So what happens with the Patriots at quarterback if Tom Brady is forced to sit for the first four games of the 2016 season? At this point on the calendar, Plan B is backup Jimmy Garoppolo, a second-round pick out of Eastern Illinois who has seen limited action to this point in his career, but is maybe best described as solid at this point in his development.

Sports Illustrated legal analyst Michael McCann joined Dale & Holley on Monday to discuss the latest with the Tom Brady Deflategate case as on Monday the court reinstated the quarterback’s four-game suspension for his role in Deflategate.

Michael McCann

Michael McCann

Sports Illustrated legal analyst Michael McCann joined Dale & Holley on Monday to discuss the latest with the Tom Brady Deflategate case as on Monday the court reinstated the quarterback’s four-game suspension for his role in Deflategate. To listen to the interview, visit the Dale & Holley audio on demand page.

McCann wasn’t surprised with the judges siding with the NFL having been the courtroom for the hearing, but he was surprised with how fast a ruling was reached.

“The lightning speed — I mean look, the Adrian Peterson case is still going on,” McCann said. “The hearing for Adrian Peterson was last October. He still doesn’t have a decision in his federal appeal. This happened so quickly, rapid speed. Almost unheard of. It happens just very rare. The speed of it, very surprising. In terms of the decision, I took sense when I was at the hearing that two of the three judges, the judges that ruled against Brady were very skeptical of the NFLPA’s arguments and they certainly seemed to favor the NFL. From that lens, I wasn’t completely surprised.

“I thought they would remand the case, rather than just reverse. Had they remanded it, it would have gone back to Judge Berman to rule on three other issues that he didn’t rule on. It would have been a much better outcome for Brady, not what he sought, but better than what he got. This is the second-to-worst case scenario for Brady. The worst would be if the decision was 3-0. There’s a silver lining that Judge Katzmann is the dissenting voice. That could help him going forward. Clearly, this was a disappointing day for Brady.”

McCann detailed what is next for Brady, as Adam Schefter reported late Monday Brady isn’t pleased and is mulling his options.

“The main option is to seek a [review] where Brady would ask that the entire Second Circuit Court of Appeals consider this case. Basically, a new appeal,” McCann said. “Rarely granted in the Second Circuit. It’s only granted less than one percent of the time. I think the odds are a little bit better here. A, It is a split decision. And B, I think a very important point, the Chief Judge is the dissenting voice. This is the person at the top. This is the person at the top saying, ‘You know what, my two colleagues got it wrong. Tom Brady shouldn’t be suspended.’ I would have to think some of the other judges are going to be sympathetic to that or at least interested in that viewpoint. It won’t be easily dismissed.

“What I think Adam Schefter is referring to is that we’re going to see a new round of legal filings that will likely be filed in the next 14 days — that is the deadline. Then there will be potentially another hearing, but it will probably be decided on briefs. This will play out for several more months and I think one of the issues of getting the opinion out so soon, is the judges probably anticipated what would happen, that they would want final resolution before the start of the season. Even if that doesn’t work, Brady could still petition the United States Supreme Court.”

Finally, McCann was asked what he believes will happen with Brady and potentially serving a suspension.

“I think odds are he serves it, but I guess I am maybe more optimistic than maybe some about the chances of getting a [new hearing],” he said. “I think the odds are certainly better than one percent. Look, two judges felt that the NFL did something wrong. Two felt that it did something right. If I am another judge in the Second Circuit, I am going to say I have some real concerns about what the NFL did. I have some concerns about frankly the reasoning in the majority opinion. Look, the odds are against Brady. There’s no question about it, but I don’t think it’s 99 percent to 1 percent as some of the data might indicate.

“If you are Brady, you have to fight it. Your legacy is on the line. You can’t call the NFL and say let’s do a deal — ‘I’ll give up my appeals if you lower it to two games.’ That is not going to happen. You have to fight this to the end. If you’re Tom Brady, you also have to think about filing a defamation lawsuit. I think at this point a defamation lawsuit doesn’t change the suspension, but it does send a message. If he didn’t do it, I think he almost has to feel obligated to do something beyond this case.”

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

It appears Tom Brady and the NFLPA won’t accept the ruling handed down by the Second Circuit of Appeals rescinding Brady’s four-game suspension for his role in Deflategate.

Tom Brady

Tom Brady

It appears Tom Brady and the NFLPA won’t accept the ruling handed down by the Second Circuit of Appeals rescinding Brady’s four-game suspension for his role in Deflategate.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Brady is “not ready to accept” the ruling from the court that he needs to serve his four-game suspension. The report adds the matter is “not yet” over and Brady is mulling his options with his legal team.

The NFL was pleased with the ruling, while the NFLPA was “disappointed.”

As it stands now, Brady will miss games against Arizona, Miami, Houston and Buffalo.

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Ryan Hannable
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Could Brian Hoyer end up back in New England? (Troy Taormina/USA Today Sports)

So what happens with the Patriots at quarterback if Tom Brady is forced to sit for the first four games of the 2016 season? At this point on the calendar, Plan B is backup Jimmy Garoppolo, a second-round pick out of Eastern Illinois who has seen limited action to this point in his career, but is maybe best described as solid at this point in his development.

But if the Patriots aren’t completely enamored with Garoppolo’s overall development or if they simply want to expand their depth at the position while waiting for Brady to return, they do have some other options. With the draft looming at the end of the week and a handful of bodies still available in free agency, here are a few possibilities for New England at the quarterback spot.

(One thing to remember: When the Patriots draft a quarterback or sign one as an undrafted free agent later this spring, it shouldn’t necessarily be seen as a wide-ranging referendum on Garoppolo. Only one team has drafted more quarterbacks since 1999 than New England, and that doesn’t even begin to take into account the various free agents — both undrafted and otherwise — that have been added to the Patriots’ roster over the years. Bottom line? They get a quarterback every spring. The context may have changed because of Monday’s announcement, but they’ll follow the same routine this time around.)

Brian Hoyer: The 30-year-old was signed by the Patriots as an undrafted free agent out of Michigan State in 2009, and served as a backup to Brady from 2009-11. Along the way, he saw action in 13 games, going 27-for-43 (63 percent) with 286 passing yards and a touchdown. Hoyer has since played in Arizona, Cleveland and Houston, but was cut loose by the Texans earlier this offseason. In his career he’s made 26 starts, completed 58 percent of his passes for 7,163 yards to go along with 38 touchdown passes and 26 interceptions. His familiarity with the scheme and coaching staff, plus the fact that he’d come relatively cheaply, make him a legitimate option in this instance.

Ryan Fitzpatrick: You know he went to Harvard, right? The bearded one is still on the market because the Jets have been playing a game of high-stakes chicken with the 33-year-old, who has played for Buffalo, Cincinnati, St. Louis, Houston, Tennessee and the New York Jets over the course of his career. Last season in North Jersey, he completed 60 percent of his passes for 3,905 yards, to go along with 31 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. The chances here are extremely unlikely, as he’s likely looking for more security in the form of a long-term deal and a payday commensurate with his decent year last season.

Trade: Bill Belichick does have a handful of pals around the league who could be talked into a deal. That’s not to say that they’ll pull off a major heist, but when you take a look around the league at some of Belichick’s favorite trade partners and examine their quarterbacking depth charts, there are more than a few short-term possibilities to consider. For the record, since he took control of the Patriots in 2000, Belichick has made the most deals with Oakland and Chicago (9 each), followed New Orleans and Green Bay (7). Next, it’s Houston, Denver and Tampa Bay (6). But with former Patriots’ front office staffers in Detroit (Bob Quinn), Tennessee (Jon Robinson), Atlanta (Thomas Dimitroff) and Tampa Bay (Jason Licht), the possibilities certainly exist for the Patriots to try and make a deal for another signal caller.

Draft: As we said previously, the Patriots always go out and pursue a new quarterback every spring, either in the draft or free agency. And even though there’s now a perceived need for more backup quarterback depth, don’t expect them to deviate from one of their traditional team-building ideas. To that end, we have five late-round/undrafted possibilities here, a group that includes Navy’s Keenan Reynolds (who doesn’t project to be a quarterback in the NFL, but for purposes of our story, we’ll include him), Stanford’s Kevin Hogan, Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott, Alabama’s Jake Coker and USC’s Cody Kessler.

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Christopher Price

With Tom Brady now being suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season as the Second Circuit of Appeals reinstated Brady’s four-game suspension for his role in Deflategate on Monday, Bovada has put out odds for the Patriots’ first four games of the season.

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Jimmy Garoppolo

Jimmy Garoppolo

With Tom Brady now being suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season as the Second Circuit of Appeals reinstated Brady’s four-game suspension for his role in Deflategate on Monday, Bovada has put out odds for the Patriots’ first four games of the season.

It’s safe to say Vegas doesn’t believe in Jimmy Garoppolo, the player likely to take Brady’s place under center.

According to Bovada LV, the over/under for Patriots wins in the first four games of 2016 regular season if Brady does not start is 1.5.

New England travels to Arizona the first week of the season, but then hosts the Dolphins, Texans and Bills.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

This was Donald Trump at a rally in Rhode Island mere minutes after the Second Circuit Court of Appeals lowered the boom on Tom Brady.