The 2016 Patriots quarterback room is thriving

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In 2016, the Patriots had three quarterbacks on the depth chart. In 2019, all three are starting quarterbacks in the NFL.

And they’re doing well, with a combined record of 21-2.

On Friday, Tom Brady said that he and 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett still communicate.

“Yeah, definitely,” Brady said. “Definitely kept in touch. Those guys are doing a great job, so it’s been fun to watch them. I always keep in touch with all the guys that I’ve played with. So Matt Cassel’s doing media around here now. That’s pretty interesting, yeah. But obviously, Brian Hoyer and Jacoby are together, and Jimmy. So, we’ve had some great groups and those guys are doing a great job. So, [I’m] happy for them.”

He may not be happy for them if/when the Patriots come across the Colts in the playoffs, or if/when Brady faces the team he rooted for as a youth in the Super Bowl, with Garoppolo at the helm.

The one year they were together in New England coincided with the #Deflategate suspension. Garoppolo started the first two games of Brady’s four-game suspension, before suffering an injury. Brissett then finished things out until Brady returned.

Statistically this season, Brady has the most passing yards of the bunch, with 2,251 (fifth in the league). Garoppolo has 1,806 (18th) and Brissett has 1,590 (22nd). But Garoppolo has the highest passer rating of the trio, at 100.6. Brisset’s number is 99.3. Brady’s passer rating is 95.0.

Brissett has 14 touchdown passes and three interceptions. Brady has 13 and four. Garoppolo, after throwing four touchdown passes on Thursday night, has nine and seven.

25 responses to “The 2016 Patriots quarterback room is thriving

  1. What Belichick doesn’t do is double down on bad draft choices. That’s the difference between New England and dysfunctional organizations, they treat past actions as sunk costs.

  2. Remember all the posters that said the 49ers were crazy for paying Jimmy G and it would blow up in their face? Guess they disappeared.SF is winning mainly on D, but JG hasn’t come close to reaching his ceiling yet. He’ll be a top 5 QB someday soon

  3. When Luck retired, my reaction was “I dont get the big deal here, it isn’t going to sink Indy. They are an 11-5 team with Luck and a 10-6 team with Brissett”. Halfway through the season, and that’s how it’s playing out

  4. This is the big conumdrum for the salty mountain of hate: They know Belichick’s the worst GM at both trading AND drafting, so how come he’s also the most successful ever? Can’t be down to Brady as he’s just a 2yd-Tom, Belichick-system QB who cliffed years ago. Maybe that’s why deflategate evidence was totally made-up – a show trial to totally disguise the fact that Park Ave is secretly run by the Pats! It all makes sense now. But maybe, just maybe, if we all come here to these threads and cry long enough about it, someone will sort it all out.

  5. Garoppolo as the 49ers QB and Brissett as Colts QB, both saying the same thing:

    “You mean, it’s actually possible to win without cheating?”

  6. thecape15 says:
    November 2, 2019 at 9:58 am

    QB rating skewed by throw aways, no doubt.
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    I agree. The numbers don’t consider that some passes aren’t meant to be caught. I also don’t like that a QB takes the hit for a pick when his pass bounces of the receivers chest or through his hands.

  7. That 2016 team may have been the best ever in New England. What a ride that season was. One loss with Brisset as their third string rookie starter in week 4, and one loss where they were a foot away from tying the game at the end. That team was loaded and ran the table after Gronk went on IR, including the epic super bowl comeback.

  8. All these QBs were coached by the best and that includes, Jimmy and Jacoby getting taught by Brady.The Patriots basically supply the NFL with top flight Players and coaches on a regular basis because 75% of the NFL teams are incapable of doing it on their own.

  9. BB spent EVERY day with JimmyG. This is not a surprise. When BB worked wth Brady 1:1 in an emergency role, or when Brady went down with Cassel.

    The proof is in the pudding. When you have the greatest GM and COach ever in a room with you everyday, bringing you alone, setting that foundation, as long as the coordinator stays the same with the QB, weapons are good, OL is good, etc, success can be had.

    Brissett lacks the accuracy JimmyG has. Jimmy is clearly better, but Brissett is serviceable.

    BB did not work daily with Brissett.

    Stidham can still grow and has time, but I would not be shocked at all if Stidham is getitnig the BB treatment, daily, a la Brady in 2001, Cassel in ’08 and Garoppolo from 2014-2016.

    JImmyG was absolutely drafted to replace Brady in case Giselle got further into Brady’s ear. Same deal with Stidham now.

    Thanks BB. Thanks for everything.

  10. Robert Paulson says:
    November 2, 2019 at 9:46 am
    But I thought Belichick couldn’t draft?
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    Belichick also drafted these QBs:

    2002 Rohan Davey
    2003 Kliff Kingsbury
    2005 Matt Cassell
    2008 Kevin O’Connell
    2010 Zac Robinson
    2011 Ryan Mallett
    2018 Danny Etling
    2019 Jarrett Stidham

  11. I remember back when Bill Parcells was pushing Jacoby Brissett to all his former coaches.
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    any insight parcells ever had he got from belichick. when he asks himself every morning if it should be stewed prunes or oatmeal, he wonders what big bill would do.

  12. ibillwt says:
    November 2, 2019 at 12:15 pm

    I remember back when Bill Parcells was pushing Jacoby Brissett to all his former coaches.
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    any insight parcells ever had he got from belichick. when he asks himself every morning if it should be stewed prunes or oatmeal, he wonders what big bill would do.
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    You’ve obviously never heard what Parcells ex players like Lawrence Taylor, Curtis Martin etc say about Parcells. There is a reason why they are called “Parcells guys”.

    Then there is Parcells disciple Tom Coughlin who holds a 2-0 record vs Belichick in Super Bowls and a 5-2 record overall vs Belichick. And fyi “Big Bill” is Parcells, “Little Bill” is Belichick.

    Taking nothing away from Belichick here who is the best coach in NFL history for my money. But to credit Belichick for everything Parcells is just wrong.

  13. Garoppolo, after throwing four touchdown passes on Thursday night, has nine and seven.

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    Before Thursday night he had 9 tds to 7 ints so after that 4 td performance he has 13 tds 7 ints.

  14. Maybe it’s the QB coach! Who is that anyway? Maybe it’s just watching Brady in practice? Whatever, it’s working.

  15. > Garoppolo, after throwing four touchdown passes on Thursday night, has nine and seven.

    No, Garoppolo was nine and seven BEFORE Thursday’s game, not after.

    His TDs and INTs are 13 and 7 now.

  16. TheCakeIsALie says:
    November 2, 2019 at 11:48 am
    But “It’s the system.” Right, haters?

    ————

    It’s actually the rule changes. It’s easy for average QBs to put up great numbers.

  17. the 49ers haven’t really faced a legit contender wait till they face seattle than ill believe the 49ers are legit till than not believing in this team. Go Wilson. Go Hawks 12th Man coming for you.

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