Patriots broadcaster: Jimmy Garoppolo should be New England’s quarterback in 2021

By Vincent Frank

Former New England Patriots quarterback and current broadcaster Scott Zolak joined Big Daddy & Friends on a recent podcast to discuss his former team’s quarterback situation.

As in the know as pretty much anyone in New England, Zolak understands full well that the Patriots must find an upgrade over Cam Newton under center. Here’s a quarterback who threw just eight touchdown passes in 15 games for a Pats squad that went 7-9 in 2020.

As we saw with another former Patriots player earlier in the offseason, the conversation with Sportsnaut’s Rich Salgado turned to Jimmy Garoppolo returning to New England. Point blank, Salgado asked Zolak who the Patriots should target this offseason. His response was not all-too surprising. But it could be telling.

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“Jimmy Garoppolo. You know, the way it was trending here, and Tommy (Brady) won that one. No doubt about it. A lot of it is going on in Green Bay. The same type of situation. They draft Jordan Love. And you know Aaron’s (Rodgers) age and contract status. That kind of gave him a kick in the a**. Garoppolo did the same thing to Brady. We went to three Super Bowls after Jimmy Garoppolo was drafted. The way Jimmy was trending for four years. He’s a good player. A really good player. I think (he’s) the quickest fix.”

Zolak pointed to Bill Belichick’s advanced age of 68 and came to the conclusion that he wants to find a quarterback capable of leading New England back into contention. Sure the likes of Deshaun Watson and Aaron Rodgers would be better options than Garoppolo.

Even then, there’s every reason to believe that Garoppolo could return to New England and lead that team. Remember, he’s one year removed from starting in the Super Bowl.

Aug 19, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) warm up before the game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

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As for Garoppolo’s status with the San Francisco 49ers, the team is looking to find an upgrade. It was linked to Matthew Stafford before the blockbuster trade that sent the Pro Bowler from the Detroit Lions to the Los Angeles Rams. The 49ers are also in on Deshaun Watson.

If San Francisco can find that upgrade, it could then flip Garoppolo to the Patriots on the cheap. That would likely require New England giving up a couple mid-round picks. Not too shabby.