Suspended Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was pleased with the job his replacement, Jimmy Garoppolo, did in the team's win over the Cardinals on Sunday night.
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.
“It was a great night for him and for our whole offense,” he said during his weekly Monday Night Football interview on Westwood One, as transcribed by ESPN. “I think one thing you realize as the quarterback is everyone being in sync and on the same page and the communication with your teammates is so critical. For us to go in there and get a win like that, it was great for, obviously, our offensive football team. The defense played great, special teams. It's such a team sport. Jimmy did everything he was asked to. It was a great way to start the season for our team.”
Brady also said in the interview that he watched NFL’s Red Zone channel all day, enjoying the chance to see every afternoon game around the league.
The veteran is eligible to return from suspension in Week 5 against the Browns.
– Kenny Ducey