Jimmy Garoppolo not sure why he’s better in games than practice

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Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo got negative reviews for his work in an intrasquad scrimmage last week and said that he’d work with coaches to “diagnose what happened and what we could do to fix that.”

Thursday night’s game against the Jaguars went better for Garoppolo. The Patriots offense got off to a slow start with two three-and-outs sandwiched around a field goal, but Garoppolo played into the third quarter and things picked up as the game went along. He finished the night 22-of-28 for 235 yards and two touchdowns, but without an answer as to why his game performance is better than what he showed in practice.

“It’s not on purpose,” Garoppolo said in comments distributed by the team. “I don’t know. I try to go out there and practice well every day with the guys. I mean, you’re trying different things in practice sometimes. You’re working with different guys. But, I don’t know. I don’t think there’s really a rhyme or reason to it. It’s football at the end of the day.”

There’s a lot of time before the Patriots will have to make any final decisions about holding onto Garoppolo when his contract expires at the end of the season, but he won’t be playing much if all goes according to plan in the regular season. That makes preseason outings significant and Thursday night wound up as a decent start to that phase of the calendar.

43 responses to “Jimmy Garoppolo not sure why he’s better in games than practice

  1. Because you’re not practicing against the jaguars perhaps? Nor were the Jags playing against the 1st team D like you do so there’s that.

    All in all a decent preseason opener. Got to see a lot of talent and a few guys who won’t be here much longer. JB needs to tone down the cannon though. Points left on the field.

  2. therealraider says:
    August 11, 2017 at 9:36 am
    Probably because playing into the 3rd quarter of the first preseason game means he’s going against scrubs.

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    Scrubs….you mean like your team’s starting defense?

  3. .
    ” but he won’t be playing much if all goes according to plan in the regular season.”

    One would think that to be a true statement based on past experience and Brady’s public utterances. However, it’s never a good idea to assume anything when dealing with Bill Belichick. Tom Brady seemed to be very well rested during last year’s playoffs.
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  4. While it’s true he wasn’t playing against “NFL” defenders, he also wasn’t playing with the Pats top-line offensive players – O-line or skill position players. I didn’t see the game, but read that he showed a quick release and he was accurate. Sounds like he looked good given the circumstances, which is all you can ask for. As Bill Parcells once said – let’s not go getting his bust ready for Canton just yet!

  5. He is probably over thinking things when in practice because thats when you are supposed to be paying attention to the details. In a game he will just do the groove and let it flow. If he has paid good attention to the details in practice that will come out when he shifts to game mode.

  6. therealraider says:
    August 11, 2017 at 9:36 am
    Probably because playing into the 3rd quarter of the first preseason game means he’s going against scrubs.

    But he was also playing with “scrubs” on his side.

  7. RegisHawk-still mad that the Patriots killed your one year dynasty huh? The fact you have to troll Pats blogs shows that you still mad.:)

  8. As things stand today, Brady’s eventual retirement looks like something the team can absorb and still stay at or near the top. But it remains to be seen whether that state can last until the day the retirement finally comes. This is why how Brisette looks bevomes so important.

  9. redlikethepig says:
    August 11, 2017 at 9:23 am
    No one cheats in practice. Duh.

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    Next time start your posts with “Duh” instead of putting it at the end. That way we will know not to read on…

  10. therealraider says:
    August 11, 2017 at 9:36 am
    Probably because playing into the 3rd quarter of the first preseason game means he’s going against scrubs.

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    He STARTED the game and played 2 and a half quarters.

  11. His top target last night is currently 6th on the depth chart. Zero starting Olinemen. Not too shabby. Impressive if you ask me.

  12. Jimmy played bad. When our starting d was on the field, he produced a field goal. I don’t know what that guy above is talking about. Our starters weren’t on the field after half time, Jimmy was.

  13. mikechris28 says:
    August 11, 2017 at 10:39 am
    Jimmy played bad. When our starting d was on the field, he produced a field goal. I don’t know what that guy above is talking about. Our starters weren’t on the field after half time, Jimmy was.

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    No Patriots starters played… so that means Jimmy was playing against the Jax starters with 10 guys that are all on the roster bubble or definitely won’t make the team. Getting a FG with that bunch against an NFL starting defense is pretty good.

  14. LOL…the NFL is all about the Patriots. Even their backup QB gets headlines. They dominate the headlines, dominate the comments, dominate our thoughts, and, especially, dominate on the field. gotta feel bad for the other 31…

  15. bullcharger says:
    August 11, 2017 at 10:53 am
    No Patriots starters played… so that means Jimmy was playing against the Jax starters with 10 guys that are all on the roster bubble or definitely won’t make the team. Getting a FG with that bunch against an NFL starting defense is pretty good.

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    Half of jags starters (the good half) didn’t play on D either. Jimmy’s amazing 3 point drive was 30 yards passing against 3rd string DBs, ending with a sack. Impressive.

  16. 12coltsfan12 says:
    August 11, 2017 at 11:06 am
    LOL…the NFL is all about the Patriots. Even their backup QB gets headlines. They dominate the headlines, dominate the comments, dominate our thoughts, and, especially, dominate on the field. gotta feel bad for the other 31…

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    Mostly they dominate the haters. Thats who always seems to be giving them the most attention.

  17. Well if he does well in practice, it means he will take Brady’s job and I don’t think he is ready for that. He knows he will face the wrath of Brady groupies if that happens. So subconsciously he is sabotaging himself. In preseason games or during Brady’s suspension, there is no such pressure.

  18. It’s preseason…. Gosh……just reading all these comments about what D & which O was on the field is comical….. Preseason in nothing but an audition for players to show their stuff & to implement what they have learned…..
    See how they perform under pressure & how much ” game sense they have……

  19. So the Jimmy led offense did practically nothing against the Jags starting defense, then started to pick it up against guys who will likely not even be in the league in a few weeks. Gotcha.

    I’m sure it’s nothing to worry about. The Patriots offense led by (insert QB name here) will always be one of the better offenses in the NFL. The system works.

  20. redlikethepig says:
    August 11, 2017 at 9:23 am
    No one cheats in practice. Duh.
    ____________________

    O-B-S-E-S-S-I-O-N
    No matter which of your id’s you use it ‘shines’ right through.
    God forgive us we do enjoy your misery. Thank you for sharing.

  21. No one cheats in practice. Duh.
    ____________________

    O-B-S-E-S-S-I-O-N
    No matter which of your id’s you use it ‘shines’ right through.
    God forgive us we do enjoy your misery. Thank you for sharing.
    _____________________

    I hope you understand that there is no obsession going on what so ever, we are laughing at you and your team and hold BB/Brady in the same regard as Lance Armstrong, Mcguire and Sosa, Marion Jones and others.

    Please don’t get it twisted, you sound silly when you do that.

  22. mikechris28 says:
    August 11, 2017 at 10:39 am

    Jimmy played bad. When our starting d was on the field, he produced a field goal. I don’t know what that guy above is talking about. Our starters weren’t on the field after half time, Jimmy was.

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    Other than Dion Lewis at RB, every NE offensive starter was, at best, a 2nd stringer. And none of the the WRs and TEs were above 4th on any depth chart. So at least the Jags can stop that. (except Myles Jack, who looked rusty and useless).

  23. RegisHawk says:
    August 11, 2017 at 10:18 am
    Because in games, he has Ernie telling him where to throw to.
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    Hey Hawk, know how they spell dynasty in the Pacific Northwest?
    O-N-E

  24. I’m sure it’s nothing to worry about. The Patriots offense led by (insert QB name here) will always be one of the better offenses in the NFL. The system works.

    Clueless. As we’ve become accustomed to.

  25. I’m so happy that the Patriots unable to be reproduced system, that has been in plain view to the world for almost 20 years by the way, will roll along nicely once Brady is gone. I mean, after all, Brady just happened to be a guy who could fog up a mirror and put on a uniform. Garoppolo, or really whomever, is the next guy supposedly. Put in Uncle RIco if you want….what’s the difference?

    All hail the magic “system”!!!

  26. You know who else sucked in practice, but produced and won games?! Tebow! Tim Tebow!! Lol someone had to say it… 😉

  27. I’m sure it’s nothing to worry about. The Patriots offense led by (insert QB name here) will always be one of the better offenses in the NFL. The system works.

    Clueless. As we’ve become accustomed to.
    ________________________________________

    2008 – Patriots are the 8th highest scoring team in the league, 5th in total offense. 11-5 record with Matt Cassell.

    Jimmy puts up nearly 500 passing yards and 44 pts in 6 qtrs and goes 2-0 as a starter in 2016.

    3-1 without Tom in 2016.

    Clueless?

  28. 09domer says:
    August 11, 2017 at 11:06 am
    bullcharger says:
    August 11, 2017 at 10:53 am
    No Patriots starters played… so that means Jimmy was playing against the Jax starters with 10 guys that are all on the roster bubble or definitely won’t make the team. Getting a FG with that bunch against an NFL starting defense is pretty good.
    —————–
    Half of jags starters (the good half) didn’t play on D either. Jimmy’s amazing 3 point drive was 30 yards passing against 3rd string DBs, ending with a sack. Impressive.

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    Garoppolo already won 2 NFL games as a starter. He’s out there getting reps. The Patriots had zero starters… not half. And of course he was sacked against starting DL and LBs.

  29. Which is it haters? The Patriots are a system team and Brady is just a game manager who was in the right place at the right time or is it when Brady retires the Patriots will be screwed.

    Maybe put your feeble minds together and get your story straight.

  30. scmems07 says:
    August 11, 2017 at 12:10 pm
    No one cheats in practice. Duh.
    ____________________

    O-B-S-E-S-S-I-O-N
    No matter which of your id’s you use it ‘shines’ right through.
    God forgive us we do enjoy your misery. Thank you for sharing.
    _____________________

    I hope you understand…
    ________________

    You just outed another of your many id’s? Yeah we got that.
    And here you are still being consumed by that obsession you deny.
    “Methinks the lady doth protest too much”

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