22 September, 2016, 05:52 | Author: Abraham Jackson
Jimmy Garoppolo has a special keepsake from his first start in an National Football League regular-season game. Crummy things happen to good players and I'll be looking forward to seeing him in a month.
While Fleming lost his share of battles, he did not allow a sack and had a decent night blocking in the run game, which has always been his strength. The game see-sawed back and forth after that first quarter, and Arizona even took the lead midway through the fourth quarter on a one-yard TD pass from Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer to wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald to go up 21-20.
Garoppolo threw for 264 yards and a touchdown but it was a missed 47-yard field goal with 41 seconds remaining from Arizona's Chandler Catanzaro that enabled the Patriots to hold on for victory.
Tom Brady has often been hailed as a quarterback who is his own best offensive lineman, constantly sensing pressure in the pocket and when to get rid of it. Garoppolo showed that Sunday night in his own style. I'm not going to tell him anything on game day.
Unless the unthinkable happens, when Jimmy G's contract runs out at the end of next year, the Patriots will have a slight decision to make. "If you don't get nervous, it doesn't mean that much to you". "They outplayed us and we will learn from it and grow from it and continue.There's a long way to go and regroup and see if we can win the next one". Still, Garoppolo didn't seem to mind the jump to meaningful action.
"We got to regroup", he said. But we started in such long field positions from poor special teams, kickoff return was terrible and we were behind the 20 most of the time. "It really is", Garoppolo said.
Praise for Dante: Patriots head coach Bill Belichick praised Dante Scarnecchia, who upon his return as offensive line coach managed to survive with a starting five that consisted of three rookies (center David Andrews and guards Joe Thuney and Ted Karras) and two veterans who wouldn't normally get the nod (tackles Cameron Fleming and MarcusCannon).
"It's a tough environment to play in", Brady said.
"I would buy Jimmy G gear absolutely".
With Jimmy Garoppolo stepping in for the suspended Tom Brady, the Pats offense was extremely functional, on the road, against a team that many have picked to represent the NFC in Super Bowl LI. And that needs to improve.
Belichick was asked about his feelings vs. what would likely be written about his team and his young passer.
This was pretty much a mess all night long.
Perhaps when his coaching career is over, Belichick will drop his contempt for the media and offer some real insight into how he does it. The team that beat them? "I think I was just interested in how we were doing, what I was seeing, how the adjustments were made".
And he was critical of Justin Bethel, a three-time Pro Bowl selection on special teams who is trying to play despite a sore foot that has not recovered fully from surgery. I wore my Patriots shirt to the game. "But, I can't wait to read it tomorrow".
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