We all know that New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is one of the best head coaches ever to grace the NFL. Some may even call him the greatest of all time.
He certainly knows what he is doing, as he has won six Super Bowls in his career, four of them as a head coach, with plenty more years left in the tank to add to that collection. There have even been calls to rename the Vince Lombardi trophy after him after he decides to retire.
So when he makes a statement about a player, you know he is pretty accurate. In a press conference on Friday, Belichick made a shocking comparison of his backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. He compared him to Tom Brady.
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According to Mike Petraglia of WEEI.com, the Patriots head coach said: "If you could block out [player number], don't know if you could tell difference [from Brady]."
Quite a strong comparison considering one has only made two starts in his NFL career and the other is a four-time Super Bowl winner and a future Hall of Famer. Those two starts only came in 2016 as well.
The motive behind this? Probably because Garoppolo is out of contract with the team by the end of the 2017 season and they're looking to peak some trade interest in him now before they lose him for nothing in a year's time.
Yet, the bigger question needs to be asked. If Belichick is so confident in the 25-year-old's abilities, why still have Brady. He later explained according to NESN.
“But for the quarterback to have that kind of consistency with the snap count, the cadence, the way that his voice or mannerisms or reminders are in the huddle. The little things like that is — the whole timing and everything on the line of scrimmage and running the plays in practice. That is a huge carryover to the games.
"Again, Tom’s consistency to do that, again not only for himself but for the rest of the team and the ability for the rest of team to have been able to count on that is very important.”
Belichick isn't quite ready to hand over the keys to the Patriots offense to another quarterback just yet.