I came across this article today, and threw up immediately after reading a few paragraphs. It was written by Cleveland Plain Dealer’s, Terry Pluto. Pluto is not Adam Schefter, but I’d go to him over Mary Kay Cabot, or Tony Grossi.
Background information on the failed Jimmy Garoppolo trade, for those who don’t want to read it:
- The Browns had interest in Jimmy Garoppolo for quite some time. I’d say speculation started by October of 2016.
- The Browns and Patriots had been common trade partners the past few seasons (Jamie Collins, Barkevious Mingo).
- It was made clear that the Browns were negotiating hard for the single caller towards last years draft. Nothing materialized.
- THIS SEASON: Pluto reports the Browns first round pick previously owned by Houston was on the table. That pick turned out to be 4th overall. (At the time it was not clear)
- The last contact the Browns had with the Patriots was on the 28th of October. The Browns had Houston’s pick on the table, along with, “other goodies” per Pluto. Hell, the Browns offered to find the Patriots a backup QB. They’d sign him, and offer them up in the trade to go along with picks.
- It was made clear he was not for sale. Two days later, Jimmy was on his way to San Francisco.
This story has really crawled up my tail-pipe. Nothing, and I mean nothing the Browns try, works out. Nothing will go their way. Make it 18 years and counting.
This trade, the Browns were made to look like complete fools. Hell, Browns coaches cited how upset they were Sashi couldn’t pull off a deal for the young signal caller. They were upset he was “At home playing with his kids”. He did everything in his goddamn power. Bill ego-maniac Belichick stuck his middle fingers in the air directed at the Browns. Not sure if he is directing them at the Patriots as well. With multiple sources reporting fishy Jimmy G trade details, it sounds like there could be SOME tension in, Foxboro. The extent of which, will forever be unknown.
I’m still not completely sold on Jimmy, after-all he’s played only 7 and a half NFL games. He’s looked damn good with dog shit skill players around him. The most frustrating aspect of the situation is that this is just another missed opportunity at a Quarterback. I mean, how would Jimmy look with David Njoku? How about Josh Gordon? It’s extremely frustrating, when every single door the Browns open is not correct. The missed draft choices are inexusable, but the failed Jimmy G trade was cited as a main reason Sashi Brown was fired. So fuck you, Bill Belichick (Unless you come home to finish the job 😉 )
Hopefully, one of these days the Browns will catch a break.
Jimmy Garoppolo highlights to make me want to kill myself:
Midway through the season, the Patriots made a move that surprised a lot of people- trading Jimmy Garoppolo to the San Francisco 49ers for a measly second round pick. Based on the fact the Pats shipped off Jacoby Brissett to the Colts, one would assume that meant they wanted to keep Garoppolo long-term. Never assume with Belichick making the decisions. It seems like every single year a move is made by the Patriots and everyone thinks, “Why on earth did they do that? That was stupid” but every time it just happens to work itself out. Even though that is the case, this one feels different and I don’t like it.
When asked about the success of the 49ers, Tom Brady had nothing but good things to say about the situation, which obviously comes off as no surprise. In an interview with WEEI, Brady was quoted as saying “Any time you’re in a winning environment that definitely helps and I think guys really enjoy that. You take what you can and try to use it in other places if that’s where you go. Like I said, I think what they’re doing is a credit to them. I don’t think anyone should take credit for what those guys have accomplished.” The 49ers win over the Jaguars also impacted the AFC playoff picture, securing a first-round bye for the Patriots. I’m sure Brady wasn’t too upset by that.
The way Garoppolo was able to come in to a team that was getting embarrassed on a weekly basis and turned around the entire culture has been very impressive. There have been many arguments circulating around about whether the 49ers would be a playoff team is Garoppolo started at the beginning of the season. While I am not totally convinced, I think there is a chance they could have at least four more wins (Cardinals X2, Colts, Redskins). Does that get them into the playoffs? This would be a huge week 17 for them if that was the case.
Being a Patriots fan, there hasn’t been many times where I would actively root for another team. This has definitely changed since the trade, and I hope Garoppolo can carry on his success, whether or not he comes back to New England. Keep rockin’ Jimmy G.
The Garoppolo era began yesterday with a 15-14 win at Soldier Field on a last-second FG by Robbie Gould (against his old team, nonetheless) to propel the 49ers to their second victory of the year. Obviously a lost season for the Niners, who — to be honest are just spoiling their draft spot at this point, were able to have a bright spot this season after the big mid-season trade. With reports already that they are going to franchise tag Garoppolo after the season, Kyle Shanahan looked to the former Patriots’ backup QB to see if he could provide the spark that the Niners franchise needed.
Jimmy G finished the game going 26 – 37 with 293 yards and 1 interception. Not eye popping numbers but he did lead his team 92 yards to kick the game winning FG. Also, pretty hard to argue these stats:
Kidding obviously but this was a huge sign for the 49ers to see some positivity come out of Garoppolo. They’ll still end up with a high draft pick and look to add a star to bolster their rebuild. The future looks bright for the 49ers for sure but in the NFC West, it may be awhile until we’re able to see a competitive Niners team.