31 NFL teams celebrated yesterday when Tom Brady’s appeal against his four-game suspension was rejected by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
The New England Patriots are still an excellent football team with Jimmy Garoppolo under centre but they’re not as imposing.
The Eastern Illinois produced has attempted just 31 regular season passes since being drafted in the second round in 2014. It’s a no-brainer that teams would prefer to face Garoppolo than Brady.
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But how do the defensive tackles - those who have the opportunity to take down the three-time Super Bowl MVP - feel about Brady’s suspension?
Well, two are split. While Arizona Cardinals star Calais Campbell is licking his chops at facing an inexperienced quarterback, Buffalo Bills’ Marcell Dareus is really disappointed.
It’s funny how some players are excited about playing the league’s best players while others delight in the idea of bruising presumably weaker ones.
Campbell, a two-time Pro Bowler, told CBS Sports Radio, per NFL.com: “Licking my chops. You get a rookie quarterback, pretty much. You know it's always exciting when you get a guy like that for his first game because he's going to be nervous.
“He's probably going to be sitting there holding the ball a little longer or trying to get rid of it quick, throwing bad balls. As a vet, we definitely pride ourselves on welcoming (inexperienced quarterbacks) the right way."
Bills in Week 4
The Cardinals take on New England in the first Sunday Night Football game of the season, while Bill Belichick’s team take on AFC East rivals Buffalo in Week 4.
Dareus’ view completely contrasted Campbell’s.
"I hate that Brady's not going to be there," Dareus told NFL Network, per ESPN. "When he come back ... it's on.
"For him not to be out there just kind of tears me up a little bit, but the second time I see him, like, we going to be excited to play against him. That's the win we want."