a blog by La Kifo
Jimmy Garoppolo went down in the second quarter of the Patriots game against the Miami Dolphins yesterday in Foxborough, but it didn't matter as the Patriots held on to an early game lead to defeat the traveling Dolphins 31-24.
I don't have much to say today. Yesterday was a grit victory and its kept us faithful chanting, 'next man up'. In reality, I can't imagine a single one of those people waking up today happy about what happened just 24 hours earlier. We won, but we lost what some think may be the golden ticket out of the Brady era.
Combining both of Garoppolos starts, you'd be crazy to doubt the mans talents. You also might drive yourself crazy thinking what Belichick will do once either the season, or Jimmys contract, ends. Yesterday made a case for essentially the only two real possibilities. The two most obvious/likely, trade Jimmy or trade Brady. I'm not saying I have a decision when it comes to that inevitability but, that a wrench has been thrown into that gear.
Reports state, Garoppolo has suffered a AC joint sprain in his right shoulder. From the recovery timeline we were given, 1-2 weeks, it looks like the Italian Stallion has a mild or grade AC joint sprain. I did some highly lazy and in-extensive research into AC joint injuries. What I got back is doubt that Garoppolo will able to throw, or properly handle a ball before Tom Brady rides his pimp mobile back into Patriots Place.
I don't really want to explain what an AC joint is but here's a quick synopsis, AC joint is the ligament that connects your collarbone/clavicle to your shoulder blade. When you sprain that ligament, depending on the severity, it can be completely torn and separated from the shoulder blade or partially torn and somewhat still in place. What this separation does the rest of the shoulder is mainly weaken the rotator cuff muscle. If any of y'all know anything about anatomy, you know that the rotator cuff is the muscle that essentially allows you to lift your arm up over your head, among other things. The rotator cuff is basically the muscle that lifts the football over your shoulder and throws it.
I don't doubt that if Bill decides to trade Garoppolo, he could get a substantial return. What I do doubt, is the notion that the Patriots will receive a kings ransom for the mustang of twenty year old athletes. Yet, that is where the problem lies. I want to crown this man the prince of New England due to his incredible performance in Arizona, and his first half performance in Gillete. I think I talked about it after last weeks game, what made Jimmy so good (in those games) was also what got him in the trainers room before the second quarter could even end.
Props to anyone who noticed this, besides myself (just had to give myself some credit there). He rolls out and as he's rolling, he throws the ball off one foot, unbalanced with his momentum, obviously, moving towards the direction he was rolling to. He did the same thing on the game winning drive in Arizona on the first 3rd down conversion to Amendola. He moved up, and out to the left of the pocket, doesn't set his feet as he uncorks one to Amendola for the first down. Jimmy did it twice, earlier in the Dolphins game. On the first touchdown to Dany Amendola against the Dolphins Sunday, Garoppolo stepped up into some pressure and as he was moving up in the pocket, off one foot he throws a dart to Amendola who walks into the endzone. Later in the game, the third touchdown pass from Jimmy, he sensed pressure coming from the left side so he rolled out right, off balance and on one foot throws a dime pass to Amendola for a touchdown.
Jimmys best attribute is his athleticism. He make a throw from almost anywhere, in almost any position. But, as I said, it came to his detriment. In the pocket, there was pressure, so he avoids the rush, rolls out right then off balance and on one foot makes a 13 yard dime pass to Malcolm Mitchell on 3rd and 9. The problem was this time, Jimmy was being chased and as soon as he released the football moving to his right, the linebacker, Kiko Alonso, was wrapping him up and taking him to the ground.
The question is what happens now? Do we sign some scrub for a week or two then cut him once Brady is back? That would seem to make sense. A lot more sense than preparing a non-QB to serve as the back up to rookie Jacoby Brisset.
Another question I hope people will forget about is what about Jacoby Brisset, didn't you compare him to a piece of poop? Yes, yes I did. I don't want to make excuses but from what I saw on his college tape, it didn't look as good as the last shit I took. I'm ready to revoke my thoughts on the former NC State QB, he looked good against the backups backups in the preseason and he played serviceably, once Jimmy went down in the second quarter. All I need is a good performance on Twitter in Gillete against the Texans, if that happens I'll eat the shit I wrote about the guy but for now we have to wait and see.
Some other quick notes, Justin Coleman has been looking very Katy Perry this season. I don't know what's happening, but I know that kid has talent, he needs to step up. The perfect play to describe his game throughout the preseason and these first two games was in the second quarter. Amendola had just fumbled, Jarvis Landry caught a ball around the left boundary. He made a cut that juked the fuck out of Coleman and he fell to the turf. Landry, after the juke was surrounded by New England defenders and was soon to be wrapped up and taken down. Coleman almost out of frame, gets up from the turf hustles over to the pile forming around Landry, sticks his paw in the grip of Landry on the ball and rips the ball out. The Patriots recover and is was as if they had never turned the ball over in the first place.
Chris Long has continued to impress. He plays like he's been a Patriot his entire career, hustling everywhere, doing multiple things along the line. Long will be an important contributor as the weeks pass. McCourty almost had two interceptions, he should have at least hauled one of the two in since they both happened to hit him in the hands. To be fair, in both instances he was diving to the turf as the ball hit his hands. Hightower needs to get back to the starting lineup as soon as possible. There was a massive dip in production from replacing Hightower with Shea McClennin. Even without Gronk or Dion Lewis, the Patriots have one of the best receiving cores in the league. James White is almost a carbon copy of Dion Lewis with his ability to catch the ball. I can't fucking wait till the Patriots get some of those pieces back into action. If you guys can't stop us now with Brisset, how the fuck are you going to stop us when we are whole again?
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