Mar 25, 2014; Orlando, FL, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick speaks to reporters at the NFL Annual Meetings. Mandatory Credit: Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports

Bill Belichick On Drafting Jimmy Garoppolo: 'Better Early Than Late At That Position'

Dec 13, 2013; Charleston, IL, USA; Eastern Illinois Panthers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) throws the ball during the fourth quarter against the Towson Tigers at O

Last night Bill Belichick held a press conference where he talked about the Pats only draft choice yesterday, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. (Quotes once again from the terrific Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald)

On why he went with a quarterback:

“The situation we have at quarterback, I think that we felt as an organization that we needed to address that to some degree in the future, so we’ll see how all that works out,” Belichick said during his opening statement. “I think we’re better off being early than being late at that position.”

On Tom Brady, and Ryan Mallett’s contract situation:

“We know what Ryan’s contract situation is,” Belichick responded. “We know what Tom’s age and contract situation is. I don’t think you want to have one quarterback on your team. I don’t think that’s responsible to the entire team or the organization.”

The main takeaway I have from Belichick’s comments, is the pick of Garoppolo was a combination of Brady and Mallett’s contract situations, and the value they were presented with at pick 93. Garoppolo is a good quarterback, and Belichick wasn’t going to pass up him up that late in the draft. Of course it helps having an aging quarterback, and a backup whose contract is about to expire.

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