New England Patriots: Former Patriot predicted success for Jimmy Garoppolo
By Nick Ziegler
The New England Patriots made a bold decision to trade Jimmy Garoppolo. One former Patriot knew he would be good.
During the 2017 season, the New England Patriots made a bold decision to trade Jimmy Garoppolo to the San Francisco 49ers. When Tom Brady was suspended to start the 2016 season, we got a chance to see a little bit of what Jimmy Garoppolo could do.
In about a game and a half, Garoppolo played very well against the Arizona Cardinals and Miami Dolphins. While he did get hurt against the Dolphins, Garoppolo showed a lot of promise as a young quarterback.
However, Tom Brady came back from his suspension and won the Super Bowl that year. Last season, Brady showed no signs of slowing down, as he won the NFL MVP award and led the Patriots to the Super Bowl once again.
With Brady playing so well, the Patriots had a to make the tough decision to trade Garoppolo, as paying him would have been impossible. Recently, former Patriot Cassius Marsh called that Garoppolo would be great in San Francisco. Here’s what Marsh had to say about Garoppolo.
"“I already knew that was going to happen. I called it before anybody,” Marsh told SFGate’s Eric Branch. “I knew because I was with the Patriots and he would shred our defense every day. He’d shred the first team every day, and it looked no different than when Tom (Brady) was on the field. He’s a much better athlete than Tom. He’s super disciplined and works hard. I’m very happy to have him as my quarterback.”"
As a starter last season, Garoppolo had a perfect 5-0 record and there is now a lot of hope in San Francisco for the 2018 season. Since we haven’t seen Garoppolo play for a full season there is still a chance that he might not be the superstar that he appears to be. However, as of now, Garoppolo looks like he is poised to do so. Between his time with the Patriots and the 49ers, Garoppolo looks like he is emerging as one of the top young quarterbacks in the game.
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As the years go on, the trading of Garoppolo will certainly be a move that we will be looking back on. If he does end up becoming a franchise quarterback, the Patriots’ decision to trade him for a second-round pick might end up being a mistake.