Should the Bears try to acquire or avoid Jimmy Garoppolo? Caution: QBs in New England Patriots uniforms may be less talented than they appear.
There has been a lot of noise lately about how desperately the Chicago Bears need to work out a trade with New England for Jimmy Garoppolo. Jordan Campbell over at Da Windy City pretty directly voiced what seems to be the prevailing misconception in this discussion. I hope Jordan won’t take it personally that I’ve selected his article as the best of the dead wrong. Or that it is my starting point for explaining why Jimmy Garoppolo is a bad idea.
Jordan makes two assertions early in this article which many people seem to take as fact. First, he calls Tom Brady “perhaps the greatest quarterback to ever play the game”. I’ll circle back to that one because it deals more with opinion than facts. Next, though, he goes on to say that the Patriots have “made a history of drafting quarterbacks, developing them, and then trading them for draft picks.”
This also seems to be a fairly common opinion and it is barely supportable. Let’s have a look at the Patriots recent history at backup QB, shall we?