Jimmy Garoppolo: I’m working in the right direction

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The process of preparing Jimmy Garoppolo to start at quarterback for the first four games of the regular season took another step forward on Thursday night when the Patriots hosted the Saints to kick off their preseason schedule.

Garoppolo handled the first half for the Patriots and looked more comfortable as the night unfolded. In what he called not “our best start,” Garoppolo was sacked twice while completing 3-of-7 passes at the outset, but things improved over the rest of the night. He beat the pass rush with a quick pass that turned into a 56-yard gain for James White and led two scoring drives before exiting the game.

“I think I’m working in the right direction,” Garoppolo said in comments distributed by the team. “I said earlier this week, there’s plenty of things I could work on, little things here and there. That’s just part of being a quarterback. There are a lot of little things here and there and you want to be the best at your craft.”

Coach Bill Belichick didn’t have much to say about Garoppolo’s outing, saying that they’ll “look at everybody” in response to a question about the quarterback’s performance. They’ll be more to look at as the offseason unfolds and Garoppolo should see some more time against first-stringers as it does, which should give a better impression of what the first four weeks of the season will look like.

33 responses to “Jimmy Garoppolo: I’m working in the right direction

  1. Coach Bill Belichick didn’t have much to say about Garoppolo’s outing, saying that they’ll “look at indoctrinating the young QB into the cheating culture that has become the mainstay of the NE legacy”…….

  2. I am sure the entire Patriot’s organization is planning their special cheats for the first four games. They will follow the playbook that worked great for Matt Cassel in 2008 for a 10-5 record, then without the cheats Matt’s stats retreated into those of a backup (and the Pat’s were not caught)

  3. Looked to me like he had a little bit of nerves early in the game, or he was just way too pumped to be getting the start. But he settled down and looked pretty good as the game progressed. Have to see how he performs next week before you can start to gauge anything.

    Any word on when the league is going to launch their $5 mil “inflategate” investigation? So that they can search for “the inflator” in text messages from 4 years ago. After all, the Saints fumbled and threw a pick 6 on their first 2 possessions, that would never ever ever happen with regulation footballs. And wierd things happen to footballs in Foxboro, amirite? Something must be out of whack

  4. The 4 time World Champion Patriots will be just fine for the first 4 weeks with Jimmy. 🙂 Nothing I saw last night made me think otherwise.

    My advice to him? Slide, boy! 🙂 He was lucky he didn’t get hurt when he scrambled for that first down.

  5. It really is wonderful to know Patriot Hater never stops thinking of the 4 time World Champion Patriots, winners of more Super Bowls than any team in the last 25 years, winners of more games this century than any team, home of the GOAT QB – not to mention winningest postseason QB in history – the greatest coach in history, the greatest fanbase in the NFL as proven by a recent study and the undisputed paragon of excellence in the modern NFL and if we are being completely honest any sport at any time.

    I can’t blame them. Posting on a Patriots topic is as close to greatness as Patriot Hater will ever realize with their own little weaklings that they call their team.

    🙂

  6. churchofthehoody says:
    Aug 12, 2016 9:28 AM

    You mean the Matt Cassel who made the pro bowl with the Chiefs???


    OH snap! Patriot Hater got punked again!

    They make it so FREAKING easy! 🙂 That’s why getting literally in Patriot Hater’s grill and laughing at them is so much fun!

  7. joetoronto says:
    Aug 12, 2016 8:01 AM
    I hope he dismantles the Bills and their delusional fan base in week 4.
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    Did you get beat up by a Bills fan when you were kid? Is this your revenge? To anonymously make comments about the Bills while behind a keyboard. Yep, you sure are winning while that Bills fan is banging the girl of your dreams.

  8. I enjoy reading the names of the haters, its the same group that sit and wait for any topic that involves the Patriots.
    That group of children either need to get a life or pick a team that will finally make the playoffs.

  9. As a diehard fan for 35 years and season tickets in the family since ’78, one of the better 1st halves I’ve seen for a backup QB and a lot of the younger players looked great.

  10. churchofthehoody says:
    Aug 12, 2016 9:28 AM
    You mean the Matt Cassel who made the pro bowl with the Chiefs???

    Thinking sure is hard (for some people…)

    FYI: For the 2011 pro bowl Cassel was a alternate / replacement selection due to injury or vacancy. Coaches included Bill Belichick, and Andy Reid. I guess Casslel was a courtesy selection.

  11. In 2010, Cassel had 27 TDs and 7 INTs, certainly better than MANY QBs currently playing in the league right now with far better coaching staffs and weaponry.

    Regardless, love dem Pats!

    The utter joy of watching jealous fans squirm.

    LOL!

  12. If ‘working in the right direction’ means ‘working towards average’, then yes, Giraffalo is right on target….come on Patriots fans, that was the very definition of blah last night for a guy in his 3rd camp, admit it. This guys is no Tom Brady…or Matt Cassell for that matter.

  13. vikingsdefineaverage says:
    Aug 12, 2016 9:33 AM

    ……Patriots will be dreaming of an 8-8 season when Brady retires

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    Every Patriots article in the last 5 years has had a similar comment.

    Even if you are right, who cares. 15 years of winning has been pretty fun.

  14. For all the light hearted comments posted here concerning large groups of dedicated , hard working people , committed in the singular atmosphere of rarified professional athletics which must in any case , resolving success as a community , while growing the thick skin one generally associates with other public figures including , particularly , politicians .
    One absorbs the breathtaking simplicity in the high handed , or otherwise thought free process , of insulting the improvement of time sensitive and time limited products , including years of intense labor folks personally invest , who on balance work essentially every day all year to produce , in these comments for a life as a sort of parlour trick .
    Good luck with that .

  15. black59razorblog says:
    Aug 12, 2016 12:54 PM
    If ‘working in the right direction’ means ‘working towards average’, then yes, Giraffalo is right on target….come on Patriots fans, that was the very definition of blah last night for a guy in his 3rd camp, admit it. This guys is no Tom Brady…or Matt Cassell for that matter.
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    It was 1 pre season game. If you are a football fan you know you dont put much stock in these games. So many guys, not just on the Pats, light it up during pre season and then dont even make the team. Not to mention most of the Pats best weapons on O did not play. You think that makes a difference when the games do count?

    But yes, he is no Tom Brady I’ll give ya that…

  16. dcpatfan says:
    Aug 12, 2016 1:25 PM
    I’m So Proud To Be A Patriot
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    Why do Pats fans think they play in the NFL. Last I checked Boston has a lot of overweight chowderheads.

  17. “It’s awesome that we have the best two Qb’s in the division. How the trolls must hate it”

    Right. Just as it was with Cassel, Hoyer and Mallet. Delusional Pats fans, always amusing.

  18. What’s your point? If NE still had Cassel, Hoyer and Mallet, they’d have the 5 best QB’s in the AFCE. I’d rather roll with any one of them than the clown(s) you’re trotting out there. And that’s without even considering the $ you’re foolishly WASTING on your chump(s).

  19. Jimmy is going to shock the world with his play and will prove that BB can coach any player to the level of Tom Brady. Just listen to what you’re taught and do your job.

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