Belichick: Don't want to lack QB depth as Indy did

Belichick: Don't want to lack QB depth as Indy did
May 10, 2014, 10:00 pm
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FOXBORO -- Bill Belichick shined a bit more light on the reasoning behind why the Patriots drafted Jimmy Garoppolo in the second round on Friday night.

In short, depth matters. Even when only one guy can play the position at any given time.

True, the Patriots have Ryan Mallett to back up Tom Brady in 2014. But as Belichick mentioned during his press conference following Day 2 of the draft, Mallett's contract situation is a factor; he's a free agent after this upcoming season.

By drafting Garoppolo, the Patriots make sure they have a backup they like for 2015.

It's insurance. If Brady were to go down with an injury as he did in 2008, the team would want a quarterback who could perform competitively.

"I think organizationally, in our organization, I don't think we'd look to put together a team the way Indianapolis did when they lost [Peyton] Manning and went 0-16, 1-15 or whatever it was," Belichick said. "I don't think that's really what we're looking for."

In 2008, the Patriots had Matt Cassel, who came in and performed well enough to bring the Patriots to the brink of a playoff appearance.

If Mallett remains with the Patriots -- there have been rumblings that he could be dealt before the season -- the team will now have two options to choose from if Brady can't go.

"Unfortunately we lost Tom in 2008 and we had a player who stepped in and won 11 games," Belichick said. "We want to be competitive even if something happens to a player at any position. I think that's always important. You never know when you're gonna need it. I don't think we'd be happy going 1-15 if we had an injury at one position. Other people have different philosophies. Just saying that's the contrast, that example. I don't think that's what we're trying to do."