Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo appeared on good terms before last Friday’s preseason game. (Jeremy Brevard/USA Today Sports)
FOXBORO — Looking back at the first three preseason games, many have looked into the dynamic between quarterbacks Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo.
Brady missed the first preseason game to attend memorial services for a family member. Then, after cutting himself with scissors before the second preseason game, he left the stadium and didn’t stay for the game. Finally, in the third preseason game, at times Brady was sitting by himself on the bench.
Some believe Brady should be helping Garoppolo out in between series’ offering tips, but Bill Belichick appears not to be one of them, as he said all players have a lot on their own plates to be concerned with other players.
It is worth mentioning Belichick noted there’s a difference between being a good example for a younger player and coaching up that younger player.
“I think veteran players can be a good example for younger players in terms of their preparation, and their attitude, and their work ethic, and the way they go about things,” Belichick said. “We have a lot of guys that I would put in that category that when you watch them do things they do them right and it’s easy to say to a younger player ‘Do what that guy does’, and you’d be off to a good start.
“But you know, that being said, I think everybody on the team, really their number one focus is to get ready to play football. Our players aren’t coaches, they’re players, and they need to get ready to play, and as I said, I think every player needs to get ready to play. I don’t care how long you’ve been in the league, I don’t care what position you play, I don’t care how long you’ve coached, I don’t care what positon you coach. We haven’t done it for a long time, a number of months, and now we all need to sharpen those skills up. That’s every player, that’s every coach, so I don’t really think players have a lot of time to run around and be telling everybody else what to do.
“Honestly, there is enough that all of them need to work on individually, and that would be every single player, that’s a full plate for them. I don’t really think that’s their job, and I don’t think any player has enough time to do that because they all have things that they need to do to prepare for the season. But as far as being a good example and doing things right and all of that, I mean we have a lot of guys that fall into that category and that’s definitely a good thing. But, you know, that’s what they should be doing.”
With Brady’s four-game suspension, beginning Saturday, he isn’t allowed at the Gillette Stadium facility, nor to have contact with his teammates until after Week 4. Until then, Garoppolo will assume the starting quarterback role.