Tom Brady spoke to Westwood One Radio’s Jim Gray on Monday night about the New England Patriots resolve in the face of adversity after losing his backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo to a shoulder injury in the 2nd quarter of Sunday’s win over Miami.
“It’s amazing the way our team responds to adversity and the way our coaches prepare us for all these different situations that we face. I’m just proud of the guys for how hard they’re working. You can see it on TV, and obviously it’s really paying off. It’s great to be a fan of the Patriots and it’s really great to be a player on the Patriots. I definitely have gained that perspective, and hopefully we get to 3-0 on Thursday night.”
“It’s tough … I feel for him,” Brady said of Garoppolo . “He made a great play to escape the pocket and made a great throw on the run on a third-down play. The linebacker hit him and landed on top of him. You see that quite a bit in the NFL. It’s a tough injury, especially your throwing shoulder … I know he’ll be back out there as soon as he can. … Who knows? Jimmy may be out there [Thursday]. We’ll see how it plays out.”
Brady also touched on the next man up, No. 3 QB Jacoby Brissett, who by all accounts takes over for Garoppolo on Thursday night against Houston.
“Jacoby has done a great job taking advantage of his opportunity as well… “He went in there [Sunday] and showed a lot of poise. He has a great demeanor about him. I love working with him. He shows up to work every day working hard. He’s very competitive, and I know our coaching staff will have him prepared and ready to go for Thursday night if he’s called upon.”
Brady was also asked about the prospect of WR Julian Edelman, a former QB at Kent State long ago, as the team’s de facto emergency quarterback:
“He still talks about that touchdown pass he threw against Baltimore [in the playoffs] a few years ago. He’s kind of batting 1.000 right now.”