Patriots to decide Monday if Garoppolo can play this week

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The Patriots beat the Dolphins on Sunday despite a shoulder injury to quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and they don’t have much time before getting back on the field for Week Three.

The Texans will be in town on Thursday night, leaving the Patriots with a need to make a quick call on whether Garoppolo can start or serve as the backup to Jacoby Brissett in that game. Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels says that’s just what they’ll do.

Appearing on “Kirk and Callahan” on WEEI Monday, McDaniels said, via Mike Reiss of ESPN.com, that the team will make their decision Monday about Garoppolo’s status. According to multiple reports, Garoppolo suffered a sprained AC joint and he was in “tremendous pain” Sunday evening so it would seem likely that they’ll be looking in other directions.

If Garoppolo can’t play, the Patriots will need to figure out a backup plan for Brissett. Julian Edelman served as the emergency quarterback on Sunday, but they may want someone else in the event that things take a turn for the worse again on Thursday. There’s not too much to like about the free agent options, but the Pats know they’ll be getting more help at the position in two weeks.

109 responses to “Patriots to decide Monday if Garoppolo can play this week

  1. How many heads outside of NEW England just exploded to see THE Greatest team of Alllllll TIME win with a rookie 3rd string QB? Great population control….ROTFLMAO

  2. That decision was made Sunday afternoon on national TV.

    Real question is the best game plan for Brisset.

    Hope the Pats resign Jimmy G.

  3. Garoppolo suffered a sprained AC joint and he was in “tremendous pain”

    Why does everything with this organization have to be so dramatic?
    It’s like they are high school drama queens.
    That image of Brady at their stadium was sad. He’s not dead, he doesn’t have a terminal illness, he’s serving a 4 game suspension lol.

  4. Matt Flynn will be signed as a backup for a couple of weeks. He has spent some time in Foxborough, and has a basic knowledge of the Pats offence.

  5. There’s no way that Belichick doesn’t sign somebody this week. Jimmy G looked like he was in enough pain that his 4 game stint will absolutely end early, and it’s a shame. Brissett has shown some capability in the preseason and yesterday, but we can’t have Edelman back there if something similar should happen. He’s way too valuable and the Kent State QB resume isn’t quite what would cut it as an actual starter/fill in.

    I’d settle for 3-1, hit the fast-forward button and let’s get Brady back in there.

  6. That’s too bad for this kid. He’s been killing it and was really setting himself up as a top QB acquisition for those QB-less teams this off season. I wish him a quick recovery.

    I’ll admit that I had some impure thoughts during the game that maybe the Pats should let Brady go this off season and keep Jimmy.

  7. “There’s not too much to like about the free agent options, but the Pats know they’ll be getting more help at the position in two weeks.”
    ———————————-

    Delight all you will in someone’s injury trolls but the cavalry is definitely coming and he will have blood in his eyes. And NE, at worst, will be no less than 2-2 and a game back when he gets there…sweet dreams.

    Remember Kurt Russell in Tombstone? “You tell ’em I’m coming and I’m bringing hell with me.”

  8. .
    The medical consensus seems to be that a sprained ac joint takes about 10 days to heal. If so, the Patriots would have to muddle through with Brissett on Thursday vs Houston. However, it would seem reasonable to expect Garopollo to be in the mix the following Sunday vs Buffalo.
    .

  9. If gas prices skyrocket and fall into shortage…the Texans might not even make it to the airport…

  10. As a Texan fan I am torn about this issue. On one hand I like that our odds of winning a prime time nationally televised game go up if brady/garoppolo are out. On the other hand I want to see what our team can do against an upper level team. Hmm…

    These types of philosophical debates are only fun/possible because the rest of our division is straight trash…

    Home field advantage in the Super Bowl sure will be nice this year.

  11. Don’t sell the house. You were going to be ok if after 4 weeks if you came away with a 2-2 record. Find a serviceable journey man and leave it at that. And while your at it game plan passing plays that are less likely to find a receiver in situations of high risk for injury. Other than that, take the reigns off Brissett and let him have his moment in the sun.

  12. I mean this with all due respect ,,, it’s kinda like you really don’t pay much attention to their personnel situations it just goes over my head it’s like a non story because they win the game it’s crazy and Iam a GIANTS fan this year I finally stopped fighting it and giving them their just dues ,,,it is crazy what they do !

  13. The “tremendous pain” remark was just an observation by a mysterious “league source” — not a statement by the team or players. Just the sort of troll accuracy we’ve come to expect from the folks that think 2-0 is really 0-4.

  14. trailerparkking says:
    Sep 19, 2016 8:05 AM
    Garoppolo suffered a sprained AC joint and he was in “tremendous pain”

    Why does everything with this organization have to be so dramatic?
    ———————————-

    Says the supposed Steelers fan, is there any player more dramatic about injuries than Roethlisberger?
    Can only laugh at the dramatic organization comment. How about we start with comparing Belichick to Tomlin in that regard?

  15. Tebow has sent himself into personal exile with all of that boring baseball nonsense. He apparently has given up on a pro football career because the NFL gave up on him. He could help the Pats right now but that is unlikely to happen. Maybe Brady should deflate some more footballs and lie about it??

  16. Houston Head Coach Bill O’Brian knows the Patriots better than any opposition head coach and it helps him when Belichick has to limit his playbook and options.

    Belichick’s response will not just be on offense, it will incorporate defensive and special teams strategic changes. Field position will be key. Making the Texans have long drives to score and not letting them get points on defense or special teams. Conversely, Belichick will try to shorten the field on offense, score on defense and special teams.

  17. Why don’t they try to get Hoyer or Cassell, both know the system, and played in it for years.

    I like the new kid, but he has not had enough experience.

  18. Maybe the commish can come up with another penalty. I saw so many qbs pile driven yesterday its ridicoulous. What you get 15 yds for breaking a shoulder. Ya that scares the hell out of them.

  19. trailerparkking says:

    Why does everything with this organization have to be so dramatic?
    It’s like they are high school drama queens.

    ————————————————————

    this from a Steeler fan?

    now that is too funny

  20. No Brady, Gronk, Hightower, Nink, Lewis and then no Jimmy.. And the Pats are still 2-0. BB better be in the running for COY, this is absurd.

  21. trailerparkking says:
    Sep 19, 2016 8:05 AM
    Garoppolo suffered a sprained AC joint and he was in “tremendous pain”

    Why does everything with this organization have to be so dramatic?
    It’s like they are high school drama queens.
    That image of Brady at their stadium was sad. He’s not dead, he doesn’t have a terminal illness, he’s serving a 4 game suspension lol.

    —–

    I’d say if you didn’t like it, you didn’t have to read about it, but yet, here you are, complaining about it again (still?). It’s like you enjoy putting yourself through pain and jealousy or something.

    And that’s ok. If it’s what you like, it’s what you like. Don’t let other people tell you it’s wrong or not normal. Who cares what they think. You do what you do to make you feel happy. And if that’s coming to a (every?) Pats article and whining about it, you go right ahead.

  22. I think about half the trolls gnawed some of their extremities off yesterday as the Pats were winning. Quite a few less of the usual ones around today.

    Jimmy G looked great. Pats should re-sign him, let Brady play out this year and next year and the get a king’s ransom in trade for him.

  23. Agree with many comments..create a multi-dimensional game plan and let Brisset show what he can do vs Texans. Hope Jimmy G has a speedy recovery. GO PATS!

  24. A good but tough victory for the Patriots…I didn’t think the play by Alonzo was dirty, but after watching the replay quite a few times I do think that Alonzo could have just pushed Garoppolo down, rather than “riding” him down to the turf.
    Just my opinion.

  25. Random thoughts……

    Yay, the Fins got beat by a platoon of backup QBs. 6 win season or bust, baby!

    A few posts asking to see NFL-flunkout Tebow on their TV screens again because he is ohhh so cute and it is their private guilty pleasure to watch him run around in tight pants. Maybe you guys can stream single-A Mets games?

    Pats could start Belichick’s wife at QB and they’d still win the sorry AFC East.

  26. lscottman3 says:
    Sep 19, 2016 9:43 AM

    trailerparkking says:

    Why does everything with this organization have to be so dramatic?
    It’s like they are high school drama queens.

    ————————————————————

    this from a Steeler fan?

    now that is too funny


    No kidding. A fan of a team whose QB gets carted off for a shoulder injury is actually calling another team drama queens. Lolololololololol

  27. patriots123456 says:
    Sep 19, 2016 9:35 AM

    Why don’t they try to get Hoyer or Cassell, both know the system, and played in it for years.

    I like the new kid, but he has not had enough experience.

    —-
    Well here’s a chance to get him experience..yes?

  28. annes22 says:
    Sep 19, 2016 10:19 AM
    Who cares who plays Thursday? No one outside the Patriot organization cares.

    But yet YOU comment.

    If no one “outside the Patriots organization cares”

    Why click on the article and take time to comment?

  29. Defenders know exactly what they’re doing when they make that hit. Yes, it is part of the game, but you can see it in the replay, he took him high and then moved his arms to drop his whole body weight onto him. Like immafubared said, this happens far too often.

  30. harrisonhits2 says:
    Sep 19, 2016 10:10 AM
    I think about half the trolls gnawed some of their extremities off yesterday as the Pats were winning. Quite a few less of the usual ones around today.

    Yeah , funny how all the trolls suddenly disappear

  31. trailerparkking says:

    Why does everything with this organization have to be so dramatic?
    It’s like they are high school drama queens.

    ____________________________

    I think you are the drama queen, Trailerparktrash. You follow the Patriots articles like a junior high girl jilted by her boyfriend. If you spent the same amount of time supporting your team as you do stalking the Patriots, you might feel better about yourself.

  32. I’ll admit that I had some impure thoughts during the game that maybe the Pats should let Brady go this off season and keep Jimmy.

    —-
    The GOAT and 3 time Super Bowl MVP will move on once the GOAT and 3 time Super Bowl MVP is ready to move on. 🙂

  33. Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeere’s Johnny! Football. Let’s see the Hoodie win with JM then toss him right back on the scrapheap. It would make heads explode …. which is nice.

  34. Why would you get Hoyer or Cassell and give up picks for a one week rental as a backup?

    And before we get carried away with Jimmy G there was another Pats QB who had an even better start to his career, Scott Zolak. How did that work out?

  35. Does it really matter who the Patriots get for a backup-to-the-backup-to-the-backup QB? They won with JG, they won with Brissette, and they will likely win again on Thursday. I’m sure BB already had someone lined up for this eventuality. Love the comment about trolls gnawing their arms off in frustration. This is like a Hollywood movie.

  36. Let’s be real, Brady has never taken the hits Ben has and the only time he did Kraft went crying to change the rules in order to protect him. Brady wouldn’t have lasted 5 years playing against Geno Atkins and T Sizzle twice a year. Maybe Ben does get hurt more often but nobody would ever call him soft like nfl players do whenever talking about Brady.

  37. How come the Jets , Bills , and Fins don’t ask the league to take them out of the AFCE like the Colts did? Oh that’s right, they have balls.

  38. trailerparkking says:
    Sep 19, 2016 8:05 AM

    Why does everything with this organization have to be so dramatic?
    —————————–

    Aren’t you a fan of the Steelers, the team that has the biggest drama queen in the league at quarterback?

  39. bmacwillconn says:
    Sep 19, 2016 8:20 AM
    At this point it looks like Humpty Dumpty could play QB for them and they’d still win.

    ————-

    That has been the case since 2001. Anyone with a pulse can start at QB and we will have success. Great system, great coaching, and great ownership.

  40. annes22 says:
    Sep 19, 2016 10:19 AM
    Who cares who plays Thursday? No one outside the Patriot organization cares.
    ++++++++++++++++

    So you’re saying you’re a member of the Patriots organization? Because you obviously cared enough to comment.

  41. Aren’t you a fan of the Steelers, the team that has the biggest drama queen in the league at quarterback?
    ______

    No that would be Brady. Ben never screams in a high pitched little girl voice at his teammates, he treats them with respect like a true leader. Ben certainly doesn’t whine to the media whenever one of his guys gets hurt on a routine tackle. And Ben doesn’t cry to the refs if he misses a throw or gets hit. That’s all Brady

  42. Let’s be real, Brady has never taken the hits Ben has and the only time he did Kraft went crying to change the rules in order to protect him. Brady wouldn’t have lasted 5 years playing against Geno Atkins and T Sizzle twice a year. Maybe Ben does get hurt more often but nobody would ever call him soft like nfl players do whenever talking about Brady.

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    LOL. Ben got carted off for a freaking shoulder injury. Even Garoppolo is tougher than that.

    As for Brady, you mean NFL players who really did beat Brady to a pulp like Justin Tuck who called Brady the toughest QB he ever faced? Or Michael Bennett who said something similar? Them? Those guys? 🙂

  43. trailerparkking says:
    Sep 19, 2016 8:05 AM

    Garoppolo suffered a sprained AC joint and he was in “tremendous pain”

    Why does everything with this organization have to be so dramatic?
    **********************************
    Because a bunch of drama queens demand they be held to a higher standard (chargers use stickem, equipment fine. Jets videotape, get a warning).

    Why do people post on every article about a team complaining about how they get so much attention?

  44. I had the same injury when I played semipro ball, and likely less serious. I played half a season with it because I knew it was my last year, and obviously aggravated each week making tackles and hitting, etc, but after my last game in late October I took better care of it, and I was still feeling it in January. And I wasn’t a QB, so I didn’t have to throw a ball with zip on it, vs pro competition no less. He’ll get better treatment than I will, but all the pain for me occurred when I raised my arm over my head. Terrible injury for a QB to have, we won’t see Jimmy in uniform again til there’s snow on the ground. Tough break, kid was on fire.

  45. LOL. Ben got carted off for a freaking shoulder injury. Even Garoppolo is tougher than that.
    ______
    Ben came back in the game after xrays and played the following week. Jimmy couldn’t tough it like Ben did….I guess Jimmy isn’t very tough after all.

  46. Brady is so much tougher than Ben without a doubt.

    Brady doesn’t say a peep about his injuries or use them as an excuse. Both Giants Super Bowls he could have very easily done so and yet he didn’t. Not looking for sympathy for his injuries…that’s toughness.

    You’d never hear Brady embellish and lie about injuries and get called out for lying by his coach, unlike Ben. 🙂

  47. Remember last year when big bad Ben begged out of starting against Cleveland, after walking around on crutches all week? Then he came off the bench and threw for almost 400 yrds, because he was really healthy enough to play? Yeah, tough as nails. NOT.

  48. Ben certainly doesn’t whine to the media whenever one of his guys gets hurt on a routine tackle.


    Neither does Brady, but I know Ben whines to the media about non existent injuries when he loses an AFC Championship game.

    Brady = genuinely tough. Ben is a wussy disguised as a tough guy. Lol.

  49. trailerparkking says:
    Sep 19, 2016 11:34 AM

    Aren’t you a fan of the Steelers, the team that has the biggest drama queen in the league at quarterback?
    ______

    No that would be Brady.
    ————————

    Brady is a fan of the Steelers? That’s a new one.

  50. LOL. Ben got carted off for a freaking shoulder injury. Even Garoppolo is tougher than that.
    ________

    Ben returned to the game after carts and played the next week. I guess Jimmy wasn’t tough enough to gut it out lololololol

  51. trailerparkking says:
    Sep 19, 2016 11:11 AM

    Let’s be real, Brady has never taken the hits Ben has and the only time he did Kraft went crying to change the rules in order to protect him.
    ——————————-

    What rule did Kraft get changed? Oh, you must mean the Carson Palmer rule, which happened a couple of years before Brady got hurt.

    I don’t think Kraft had anything to do with that rule.

  52. You have to appreciate how friggin tough Brady is. He has taken hit after hit, after hit, after hit, for 16 years, and keeps getting back up every time. One fearless, tough s.o.b.

  53. LyinRogerMustGo says:
    Sep 19, 2016 11:34 AM
    …..
    LOL. Ben got carted off for a freaking shoulder injury…

    There is a lot to dislike about Roethlisberger the person, but he is a great football player, and he does have the good sense to admit that Tom Brady is the greatest QB in the world..

    Of course, what Ben really meant is that Tom Brady is the Greatest NFL Player of All-Time, and Ben is absolutely correct.

  54. LyinRogerMustGo says:
    Sep 19, 2016 10:44 AM
    I’ll admit that I had some impure thoughts during the game that maybe the Pats should let Brady go this off season and keep Jimmy.

    —-
    The GOAT and 3 time Super Bowl MVP will move on once the GOAT and 3 time Super Bowl MVP is ready to move on.🙂
    ———–
    The GOAT has already moved on, he just retired.. He beat Belichek and company in the AFC Championship one more time, and topped it with a Super Bowl victory.

  55. I noticed a couple of nice water coolers on the sidelines during the game….would be willing to work out a trade and benefit both parties.

    Sincerely,

    Virginia McCaskey

  56. trailerparkking says:
    Sep 19, 2016 11:34 AM
    Aren’t you a fan of the Steelers, the team that has the biggest drama queen in the league at quarterback?
    ______

    No that would be Brady. Ben never screams in a high pitched little girl voice at his teammates, he treats them with respect like a true leader. Ben certainly doesn’t whine to the media whenever one of his guys gets hurt on a routine tackle. And Ben doesn’t cry to the refs if he misses a throw or gets hit. That’s all Brady
    ————————————————————–
    Brady vs. Ben——-5 wins, 2 losses.
    Brady vs. Steelers—7 wins, 2 losses.
    I think it’s clear why trailor boy hates Brady. He’s a Steeler killer. Such a “soft” QB should never beat the big bad Steelers but Brady has consistently. Unless of course the soft one plays for the Steelers and the tough one plays for NE. Which the record seems to prove.

  57. Brady vs. Ben——-5 wins, 2 losses.
    Brady vs. Steelers—7 wins, 2 losses.
    I think it’s clear why trailor boy hates Brady. He’s a Steeler killer. Such a “soft” QB should never beat the big bad Steelers but Brady has consistently. Unless of course the soft one plays for the Steelers and the tough one plays for NE. Which the record seems to prove.
    **********************
    Shhhhhhh…… He’ll never come up from his mom’s basement if you upset him.

  58. trailerparkking says:
    Sep 19, 2016 11:52 AM

    Ben returned to the game after carts and played the next week. I guess Jimmy wasn’t tough enough to gut it out lololololol
    ———————————

    What is really means is the Big Ben is a pansy and wasn’t really hurt, but got carted off of the field anyway, for a shoulder non-injury.

  59. mrmcdougle says:
    Sep 19, 2016 11:57 AM

    LyinRogerMustGo says:
    Sep 19, 2016 10:44 AM
    I’ll admit that I had some impure thoughts during the game that maybe the Pats should let Brady go this off season and keep Jimmy.

    —-
    The GOAT and 3 time Super Bowl MVP will move on once the GOAT and 3 time Super Bowl MVP is ready to move on.🙂
    ———–
    The GOAT has already moved on, he just retired.. He beat Belichek and company in the AFC Championship one more time, and topped it with a Super Bowl victory.

    …..

    How can you give the GOAT to the king of the one and done playoff appearance? Manning was hot garbage last year. Von Miller and the Denver D won that Super Bowl.

  60. mmack66 says:
    Sep 19, 2016 11:54 AM
    trailerparkking says:
    Sep 19, 2016 11:11 AM

    Let’s be real, Brady has never taken the hits Ben has and the only time he did Kraft went crying to change the rules in order to protect him.
    ——————————-

    What rule did Kraft get changed? Oh, you must mean the Carson Palmer rule, which happened a couple of years before Brady got hurt.

    I don’t think Kraft had anything to do with that rule.

    This trailer guy is more consistently wrong than Blind Dino.

  61. trailerparkking says:
    Sep 19, 2016 11:34 AM
    Aren’t you a fan of the Steelers, the team that has the biggest drama queen in the league at quarterback?
    ______

    No that would be Brady. Ben never screams in a high pitched little girl voice =

    Now it becomes clear, you don’t like girls.

  62. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Sep 19, 2016 11:24 AM
    bmacwillconn says:
    Sep 19, 2016 8:20 AM
    At this point it looks like Humpty Dumpty could play QB for them and they’d still win.

    ————-

    That has been the case since 2001. Anyone with a pulse can start at QB and we will have success. Great system, great coaching, and great ownership.

    Well we’ll just see after Thursday, won’t we?

    Guess Montana was a “system” guy as well. SF won a SB after Joe Cool left. Starting to get how foolish that sounds?

  63. I must say that Jimmy looks pretty good and it’s a shame he got injured. I wanted to see if he could maintain the production. Hopefully it’s nothing that requires surgery.

  64. bmacwillconn says:
    Sep 19, 2016 8:20 AM

    At this point it looks like Humpty Dumpty could play QB for them and they’d still win.
    ————————-

    I doubt if they could get Big Ben away from the Steelers.

  65. trailerparkking says:
    Sep 19, 2016 11:11 AM
    Let’s be real, Brady has never taken the hits Ben has and the only time he did Kraft went crying to change the rules in order to protect him
    +++++++++

    What you do not know about football is exceeded only by your willingness to show it. It’s called the Carson Palmer rule. It was instituted in ’06, Brady’s knee injury happened in’08. Interesting that when called out over the drama question you switch gears to talk about toughness. Love the claim about NFL players calling Brady soft, the only one I can recall was Bart Scott who had an obvious ax to grind. Tuck and Strahan couldn’t believe Brady kept getting up with the beating they laid on him and talked about it quite a bit.
    What team do you really root for? Any real Steelers fan would know better than to trot out those comments.

  66. Brady is the toughest QB in the league. He’s been taking hits for almost 16 years. He’s not big or as strong as Big Ben. He is always the prize target of all teams yet he only missed work when he got that one nasty hit. Those losers who parrot that Brady is soft, try taking the hits he absorbs for one hour. You losers will be flatter than pancake. Brady also court more hits when he jumps into the horde for extra gain. You only think he’s soft because he’s handsome and he’s mild when not in the field. His looks can be deceiving as opposing defenses know and they know more than you, haters. They respect his toughness. Look at JimmyG, he already is missing work and he’s so young. Face it haters, Brady is a beast.

  67. All I read about from Donkeys fans is how many times the Donkeys hit Brady last year. I sure didn’t see any crying or whining out of Brady. He just kept getting back up and got the Patriots in a position to try and win both games.

    Meanwhile, Humpty Ben takes one hit from Burfict, and it was like it was the end of the world.

  68. As a Texan fan I am torn about this issue. On one hand I like that our odds of winning a prime time nationally televised game go up if brady/garoppolo are out. On the other hand I want to see what our team can do against an upper level team. Hmm…

    These types of philosophical debates are only fun/possible because the rest of our division is straight trash…

    Home field advantage in the Super Bowl sure will be nice this year.

    ________________________________

    Pump the brakes, son. You are halfway to the quarter pole, don’t get all up in the clouds about the SuperBowl when you haven’t even made it out of the wildcard round yet.

  69. I’m certain any HOF caliber QB in the Patriots system would win at least the same number of SB trophies that Brady has so far. Are they all GOAT?

  70. mmack66 says:
    Sep 19, 2016 1:04 PM
    All I read about from Donkeys fans is how many times the Donkeys hit Brady last year. I sure didn’t see any crying or whining out of Brady. He just kept getting back up and got the Patriots in a position to try and win both games.

    Meanwhile, Humpty Ben takes one hit from Burfict, and it was like it was the end of the world.

    ————–
    Brady did take a pounding and he kept popping right back up. Contrast that to Cam who would not even try and recover his own fumble and ended the game in the fetal position.

  71. I’m excited to see Brissett run the offense this Thursday….
    I believe the coaching staff has a lot of confidence in the young man & will have him well prepared to lead the team…. He’s a BIG BOY & was drafted in the 3rd round based on what the Pats scouts saw in his abilities as well as recommended by both Bill Parcells & Charlie Weiss observations…. Sure, we all expected to be able to watch Jacoby develop a bit longer but it is what it is….
    There’s a lot of talent around him & from all I’ve seen & read about him, his teammates seem to think rather highly of him…
    So many People have the Pats crap for drafting him/or even a QB in round 3 this year for that matter…. Looks like BB might know what he’s doing as GM…discuss…

  72. When did it become uncool to dislike the Patriots again? Every pro-Patriots comment gets 50x more upvotes it seems. Has the whole nation gone bandwagon? There’s nothing honorable about this team! C’mon!

  73. My quarterback is tougher!

    No, MY quarterback is tougher!

    You sound like children.

    They are both tougher than any of you professional “profootballtalk commentators”

  74. Mo Pro Babble says:
    Sep 19, 2016 12:28 PM

    Well we’ll just see after Thursday, won’t we?

    —————–

    Are you hoping we lose Thursday just to shut up people who recognize and appreciate the Patriots system? Some fan you are. Hate to break it you, but a loss on Thursday doesn’t change anything. We have lost games before with Brady playing.

  75. I don’t see one thing to worry about as a Patriots fan. We hoped for 2-2 while Brady was out and now that is worst case.

    I feel bad for Jimmy G, as he was playing great, but he will be back in game shape soon enough and likely backing up Brady, which is needed.

    If Brissett can win one of these two the Patriots are golden.

  76. System this… System that…

    I’m so tired of inane sports announcers and the sour grape fans of losing teams claiming “The Patriots System” is what beat their crappy teams, not the great player(s) or the great head coach,

    A “System” is what used to be known as “The Team,” maybe with a “Good Game Plan” thrown in by the Great Team Coaches.

    No player in history, from any playing position achieves star status without being surrounded by a Great Team.

  77. So thus far the outcome of Goodell’s attempt to fix games in the NFL by fraudulently suspending Brady is this:

    1. The Pats #2 backup looks like he may be the Pats franchise QB for the next 15 years

    2. Or at the very least, given the fact that Garoppolo should be healthy in a few weeks, and the lack of QBs in the NFL, he might fetch them a #1 pick higher than #30 taken away this year

    3. Who knows – Brissett might himself wind up getting a few more win and himself become someone worth a #1 pick as well

    4. And of course, the Patriots will get a rested Brady back, who after playing just 12 games in the regular season may find that his 39 year old body is in better condition for the playoffs than it would otherwise be – improving their chances for a 5th Super Bowl ring for the thumb

    Hmm – beginning to look like this whole “Bogus Benching of Brady” to help other AFC team owners get to the Super Bowl” strategy is backfiring thus far!

  78. darthobama says:
    Sep 19, 2016 8:49 AM
    As a Texan fan I am torn about this issue. On one hand I like that our odds of winning a prime time nationally televised game go up if brady/garoppolo are out. On the other hand I want to see what our team can do against an upper level team. Hmm…

    These types of philosophical debates are only fun/possible because the rest of our division is straight trash…

    Home field advantage in the Super Bowl sure will be nice this year.

    ————-

    As a Texans fan you really believe that? You must be the only one.

  79. back2ebayy says:
    Sep 19, 2016 1:28 PM
    When did it become uncool to dislike the Patriots again? Every pro-Patriots comment gets 50x more upvotes it seems. Has the whole nation gone bandwagon? There’s nothing honorable about this team! C’mon!
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    People are waking up and appreciating excellence. Along with the knowledge that the Patriots have been unjustifiably maligned by league for their sustained and unrelenting dominance, framed by bogus cheating allegations.

  80. Calm down everyone. The Pats will be fine. As time as shown, it doesn’t matter who the QB is. It is the system. The amazing system there. In two weeks they will have the greatest game manager of all time back and it will go on. For the next two weeks, it doesn’t matter. Ask Cassel if it was the system.

    The bigger question is what are they going to do at the end of the year? I mean, a lot of teams would like to have a good QB. Do people think they will be fooled again and pay top dollar for Garoppolo like they did for Cassel? I think BB will trade him for another first rounder because he knows it does’t matter who they have back there. That is what makes him such a genius.

  81. back2ebayy says:
    Sep 19, 2016 1:28 PM
    “When did it become uncool to dislike the Patriots again? Every pro-Patriots comment gets 50x more upvotes it seems. Has the whole nation gone bandwagon? There’s nothing honorable about this team! C’mon!

    Actually, it was always uncool to support the unsubstantiated witch hunt put on by the league over the past 2 years. There were just a lot of uncool people around here trying to feel better about their crummy teams.

  82. The Texans will be bringing the Denver game plan from last year for Osweiller. The Patriots don’t have the personnel they had on the field for that game last year. But they are at home, and they do adapt well, so I expect they will be competitive down to the wire.

  83. This just in…….

    The Patriots are 2.5 point Underdogs at home Thursday night.

    And the Texans are bringing their Lettermen Jackets, and their owner Bob McNair is still making dumb comments about Brady’s cell phone, and how if he just gave the league his cell phone, he would not have upset Roger Goodell, and he would not have been suspended. So, in effect, the standard for suspension is not upsetting Roger Goodell, even in the face of the absurd and fraudulent direction the NFL “investigation” went. He’s just another rich, naive owner who thinks the league is acting in his best interest, like most of them, and like Kraft used to be.

    Nothing would please me more than to see the Patriots hang another convincing loss on these guys, with a rookie 3rd string QB, and hear what they have to say.

  84. lanman11 says:
    Sep 19, 2016 2:24 PM

    The Texans will be bringing the Denver game plan from last year for Osweiller. The Patriots don’t have the personnel they had on the field for that game last year. But they are at home, and they do adapt well, so I expect they will be competitive down to the wire.
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    Are they bringing a snowstorm and Von Miller?

  85. danfromindy says:
    Sep 19, 2016 2:16 PM

    The bigger question is what are they going to do at the end of the year? I mean, a lot of teams would like to have a good QB. Do people think they will be fooled again and pay top dollar for Garoppolo like they did for Cassel? I think BB will trade him for another first rounder because he knows it does’t matter who they have back there. That is what makes him such a genius.
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    He’ll probably keep Garoppolo, since he is going to need a QB when Brady retires, which will be sooner rather than later.

  86. lanman11 says:
    Sep 19, 2016 2:24 PM
    The Texans will be bringing the Denver game plan from last year for Osweiller. The Patriots don’t have the personnel they had on the field for that game last year. But they are at home, and they do adapt well, so I expect they will be competitive down to the wire.

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    Probably the most non-sensical comment I’ve seen today.

    Great job, keep up the good work.

  87. davedsone says:
    Sep 19, 2016 1:05 PM

    As a Texan fan I am torn about this issue. On one hand I like that our odds of winning a prime time nationally televised game go up if brady/garoppolo are out. On the other hand I want to see what our team can do against an upper level team. Hmm…

    These types of philosophical debates are only fun/possible because the rest of our division is straight trash…

    Home field advantage in the Super Bowl sure will be nice this year.

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    Pump the brakes, son. You are halfway to the quarter pole, don’t get all up in the clouds about the SuperBowl when you haven’t even made it out of the wildcard round yet.

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    He’s obviously new to following football since he thinks that a team can earn home field advantage for the superbowl.

  88. It’s a shame that half the people on the planet have to be below average intelligence. If that wasn’t the case then there would be more people that understood that the PSI in footballs lowers naturally when a football is taken from where it is warm to where it is cold.

    There are videos showing it happening that can be found online but those on the left side of the Bell Curve would not know how to search for them.

    Even if I give them a title that can be searched for:
    “Deflate Gate & Why Science Says the Patriots Did Not Tamper With Footballs “

  89. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Sep 19, 2016 1:35 PM

    Mo Pro Babble says:
    Sep 19, 2016 12:28 PM

    Well we’ll just see after Thursday, won’t we?

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    Are you hoping we lose Thursday just to shut up people who recognize and appreciate the Patriots system? Some fan you are. Hate to break it you, but a loss on Thursday doesn’t change anything. We have lost games before with Brady playing.

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    Hey dolphin fan. Why are you obsessed with hating Brady. Did you think you had a shot at
    Gisele Bündchen before Tom Married her?

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