July 27, 2016 - Aaron Wilson
Belichick getting Jimmy Garoppolo ready to start during Brady suspension
The New England Patriots are getting backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo ready to start while quarterback Tom Brady serves his four-game Deflategate suspension. "We had, finally, some definition with Tom's situation, so our priority now is to get Jimmy ready for the start of the season, for the Arizona game [Sept. 11]. That will be, obviously, a comprehensive process," Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Wednesday. "Tom will return as the starting quarterback when he comes back, but in the meantime, we have to prioritize the first part of our schedule, and that will be to get Jimmy ready to go." Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels weighed in. "This is really the time of the year where we really try to provide everyone with their foundation for the whole year, so our philosophy really is going to remain unchanged for a while here, in terms of repetitions," he said. "We usually split them up pretty evenly. We don't really put anybody in first and second groups, or third groups, at this point. "What we really try to focus on is getting everybody opportunities to work on their fundamentals and techniques, and to work with the different players on our team because we don't know right now who's going to be doing what six, seven weeks from now."