Josh McDaniels likes the way Jimmy Garoppolo is working

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With Tom Brady suspended for the first four games of the season, the Patriots will turn to the inexperienced backup Jimmy Garoppolo. Fortunately for New England, Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels says Garoppolo isn’t as inexperienced as he seems.

McDaniels says that as Garoppolo heads into his third season since the Patriots chose him in the second round of the 2014 NFL draft, the team is confident that Garoppolo has learned a lot through working on the practice field and the meeting room.

“He’s worked extremely hard,” McDaniels said. “He’s had a lot of opportunities in his first two-plus years here, in practice and in spring football. This will be his third opportunity at training camp. He’s got a great work ethic, a great approach, he tries to get better and improve every day, and he’s made progress. We’re a long way from where we want to be in terms of the finished product with him and a lot of guys on our team. There’s nobody that’s as good as we can make them. We’re excited to work with all those guys and try to improve every way we can.”

Garoppolo has thrown just 31 regular-season passes in his NFL career, most of them in a meaningless Week 17 loss to the Bills in 2014. He hasn’t shown much so far — except in the Patriots’ facility, where McDaniels likes what he sees.

91 responses to “Josh McDaniels likes the way Jimmy Garoppolo is working

  1. “0-4. Unless they keep finding ways to cheat.”

    Yes cause suddenly all the other great players on the Pats team will be awful because Garrapolo is back there instead of Brady.

    Its a sad thing that fans like you are so totally and utterly clueless about the game.

  2. unbridledsexy says:
    Jul 27, 2016 12:11 PM
    I wouldn’t underestimate the guy. He’s been sitting there and learning from Belicheck and watching Brady for 3 years.
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    If by learning you mean learning to cheat, then yes, he has been learning.

  3. This works well into Belichick’s program…Garoppolo goes 3-1 while starting and makes him trade bait like Cassel.

  4. The STRESS these guys live with…. man…. how Jimmy plays in these next 4 games will have financial implications in the “generational resonance” range…. go out and kill it, and you will have shown enough to desperate GM’s that someone will PAY you in a couple years… biff it and when your rookie deal runs out and you’re lucky to stay in the league as a #3, or a camp arm.

    Further, there’s the shït you cannot control; minor injuries, food poisoning, stressors coming from outside like family illnesses or the like…

    But no pressure……! Sheesh. How do they do it. I guess the answer is, most DON’T.

  5. This is the same team that went 11-5 with Matt Cassell. It’s cute that the fans of the other AFC teams think they suddenly now have a chance, but somehow I think we’ll be fine.

  6. Pats went 11-5 with Matt Cassel, who since then has become a career back up, and hadn’t started a game since high school when he made his first start for the Pats. I am sure they’ll be fine with Garoppolo. 3-1, and the rest of the East can keep on fighting for the wild card.

  7. the same mcdaniels that drafted tebow?
    oh yea he’s definitely a solid source when it comes to QB evaluation

  8. Every play call on Defense will be catered to forcing turnovers…I really wouldn’t want to face a Belichick defense during these first 4 games…he knows his QB is a question mark so his goal is to render him as benign as humanly possible.

  9. When you (1) cheat in every game and (2) have an offense that throws 5-yard passes every play, you can (3) plug in your grandmother at QB and win.

    One day the Patriots will be caught, and their “legacy” will be forever stained.

  10. gysot says:
    Jul 27, 2016 12:19 PM

    He also thought Tebow was a first round QB.
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    Ouch. I was feeling good about Garoppolo until you reminded me for that.

  11. denver1983 says:
    Jul 27, 2016 12:25 PM
    What else would he say? Sorry Pat fans with Grandpa Brady out, you are all doomed!

    Ha Ha- Nelson
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    Even if you were right, at least Brady will be back after four games. DEN will still be saddled with what might be the second worst QB situation in the league. All season. Enjoy.

    Good day, sir.

  12. What else would he say? Sorry Pat fans with Grandpa Brady out, you are all doomed!
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    “Grandpa Brady” was just voted the #2 best player in the NFL and, at the tender age of 38, put together an MVP-caliber season last year. As a Denver fan, you of all people should know that having a old man noodle arm at QB can still win you a SB. Once the HGH wore off, Peyton showed how good he really was.

  13. Hitdog18 says:
    Jul 27, 2016 12:28 PM
    Pats went 11-5 with Matt Cassel, who since then has become a career back up
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    Cassel was a Pro Bowl quarterback in Kansas City…

  14. When you (1) cheat in every game and (2) have an offense that throws 5-yard passes every play, you can (3) plug in your grandmother at QB and win.

    One day the Patriots will be caught, and their “legacy” will be forever stained.
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    These are the best type of comments. Just the saltiest of all fans throwing out the most ridiculous accusations. Cheat every game? Please, the Pats just work harder, play better, and care more than your pathetic team. 5-yard passes every game? Man if it were that easy, wouldn’t other teams try to emulate? I mean the Pats are the greatest dynasty of the SB era and show no signs of slowing down. If only other teams could throw 5-yard passes, maybe your team could actually win something.

  15. dwoofer says:
    Jul 27, 2016 12:33 PM
    One day the Patriots will be caught, and their “legacy” will be forever stained.
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    So you agree they having actually been caught doing anything yet. Got it. That’s what Pats fans have been saying for 15 years, but the haters still think its some cheating scheme.

  16. 12coltsfan12 says:
    Jul 27, 2016 12:39 PM
    as a colts fan something tells me they’ll be just fine
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    You still playing this game?
    Your shtick wasn’t even funny last year……..
    *

  17. I saw him play in the preseason last year and was unimpressed. When you put him side by side with Brady he just looks like a high school player: weaker arm, less command of the huddle, and not so good at reading defenses. He kind of reminds me of Cassel but not in a good way.

  18. This is the same team that went 11-5 with Matt Cassell. It’s cute that the fans of the other AFC teams think they suddenly now have a chance, but somehow I think we’ll be fine.

    Actually no, the only people who were on that team and now is Brady is Gostowksi. Try again there sport

  19. gysot says:
    Jul 27, 2016 12:19 PM
    He also thought Tebow was a first round QB.

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    Tebow has more postseason wins than Andy Dalton…..and fewer losses

  20. SNAP! SNAP! SNAP! SNAP!……….that’s the sound of the trolls taking the bait. They never miss a meal. Be glad when the season starts and their teams suck again and they’ll creep back under the rocks.

  21. seriously, who is going to challenge the Pats in the AFC this season? Denver, with either a rookie, or, and i cant believe this, Mark “butt fumble” Sanchez???? the Colts should be Ok, but can never beat the Pats in the playoffs…Pats vs Panthers SB LI, might as well book it now.

  22. Every play call on Defense will be catered to forcing turnovers…I really wouldn’t want to face a Belichick defense during these first 4 games…he knows his QB is a question mark so his goal is to render him as benign as humanly possible.

    Jeez what a genius!! What defense wouldn’t want to force a turnover! OMG BELICHEAT IS A GENIUS!!

  23. Pats went 11-5 with Matt Cassel the year before 2007 the Pats had one of the Greatest teams in the history of the NFL went 16-0 this years Pats team is not even close to that team. Oh yea Miami won the division that year…

  24. There is always a time in life when a great player just does not have it anymore can’t take the hits happens to all the greats and that time is coming up fast on Brady..

  25. Thats all great, but he hasnt not had an opportunity to play, which is how QB’s really get better and confident or less confident and worse. Jimmy has not been afforded this yet. We are going to be evaluating him off 4 games, the odds are stacked against him but i have already seen all i need from him, he is an NFL starter but he needs the opportunity to play. Period.

  26. Hitdog18 says:
    Jul 27, 2016 1:05 PM
    seriously, who is going to challenge the Pats in the AFC this season? Denver, with either a rookie, or, and i cant believe this, Mark “butt fumble” Sanchez???? the Colts should be Ok, but can never beat the Pats in the playoffs…Pats vs Panthers SB LI, might as well book it now.

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    The Steelers will be a tough team. Broncos will still be tough. And let’s be honest, even if the Bengals play tough during the regular season the red-headed QB will never win a postseason game so I almost hope the Patriots have to face the Bengals!

  27. It can be argued Jimmy has one of the quicker releases in all of the league. Accuracy in the short and intermediate game is elite as well. I am pretty confident he will do well because Josh and the Pats will manage him pretty well but there will be moments when Jimmy has to make a play and those defining moments will determine what lies ahead for him and the team.

  28. dwoofer says:
    Jul 27, 2016 12:33 PM
    When you (1) cheat in every game and (2) have an offense that throws 5-yard passes every play, you can (3) plug in your grandmother at QB and win.

    One day the Patriots will be caught, and their “legacy” will be forever stained.

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    Jeez, do some research.

    #1 – The NFL, under oath, twice told a judge that they had no evidence of any tampering with footballs (cheating). But obviously you know something they don’t, even after their $5 million dollar investigative Well$ report. Why didn’t you step up as the NFL’s star witness?

    #2 – Average pass per attempt in career for Brady is 7.4 – he is #32 out of 181 QB’s. Joe Montana is 7.5 – he is #26. Johnny Unitas is 7.8 – he is #13. In addition, Tom Brady is #8 on list of QB’s with largest single game yardage with 517 yards, Dan Marino is #6 (for perspective). – So much for Brady only throwing 5 yard passes every play.

    The Patriots and Brady’s (GOAT) legacy will be just fine. Not sure about the NFL or Goodell though.

    Just remember, ignorance just breeds more ignorance. Do a bit of research.

  29. Enjoy it Pats fans. You found lightning in a bottle with Brady, but when his career finally ends, you’ll go back to being stomped yearly like you were before he was drafted.

  30. 2 & 2 worse case With Jimmy

    12 & 0 with Tom no problem

    I’ll take 14 & 2 and Goodell can stick it

    bank on it folks…..

    Tom Brady in 12 games + 39 TD- 5 INT- 4800 yards

  31. Jul 27, 2016 12:11 PM – unbridledsexy says: I wouldn’t underestimate the guy. He’s been sitting there and learning from Belicheck and watching Brady for 3 years.

    Yeah, and that worked so well with Hoyer, Cassell and Mallett.

  32. qbarrel says:
    Jul 27, 2016 12:28 PM

    This is the same team that went 11-5 with Matt Cassell. It’s cute that the fans of the other AFC teams think they suddenly now have a chance, but somehow I think we’ll be fine.
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    That was 2008. Everyone knows better than that. Fine? Maybe. Same team? You hope not. Tedy was still playing then.

  33. Hitdog18 says:
    Jul 27, 2016 1:05 PM
    seriously, who is going to challenge the Pats in the AFC this season? Denver, with either a rookie, or, and i cant believe this, Mark “butt fumble” Sanchez???? the Colts should be Ok, but can never beat the Pats in the playoffs…Pats vs Panthers SB LI, might as well book it now.
    _ _ _ _ _ _

    Really? Denver beat the Pats twice with Brock and “Skinny Legs” Manning. Butt Fumble or a rookie will be improvements.

  34. “Actually no, the only people who were on that team and now is Brady is Gostowksi. Try again there sport”

    That’s true.

    But now we have Gronk, Edelman, Martellus, and a lot of other great players.

    Most teams when they get good then lose a lot of players and suck again. The Pats just keep reloading and find the gold in other team’s castoff chaff or undrafted FAs and keep being one of the best 4 teams almost every year.

    So saying that the players from the Cassel year are gone and acting like all the Pats players now suck is very disingenuous.

    All it does is show how scared you are that the Pats will continue steamrolling the league with Garrappolo at the helm.

  35. pioniere says:
    Jul 27, 2016 1:29 PM

    Enjoy it Pats fans. You found lightning in a bottle with Brady, but when his career finally ends, you’ll go back to being stomped yearly like you were before he was drafted.
    ——

    You may wish to examine the past again.

    Since the Kraft family bought the team the Patriots have been competitive pretty much year after year. No, they didn’t always win the division, but they became a regularly successful team.

    Their way of running the team is quite different from previous owners, and I for one believe as long as they continue to own it the Patriots will be a successful team. Maybe not as successful as the last 15 years…..that will probably never be matched by ANY team under one QB, but I don’t see them “being stomped yearly” under this ownership.

  36. Never ceases to amaze me the list of excuses trolls will make to try to disgrace the New England Patriots, and their greatness. All day every day. The 4 Super Bowls were cool, but the fact it’s ruined their lives is right up there.

  37. Brady finally, albeit reluctantly admitted his guilt and accepted his punishment. Why can’t most Patriot fans?

  38. jimmyt says:
    Jul 27, 2016 2:00 PM
    Brady finally, albeit reluctantly admitted his guilt and accepted his punishment. Why can’t most Patriot fans?

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    Get it straight. He didn’t admit guilt. He simply stopped the appeal process. Which does not = guilt. Remember, Goodell offered to reduce the suspension if he did admit guilt which has not happened.

    Try to keep up.

  39. Jul 27, 2016 1:42 PM – harrisonhits2 says: … Most teams when they get good then lose a lot of players and suck again. The Pats just keep reloading and find the gold in other team’s castoff chaff or undrafted FAs and keep being one of the best 4 teams almost every year. … All it does is show how scared you are that the Pats will continue steamrolling the league with Garrappolo at the helm.

    And all this time, I thought they were good because of Brady. I guess he’s been overrated, if just anybody can lead them to success.

  40. He’ll probably do fine but I’ve heard the same things said about tannehill for four years going on five. Belichek can hide any warts he has for four games.

  41. Pats vs Panthers SB LI, might as well book it now.

     =================================

    Better hope you’re right and somehow it’s not the Giants.

  42. dimi1919 says:
    Jul 27, 2016 2:11 PM
    Pats vs Panthers SB LI, might as well book it now.

    =================================

    Better hope you’re right and somehow it’s not the Giants.
    —————————————————————-
    As a Patriot fan I freely admit this is our kryptonite. We got nothing to defend ourselves when the Giants are brought up. The lame excuse of luck is just that, lame. We had them beat twice and they found a way. Tip of the hat.

  43. Arizona represents the NFL in the Super Bowl vs the Pats. Carolina(good tame) takes a step back.

  44. The Steelers will be a tough team. Broncos will still be tough. And let’s be honest, even if the Bengals play tough during the regular season the red-headed QB will never win a postseason game so I almost hope the Patriots have to face the Bengals!

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    how many steelers have been suspended? I’ve lost track. plus, they’re counting on a lot of rookies in that secondary. great offense, not sure they’re good on D.

  45. The Patriots are going to find it hard to get back to the Superbowl. The AFC East is one of the strongest divisions these days. My feeling is those guys will beat themselves up so bad that it will be cake walk for the Broncos again this year.

  46. troylok says:
    Jul 27, 2016 2:35 PM
    The Patriots are going to find it hard to get back to the Superbowl. The AFC East is one of the strongest divisions these days. My feeling is those guys will beat themselves up so bad that it will be cake walk for the Broncos again this year.
    -________________________________

    with the rookie or the butt fumbler?

  47. ladyjet says:
    Jul 27, 2016 1:19 PM

    Sounds like Tommy’s the new Drew Bledsoe….

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    You say that like it’s a bad thing. Do you have any idea how awesome it would be for Pats fans if Garropolo is to Brady what Brady was to Bledsoe!?!?! If that were the case, the Pats might not lose another game for years to come…

  48. troylok says:
    Jul 27, 2016 2:35 PM
    The Patriots are going to find it hard to get back to the Superbowl. The AFC East is one of the strongest divisions these days. My feeling is those guys will beat themselves up so bad that it will be cake walk for the Broncos again this year.

    Really it was a “cake walk” for Denver last year.

    Barley beating 2 teams at home in the playoffs is not a “cake walk”

    If AB plays for Pitt Denver probably losses that game. Then the game vs NE came down to the last play.

    Not to mention needing OT to beat Cleveland and how many lucky bounces they got through out the season (to there credit they took advantage of them) but STOP with the “cake walk” stuff.

  49. Pats are stocked with depth & talent… That along with the best coach in all of football & his excellent staff will handle the 1st 4 games with relative ease…. Then we get the greatest QB to ever play the game back….
    Life is good in Patriot nation
    Go Pats!!!

  50. 2nd best QB in the AFC East…..
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    yeah man, I am really feeling it. Even though he has to to play a down in the NFL, he could be the second best QB in the league. so groovin with this. Thanks.

  51. He said AFC East…. That’s by far no stretch!!!
    May be the AFC as a whole…. Time will tell

  52. Really it was a “cake walk” for Denver last year.

    Barley beating 2 teams at home in the playoffs is not a “cake walk”

    If AB plays for Pitt Denver probably losses that game. Then the game vs NE came down to the last play.

    Not to mention needing OT to beat Cleveland and how many lucky bounces they got through out the season (to there credit they took advantage of them) but STOP with the “cake walk” stuff.

    Pats never won a super bowl by more than 4 pts. Barely beating.

  53. The cake walk for Denver was the way they abused Tom Brady and the Patriots. That cake walk. Btw, how is Tom? Probably relaxing on a bench somewhere.

  54. “The cake walk for Denver was the way they abused Tom Brady and the Patriots. ”

    That’s how bad the Pats have beaten up the league the last 15 years.

    Beating the Pats by a massive 2 whole points is considered a “cake walk” by fans of other teams.

    By Pats fans standards a “cake walk” is beating the other team by 4 TDs. Beating a team by 2 points is barely winning though winning nonetheless.

  55. beachsidejames says:
    Jul 27, 2016 3:42 PM
    The cake walk for Denver was the way they abused Tom Brady and the Patriots. That cake walk. Btw, how is Tom? Probably relaxing on a bench somewhere.

    “Relaxing on the beach” like dolphins players EVERY January.
    Stay tuned for more of the same for the Dolphins

  56. xxbarklikeadogxx says:
    Jul 27, 2016 2:57 PM
    2nd best QB in the AFC East…..
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    yeah man, I am really feeling it. Even though he has to to play a down in the NFL, he could be the second best QB in the league. so groovin with this. Thanks.

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    Given what we have all seen from Ryan Tannehill, Tyrod Taylor and Geno Smith I’m willing to go our on a limb and choose Garapolo. Tannehill and Geno clearly stink but I admit I could be wrong about Taylor.

  57. What will the Haters complain about if the Patriots go 4-0 or 3-1 (the Cards) while Brady is out?

    Well, I can guess they will fall back on their weak minded excuse that the Patriots somehow “cheated” because the weak minded Haters have no idea what it really takes to win an NFL game.

  58. imodan says:
    Jul 27, 2016 2:21 PM
    dimi1919 says:
    Jul 27, 2016 2:11 PM
    Pats vs Panthers SB LI, might as well book it now.

    =================================

    Better hope you’re right and somehow it’s not the Giants.
    —————————————————————-
    As a Patriot fan I freely admit this is our kryptonite. We got nothing to defend ourselves when the Giants are brought up. The lame excuse of luck is just that, lame. We had them beat twice and they found a way. Tip of the hat.
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    We’ll see, that wad certainly the case when Coughlin was coaching. He knows Belichick well and had a good plan against him. The knew coach will need to prove it.

  59. superpatriotsfan says:
    Jul 27, 2016 1:07 PM
    Downvote me all you want Pats fans. You know McDaniels was part of the cheating in New England and Denver. Don’t deny the facts.
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    Your facts are nothing but speculation, McDaniels was never linked to any cheating whatsoever with the Pats. Spygate had nothing to do with McD and neither did the make believe anti-science radical deflategate morons.

    So when you say don’t deny facts, the real fact is you have no facts to back up your asinine opinions.

  60. Four coaches who have picked 3 of the top 15 players in the NFL draft in the past 20 seasons according to Profootball Reference .com……….

    Groh 2000
    Shannahan 2006
    Payton 2006
    McDaniels 2010

  61. Coach will have his boys ready to roll, he always does. Business as usual. BB teams don’t have distractions no matter how hard the media trys, they have practice.

  62. pioniere says:
    Jul 27, 2016 1:29 PM
    Enjoy it Pats fans. You found lightning in a bottle with Brady, but when his career finally ends, you’ll go back to being stomped yearly like you were before he was drafted.
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    I always find comments like this funny. What is ironic is that people like you constantly (especially before framegate and spygate gave you the “CHEATERS!” nonsense to spew) used to regularly say things like: “NE fans est 2001.”

    However it seems to be YOU who didn’t realize the Pats were pretty solid for much of the 90s after Drew arrived. They were a fairly regular postseason participant and went to a SB. They had some really rough times in the very early 90s and late 80s… Before that they also went to a SB and were pretty good.

    And in the 70s they were one of the best teams consistently. Unfortunately the Raiders were better. Think Manning’s Colts: They were really good, but unfortunately, Brady’s Pats were usually better.

    Now, the Jets on the other hand…

  63. so funny reading all of the whining and sobbing about NE.
    We have what equates to a National Hate Team of groupies riding in a magic hate bus who all love them some NE cheats crying.

    So far, their incessant crying hasn’t changed anything;
    4 SB titles in 15 years, so just keep on crying babies.

    BTW, What’s it like to live through another team fellas?

  64. Maybe the bench is where Tom belongs. I mean the last 4 time times the Patriots took the field they lost 3 of those games. That’s with Brady.

  65. skawh says:
    Jul 27, 2016 5:06 PM
    “Cheat every game? Please, the Pats just work harder, ”

    Yeah, at cheating. EVERYone knows already.
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    Great…The Trolls “know” it = speculation/opinion

    Now prove what you “know”!

    CRICKETS! or Regurgitation of exposed NFL lies…

    20+ Years of NFL Dominance and there is nothing you can do about it!

    Trolls Lose Again!

  66. It’s funny you should mention those loses…. They all OCCURED after the Pats had already locked up a 1st round bye…..
    Brady played in his 5th consecutive AFC Championship game ….. Please remind me, Where was Miami again??!!

  67. skawh says:
    Jul 27, 2016 5:06 PM
    “Cheat every game? Please, the Pats just work harder, ”

    Yeah, at cheating. EVERYone knows already.
    ______________________________________

    Every Troll cries it…No Troll proves it…

    Troll Lose Again!

  68. dimi1919 says:
    Jul 27, 2016 2:11 PM
    Pats vs Panthers SB LI, might as well book it now.

    =================================

    Better hope you’re right and somehow it’s not the Giants.

    ———————–

    Since the Giants aren’t generally good enough to make the playoffs anymore, there isn’t much chance of that. Eli and the Claw aren’t gonna get them there.

  69. beachsidejames says:
    Jul 27, 2016 8:58 PM

    One of those beat downs was by the Dolphins.
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    Lol. You mean the game where the Patriots didn’t even try?

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