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

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.

145 responses to “Report: Jacoby Brissett tore a thumb ligament, may need surgery

  1. 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

  2. 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..

  3. 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.

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

  5. 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.

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    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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

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    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.

  15. HC who was nothing special in Cleveland.

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

    🙂

    #TheStatSheetDoesntAlwaysTellTheStory

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

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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….

  20. 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….

  21. 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.

  22. 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?

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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!

  28. 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.

  29. 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

  30. 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…

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. 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.

  34. 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!

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

  36. 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!

  37. 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?

  38. 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.

  39. 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.

  40. 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.

  41. 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.

  42. 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?

  43. 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.

  44. 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.

  45. 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

  46. 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…

  47. 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!

  48. 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.

  49. 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

  50. 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?

  51. @ 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.

  52. 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.

  53. “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.

  54. 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.

  55. 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.

  56. 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.

  57. 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.

  58. 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

  59. 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.

  60. Limaky – For whatever reason I’m not being allowed to respond in kind. Either the level of cheating provides an advantage or not. If it does, it absolutely should be measured. If it doesn’t, than the claims tarnishing a legacy is really much to do about nothing. Since there is absolutely no evidence that shows a difference in overall W\L record pre and post spygate, the media won’t be so easily duped as some of the fans. First ballot. No problem.

  61. Also, the experts will know that it was just not one tape or one game. They will also know it was just not defensive signals nor was it just about taping coaches signals. The experts will also not believe Bill’s excuse for taping signals, that he mis-read a rule or it was just a location issue. The research will bury his first ballot chances.

  62. I’ll take that bet any day and twice on Tuesday. Most if not all of them already realize Bill wasn’t the first nor will he be the last. They are all smart enough to realize that any scheme of the magnitude you suggest would yield dramatically different results when stopped. If by some miracle something comes up suggesting the spygate scandal has never stopped we can revisit this conversation. Until that happens there is really little to debate.

  63. limakey says:
    Sep 26, 2016 5:06 PM

    Also, the experts will know that it was just not one tape or one game. They will also know it was just not defensive signals nor was it just about taping coaches signals. The experts will also not believe Bill’s excuse for taping signals, that he mis-read a rule or it was just a location issue. The research will bury his first ballot chances.

    …………

    Taping was not illegal in years of the first 3 Pats SBs no matter how you care to frame it. And the likes of Schoetenheimer, Jimmy Johnson and Bill Cowher all said they taped and it didn’t really help at all.
    And why do you sweat Belichick and the Pats so hard anyway? When you think about someone as much as you do Brady and Belichick, usually it means you like them. You must have loved that NY Post story yesterday.

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

    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?

    ……

    “Various articles”, by who Marshall Faulk ? Where did you hear the 3 points thing? How could you even calculate that? Sounds pretty darn made up to anyone with critical thinking skills.

  65. 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.

    ………..

    Belichick has 6 Super Bowl rings, not 3. And he will be first ballot. By your logic, Jerry Rice should have been thrown out of the league, because he actually did cheat and admitted it.

  66. I remember one year back when the Colts were still in Baltimore, Unitas and the 2nd string QB got hurt and were out for the year. Tom Matte, who was a running back had to QB them for the rest of the year. I believe they made the playoffs that year.

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