Garoppolo not biting on talk about replacing Brady

Garoppolo not biting on talk about replacing Brady
May 13, 2014, 1:45 pm
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(Phil Perry, CSNNE.com)

FOXBORO -- Let’s lend some context to the relationship between Jimmy Garoppolo and Tom Brady.
 
Two days after Jimmy G turned 10, Brady was 21-for-31 for 250 yards and three touchdowns in a win over the Falcons. That victory got the Patriots to 4-4. Three months later, the Patriots won their first Super Bowl. Jimmy G was getting ready for Little League.
 
Being drafted to back up or -- theoretically -- replace a legend is tough business.
 
On one hand, you want to show the appropriate level of deference to the guy who’s been in town since 2000.
 
On the other hand, you don’t want to sound as if you’re just happy to be here, thanks.
 
I asked Garoppolo on Tuesday at Gillette Stadium if he found it difficult to avoid the verbal landmines.
 
“I haven’t thought about it too much, to be honest,” Garoppolo insisted. “My main thing is, I’m a rookie. I haven’t earned any stripes. I haven’t done anything on the field. We had our first practice yesterday just the rookies. I still have a long way to go with that just to begin with.”
 
So, Garoppolo is choosing the “make no waves, complete deference” option?
 
“I haven’t put too much thought into it to be honest,” he answered.
 
Well, that makes one of us.