Jimmy Garoppolo says he learned how to prepare from Tom Brady

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Jimmy Garoppolo spent three and a half years as the Patriots’ backup before becoming the 49ers’ starter, and Garoppolo says he learned a lot from an apprenticeship under Tom Brady.

Garoppolo said he noted Brady’s preparation while they played together, and Garoppolo tries to prepare the same way.

“I think his love for the game, obviously, is a big part of it, and I clearly have that,” Garoppolo said. “So the way he prepares, that was one thing I picked up from him, just being around him for three-and-a-half years. It makes the difference. And week in and week out, to be mentally tough enough to do that and physically tough enough to survive the games, it’s all that coming together, really.”

The 49ers just signed Garoppolo to a five-year, $137.5 million contract because they think he can be a similar quarterback to Brady. In that case, he’d be worth every penny.

46 responses to “Jimmy Garoppolo says he learned how to prepare from Tom Brady

  1. .
    Because Jimmy was able to apprentice under Brady, Belichick and McDaniels his knowledge of the pro game was already very good. He was also going up against the Patriots #1 defensive unit in practice for those three years and it’s doubtful they cut him any slack.
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  2. The Raiders never won it all until they picked up a QB who was bumped by Steve Grogan. You’re welcome btw. SF may find a return to higher altitudes in a similar fashion. Can’t say we haven’t done our part in the betterment of the left coast.

    Oh, also, the Raiders won their 1st SB because a magical penalty flag bailed them out just as they were about to lose.

    Synchronicity, Karma or coincidence? Funny old world isn’t it?

  3. Tom imparting wisdom on Jimmy:
    Remember Jimmy, never, and I mean never shake hands with the opposing qb when you lose. When you win…sure, not when you lose.

  4. Somewhere BB is wondering if he should have let Jimmy go.

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    Probably not. You couldnt keep them both this upcoming year. JG wanted to start and wanted starters money. Way too much money for the QB position. TB is still playing well. You either kept TB and traded JG or you kept JG and waived TB.

    TB is going to be good for 2, maybe 3 years. I would imagine BB is going to retire in less than 5.

  5. There are videos of Jimmy G saying the same things that Tom Brady did, and playing a similar style of football. He learned his lessons well from the master.

  6. Well all I know is that before that Jaguars game he stated that there was some weaknesses in that highly touted Jags defense and then went out there on gameday and ripped that defense apart.

    So if that was attributed to his preparation I have to say he leaned a lot from Brady and Bill.

  7. I understand why Brady was kept (the relationship he had with the owner, his history with Pats etc) and why BB would — for football reasons only — want to keep Jimmy over Tom going forward, but has never been explained properly by the Pats is why Jimmy was traded for so little compared to what the trading Market would say was his worth.

    Instead of fake stories, if the media was professional that issue would be the one they would delve into.

  8. Because Jimmy was able to apprentice under Brady, Belichick and McDaniels his knowledge of the pro game was already very good. He was also going up against the Patriots #1 defensive unit in practice for those three years and it’s doubtful they cut him any slack.
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    The same #1 defense that got shredded by a backup QB who almost walked away from football? Patriot defense is and always was overrated.

  9. Hard work and innovation used to be respected in this country.

    Now its ridiculed by those too lazy and or incapable of doing so as somehow “cheating”

  10. He did not learn how to cut a below market deal which is the most important key to SB’s in the NFL these overpriced QB days!!! Brady still has nothing to worry about. This deal sets the franchise on the path to struggling to win a SB even once just like the other non Patriot teams with their shiny overpriced QB’s even the elite ones.

  11. harrisonhits2 says:
    February 10, 2018 at 9:20 am
    Hard work and innovation used to be respected in this country.

    Now its ridiculed by those too lazy and or incapable of doing so as somehow “cheating”

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    I don’t blame him for the cheating. That started before he got to Jr. High School and I think his talent, while overrated given his body of work, is probably for real. It’s not about “hard work and innovation”; it’s about sportsmanship which the Patriots have none of. They cheated, they bent rules, and then they cheated. Those are facts.

    Think of it like this. A knight (football player) gets onto a field of battle (gridiron) and they fight. The good knight hits the bad knight to the ground and let’s him pick up his sword and fight on. Because the honor of knowing he won fairly and without having to “tweak things” is 100% critical to him. The Patriots aren’t like that. They want to win no matter what, which means it is a win without honor.

    I’m sure you don’t understand that but the rest of the world does. People don’t hate the Patriots because of their “success.” They hate them because of how that success came about. They cheated.

  12. robigd says:
    February 10, 2018 at 8:52 am
    Because Jimmy was able to apprentice under Brady, Belichick and McDaniels his knowledge of the pro game was already very good. He was also going up against the Patriots #1 defensive unit in practice for those three years and it’s doubtful they cut him any slack.
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    The same #1 defense that got shredded by a backup QB who almost walked away from football? Patriot defense is and always was overrated.
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    Not the same. Malcolm Butler didn’t play in the SB.

  13. If you look at his college tapes vs his pro tapes, his release isn’t night and day but it’ quicker and less motion. In the NFL that IS night and day.

    Reminds me of Bert Jones. arm wise but not the mobility. Jones was Elway before Elway came along. Best QB I’ve ever seen. Injuries did him in.

  14. he’s no brady, but then no one has ever been remotely as good as the Great One. here’s to garrapalo getting to the bowl many times and adding another chapter to the belichick / brady dynasty. he learned from the masters and got paid.

  15. San Francisco sports teams/fansare the west coast version of the Patriots. Bandwagon fanbases, when their teams winning they are win your faces, when their teams are loosing they go fishing. They live in the past, tell everyone continuously that they are the best and everyone else sucks. Both hate their bigger better rivals (NYC,LA). Both think they have the best food, fans, culture..blah blah blah….

  16. robigd says:
    February 10, 2018 at 8:52 am
    Because Jimmy was able to apprentice under Brady, Belichick and McDaniels his knowledge of the pro game was already very good. He was also going up against the Patriots #1 defensive unit in practice for those three years and it’s doubtful they cut him any slack.
    ———————–

    The same #1 defense that got shredded by a backup QB who almost walked away from football? Patriot defense is and always was overrated.
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    As will the Philly D which got shredded for the most yards in SB history, plus 33 points, well above their season average (18 ppg). Sure, Philly won the game, but see, if you wanna pick apart (selectively) a couple of words in a sentence, then two can play that game.

  17. There’s an interview with JimmyG on the 49ers site when he first got there. He said Brady texted him during the 49ers press conference, that they had a great relationship on and off the field and Brady was a special guy. So much for all the phony angst.

    BB knew after Brady’s contract was extended in Feb 2016 that Jimmy G was gone. All the made up stuff gets clicks but doesn’t have much to do with reality.

  18. A donkey can prepare all day long, he’s never going to win the Kentucky Derby. Brady can’t teach you talent, or Jacoby Brissett would’ve taken the Colts to the Super Bowl against Hoyer and the 49ers.

  19. TheodoreBabyHandsBustAqua says:
    February 10, 2018 at 9:47 am
    The NFC has Rodgers, Brees, Wilson, Wentz, Stafford, Ryan, Cam, Goff and now this Jimmy guy to all contend with. Must be nice being in the AFC with Brady, Ben, Rivers and uhhhh….who else really?
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    Stafford and Goff don’t belong in your list, sorry. A rocket arm or one good year don’t qualify you as top QBs.

    Why not mention Alex Smith? Hell Flacco has been to a SB and won. Manning just retired.

    Funny thing is, of all those QBs you named in the NFC that are so good, they have 3 SBs over the last 15 years. AFC seems lucky to be able to face the NFC finally when when the reach the SB

  20. I know pat fan will be sensitive about it but I will always believe Brady told the Deflator and his buddy to have the footballs to 12.5 PSI and they got carried away and went lower than that. And combined with the weather it went even lower. Explains the text messages perfectly.

    Jaywalking at best and not a big deal to me whatsoever. I’m sure other teams took the same liberties with air in footballs. It would have been a very big deal if they also deflated the Colts footballs and thankfully for the sake of the league it doesn’t sound like they did.

  21. Actually the Colts illegally stuck a pin in the patriots ball to check the PSI, is that not tampering ? When the NFL officials checked the balls at half time The Colts ball were found to be under inflated also. Sort of what happens to your tires in the winter, anyone in the cold climates has understood since they were old enough to drive.

  22. I’m glad jimmys getting his gold jacket, the wait has been long enough.

    I remember reading articles about luck, Ryan, Kapernick, Wilson, even Rogers. Most of those guys are not in the same zip code as the greats. How about we wait and see what Jimmy does before we anoint him a Haller.

  23. I still believe Jimmy will be overrated. He’ll probably be good enough to make the playoffs, but won’t be worth that ridiculous contract. The Niners will have to put a very good team around him to make it to a SB. They aren’t there yet. Not even close.

  24. Enjoy our chatty dolphins fans while we have them, folks — they disappear every November just like their team.

  25. Braz says:
    February 10, 2018 at 12:53 pm
    I know pat fan will be sensitive about it but I will always believe Brady told the Deflator and his buddy to have the footballs to 12.5 PSI and they got carried away and went lower than that. And combined with the weather it went even lower. Explains the text messages perfectly.

    Jaywalking at best and not a big deal to me whatsoever. I’m sure other teams took the same liberties with air in footballs. It would have been a very big deal if they also deflated the Colts footballs and thankfully for the sake of the league it doesn’t sound like they did.

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    There is no person called the deflator. Not even ESPN trued telling that whopper, thats just been haters in comments sections trying to make something.

    Its been documented that Brady asked for the balls prepared at 12.5 as its documented that he brought in a rulebook to establish that this was legal (so ‘not cheating’ for you laymen out there). And for the most part they still were the legal limit, that 12 out of 12 report was proven false, if you check the actual numbers once they did get published it was only one that was a pound under (11.t) and a couple others a couple ticks under. You are probably right that it was the weather, especially since 4 of the 5 Colts balls tested were also under and its doubtful they were deflating either.

  26. Braz says:
    February 10, 2018 at 12:53 pm
    I know pat fan will be sensitive about it but I will always believe Brady told the Deflator and his buddy to have the footballs to 12.5 PSI and they got carried away and went lower than that. And combined with the weather it went even lower. Explains the text messages perfectly.

    Jaywalking at best and not a big deal to me whatsoever. I’m sure other teams took the same liberties with air in footballs. It would have been a very big deal if they also deflated the Colts footballs and thankfully for the sake of the league it doesn’t sound like they did.

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    You are on the right path. I agree with your synopsis in general, almost.
    In a few specific game before this all blew up, the balls were pressure tested at 16PSI and Brady didn’t have good results made him double down on the rules and his ball guys process.
    He probably did tell them to make sure the balls were at the lowest legal limit, since they were way above the legal limit in earlier games and he didn’t like the feel or his game results.
    So what? If they start the game out at 12.5 psi they are legal. All bets are off at that point, which is why he did NOTHING wrong.
    It’s not even Jaywalking

    Hatriot Nation can go pound sand if they think otherwise.

  27. exinsidetrader says:
    February 10, 2018 at 8:04 am
    —but has never been explained properly by the Pats is why Jimmy was traded for so little compared to what the trading Market would say was his worth.
    —————————–
    But all the haters said JimmyG wasn’t worth a 1st and now say BB should’ve got more than a 2nd! Pats got a 2nd, plus sent him far from the AFCE, plus in reality got Hoyer (a ready-made backup QB familiar with Pats and a good pal of Brady). By officially cutting Hoyer instead of making him formally part of the trade 49ers paid the 2nd half of Hoyer’s 2017 salary and enabled the Pats to make their own contract. All that for JimmyG who a couple of months later would be a FA who they couldn’t afford to keep. That’s a great deal – under the circumstances.

  28. Scratching my head at all the shots at the Patriots for losing to a “backup Quarterback”. So did Minnesota and so did Atlanta. Not like Nick Foles hasn’t been a successful starting QB in this league. It’s like ragging on teams that lost to the 49ers in the late 80’s when Montana went down.

  29. No team has ever remotely approached the length and breath of what the Patriots have accomplished, and Brady has helped set the tone in so many ways. Jimmy G recognizes it, as do all of the players that can compare their experience with the Patriots vs. other places they’ve been. Almost always, they say that the professionalism, attention to detail, and expectation is on a different level in Foxboro. Brady is the antithesis of a guy like Lebron—no “I” or “me” in any of his statements, and he desires to be treated to be treated like every other teammate, while not causing any distractions, including anything regarding his contract—even though he could rightly demand 30-40 million per year.

    Objective people realize that this is not only rare, but it’s literally unheard of with the handful of superstars in any sport.

    It seems like Jimmy G is thankful for the great start and training he got with the Pats and Interacting with Brady for 3 years. Good luck to him.

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