September 23, 2016

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle:

A place to discuss the sports stories that aren't making news, share links that aren't quite front-page material, and diagram plays on your hand. Remember to count to five Mississippi before commenting in anger.

posted by huddle to general at 07:00 AM - 15 comments

Fortunately for the Patriots, they now have a nice long 10 day stretch to regroup before their next game.

Belichick and McDaniels should be able to find the time to attend an upcoming session of Urban Meyer's "I Have Three Starting Quarterbacks" support group.

After lunch, the session breaks into small groups that emphasize role playing and discussion of "what if" situations.

This is where Meyer will find out that Tom Brady has never played wideout or extra DB in nickel packages.

posted by beaverboard at 09:49 AM on September 23, 2016

[This is the space where a smaller person would do a lot of gloating about "Chess v Checkers" and that sort of thing.]

posted by yerfatma at 12:45 PM on September 23, 2016

I'm a little surprised that there hasn't been an ocean of "SEE BRADY WAS NEVER THAT GOOD" think pieces since the Patriots 3-0 start. They would be incorrect and based on BS, but that's the sort of sorry excuse for stories I've come to expect.

posted by Joey Michaels at 01:03 PM on September 23, 2016

His trade value is never going to be higher!

(Proving stupid knows no fandom boundaries, I've seen plenty of Pats fans wondering if it's time to start the Jimmy G Era and plenty of Pats haters declaring this proves Brady was a system QB all along. Particularly love this rant suggesting he can't be considered as good as Montana and Marino because Brady has a great coach . . .)

posted by yerfatma at 01:21 PM on September 23, 2016

Yeah, Montana's coach wasn't too shabby either.

Still I do think both coaches played a major role in their success, and I do think the Patriots would be just fine without Brady.

posted by cixelsyd at 02:22 PM on September 23, 2016

It's not just fans who get confused.

posted by yerfatma at 02:23 PM on September 23, 2016

Wait, seriously?!

posted by yerfatma at 03:18 PM on September 23, 2016

They were working on Brissett's hand on the sidelines during the game.

Healing from that procedure is not a big deal. Getting your grip strength and throwing effectiveness all the way back after a thumb injury can be a lengthy process, however. Ask Kurt Warner.

This is where Belichick brings in Tom House to teach Jimmy G. and Brissett how to throw left handed. No word on whether Brady would be allowed to join the training sessions.

Tebow's still on an Atlantic League team bus somewhere in Pennsylvania, right?

posted by beaverboard at 03:43 PM on September 23, 2016

I'm a little surprised that there hasn't been an ocean of "SEE BRADY WAS NEVER THAT GOOD" think pieces

It's almost like the "they hate us" narrative that Boston fans have embraced so firmly was largely fictitious. I'll be damned!

posted by tahoemoj at 04:31 PM on September 23, 2016

So who is the fourth string QB in New England (assuming Brady, Jimmy G., and Brissett are 1/2/3)?

And who would be the backup to that guy?

I'm sure Doug Flutie is still in pretty good shape.

posted by grum@work at 04:39 PM on September 23, 2016

I think I heard on the broadcast last night (or read on Twitter) that Danny Amendola was the emergency backup for Brissett.

posted by Ufez Jones at 04:49 PM on September 23, 2016

It's Edelman,

posted by tahoemoj at 05:21 PM on September 23, 2016

Eh, po-tay-to / po-tah-to

posted by Ufez Jones at 06:03 PM on September 23, 2016

The first 10 fans through the gate at Gillette Stadium next Sunday will have an impromptu tryout for a one game contract...

posted by MeatSaber at 08:38 PM on September 23, 2016

From a Mediterranean standpoint, Garoppolo and Amendola might be as close as today's Pats fans ever get to the venerated combo of Parilli and Cappelletti.

posted by beaverboard at 10:38 PM on September 23, 2016

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