It’s here! Jimmy G. fever! By next week Jimmy Garoppolo will star in his own Papa Gino’s commercial. Watch your back, Gronk. You could get chomped by Jimmy G. and get bounced beast mode by the rookie as Dunkin’s new much prettier face.
Let’s face it. Jimmy G. has the IT factor. You could see it last night. He is a brand. He has that quarterback identity and persona. You know the type. Women want to be with him and men want to be him. Sounds like someone else we know.
In Thursday night’s 23-6 Patriots loss to the Redskins, Ryan Mallett didn’t look awful. He looked well, eh. Mallett was 5-for-12 for 55 yards and was no doubt playing against better talent that what Garoppolo faced. But the reality is Mallett did not take advantage of his opportunity to increase his trade value or put Jimmy G. in his place as the third-string quarterback. Instead, he had his typical some good/some bad performance, which opened the door for a backup quarterback controversy. Now, this is a big deal in these parts because you and I both now there isn’t going to be a plain old big time quarterback controversy for some time.
Mallett’s completion percentage in his preseason career in New England is in the 50-percent range and he has tossed seven touchdowns vs. three interceptions. Last night, Garoppolo was 9-for-13 for 157 yards and a touchdown. Garoppolo’s performance is suspicious in the minds of some because he was facing third- and fourth-string players. Still, he was also playing with third and fourth-string players. Isn’t that fact the great equalizer? Sure, he could struggle against first- and second-teamers, but he would also be playing with his own first- and second-teamers.
If you wish, toss the stats out the window and go with what you saw. Last night, Mallett looked like his usual stiff and semi-comfortable self. Garoppolo looked as if he belonged from the start. He just fit. He passed the eye test with flying colors, while we were trying to bring Mallett into a crisper focus the entire time he was on the field.
Furthermore, have you ever said “WOW” about a Ryan Mallett performance in his time with the Patriots? I have haven’t. After having a horrible start to camp, Garoppolo’s confidence was not shaken as he went out and made things happen and he made all of us say, “WOW.”
We know Ryan Mallett is an average NFL quarterback at BEST. With Jimmy G. right now the sky is the limit and we can’t wait to see him in his first commercial.