Jimmy Garoppolo’s training wheels are coming off faster than Tom Brady’s did in 2001, the star quarterback’s former offensive coordinator says.
A guest on Albert Breer’s new MMQB podcast, Charlie Weis, who coached in New England from 2000–04, says the Patriots gave Garoppolo more responsibility in his first game than they gave Brady in his.
“They did a hell of a lot more with Jimmy in that game [Sunday] than we thought about doing with [Tom Brady] in his first game starting,” Weis said. He explained that Brady didn’t have the luxury of getting acclimated to the starting role in training camp.
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Garoppolo, a 24-year-old in his third season out of Eastern Illinois, completed 24 of 33 passes for 264 yards and a touchdown in his first career start, a win over the Cardinals.
– Kenny Ducey