When Bill Belichick proclaimed that the New England Patriots enjoyed the best quarterback situation in football the past few years, he wasn’t lying. In fact, it might have been an understatement.
Tom Brady remained entrenched as the starter and was coming off the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history. Behind him was Jimmy Garoppolo—a former second-round pick out of Eastern Illinois who many believed was not only the best backup in the league but also the perfect successor to The GOAT. Throw in 2016 third-rounder Jacoby Brissett — it was easy to see why every other franchise would envy New England’s quarterback depth chart.
Oh how times have changed.
Between Brady’s continued dominance and Garoppolo’s impending free agency, Belichick shipped the coveted young signal-caller to San Francisco for a second-round pick despite refusing to take calls throughout the offseason. Oh, and that fateful transaction came about two months after the Patriots sent Brissett to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for former first-round pick Phillip Dorsett.
Entering the offseason, the Patriots’ quarterback depth chart consists of two names: Brady and Brian Hoyer. While Hoyer is a respectable backup with plenty of experience in Josh McDaniels’ system, he has proven to be nothing more than a solid No. 2.
While Brady might be winning the battle of Tom vs. Time, the war will ultimately be lost one day. The reigning NFL MVP will be 41 in August, having battled several injuries throughout the past season.
All of that leads to one major question: How can the Patriots find their next Jimmy G?
Unearthing a successor to the best quarterback in NFL history is a task far easier said than done, especially considering how the draft can be a complete lottery. After all, finding a franchise quarterback is one of the most difficult jobs in sports, which partially explains why Garoppolo himself got a five-year, $137.5 million contract after starting just five games for the 49ers.
How can Patriots find the next Jimmy Garoppolo?
Fanrag Sports | Feb 14