may have noticed the dots.

  132. Patskrieg says: Sep 24, 2016 7:26 AM

    Wasn’t this settled like 18 hours ago? That he specifically wasn’t going to need surgery and that it was just a sprain?

  133. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Sep 24, 2016 10:03 AM

    bsizemore68 says:
    Sep 23, 2016 4:09 PM
    To bad for the young QB, I hope he recovers okay. Of course every team will fall at some point, the Pats fan base don’t remember when they were very bad.
    ——————————–

    This is the inverse of the ridiculous bandwagon posts and it is just as wrong. No matter what source you use statistics consistently show +55% of the NFL’s ‘hardcore’ fan base is over 40. While we may have a generation of Pats fans that have known nothing but success, and they probably make up 95% of the fanboy posters here, that doesn’t mean the rest of us aren’t still here and trust me we remember. Believe me we wish we could forget the Sullivans, Victor Kiam, Rod Rust and Hugh Millen. I saw my first Pats game at Fenway and have been a season ticket holder since ’82. A lot of the long timers have been priced out of Gillette, even though our incomes are much higher than when we were young our good judgement prevents us from spending that high a percentage of our disposable income on tickets. My response has been to settle for seats the Pats couldn’t have given away back in the day and split them with my brother.

    We remember, we are still here and we will be here when this golden era ends. The mistake outside observers make is that the newer generation of fans will head for the hills when the competitive wheel turns. The brie eaters will but the fan base that produced sell outs for the Bruins and Sox during decades of futility has a generation that now has football in it’s blood, they aren’t going anywhere but just maybe I will once again find that better seats are within the budget.

  134. ikeclanton says: Sep 24, 2016 5:28 PM

    psljax says:
    Sep 23, 2016 9:36 PM
    Although great. Not the greatest. Ever heard of the 20s Yankees. The 50s Yankees the late 90 to 00 Yankees. The 90s Bulls. The 60s leafs 70s Canadiens , 80s Islanders and oilers? And if you really wanna get with the times, check out the Red Wings. 4 Stanley cups in 17 years, countless presidents trophies and the haven’t missed the playoffs in a quarter century.
    ___________________________________________________Kusturica not like Boston. Forgot one of the best.. Russell’s Celtics had a pretty good run

    ———————————–

    Bill Russell is the most successful athlete in history with regard to winning. 11 titles in 13 years. That Celtics team was the best there ever was.

  135. section310 says: Sep 24, 2016 8:20 PM

    Did Roger have anything to do with the injury? The guy has been unsuccessfully trying to ruin the Patriots for years… Only the Patriots would come out stronger after having the G.O.A.T. quarterback unjustly suspended, loose their backup, and their third string QB hurt his throwing hand.

    Mr. Kraft, you should have never rolled over for Roger. No player, coach, or half minded fan would have rolled over like you and Jonathan did. Enjoy counting your money.

  136. ctiggs says: Sep 24, 2016 9:40 PM

    49ers by far best franchise then the Bulls then the Spurs

  137. fireroger says: Sep 25, 2016 4:02 PM

    limakey says:
    Sep 23, 2016 4:04 PM
    Bill Belichick’s accomplishments will always be tainted. He perfected cheating methods that I believe he is still using today. Any coach who shows such disrespect for the game will never be a first time ballot into the HOF. Ride it now Pat fans but once Bill retires and he makes the HOF list, the media will be out in full force and tear his legacy apart. The bright side for you is that you keep the titles but you also keep the taint. They can’t be separated. Just like Brady will never be separated from deflategate. He will always been seen as a liar and a cheater.
    ==================
    Prepare for disappointment. LOL

    In the end the accomplishments of both will far outweigh (1) the lack of advantages from spygate and (2) unproven claims about ball deflation.

    The media hates BB. If they haven’t been able to rip apart his legacy by now they aren’t ever going to be able to. It’s really that simple. The media also aren’t as fickle as most fans that can’t even resist posting on every Patriots thread on PFT. LOL

  138. limakey says: Sep 25, 2016 8:17 PM

    Fireroger, your statement makes no sense. Belichick’s three Superbowls came in the years of Spygate. It has been proven, at the very least he has been illegally taping coaches singles since 2000. Do you mean to say that he perfected various cheating schemes just because? There is only one reason to cheat and that is to win. In the various articles I have read, there are many people who believe that at the very most, he got three points a game out of his cheating. Didn’t he win three Superbowls in that time period by three points? However, is that really how cheating should be measured, by the stats? And if you truly believe that, you better prepare yourself because those very stats, should keep him out of the HOF.

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