Curran's Dallas Diary: Party time

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Curran's Dallas Diary: Party time

By TomE. Curran
CSNNE.com

DALLAS - Thursday of Super Bowl week is when the whole city starts to really transform. Since Sunday, pretty much everyone here has been working. On Thursday, though, the parties start. The high rollers wheel into town. Current and former players with their standard-issue entourages show up, heads swiveling, looking over the peons for those who really matter. And if they have to hit the brakes in the middle of pedestrian foot traffic, they'll do that. With pleasure.
It's funny, because by now all of us who've been here a few days are pretty much creatures of habit. Now the Sheraton in Downtown Dallas - already pretty packed - is under siege by swaggering packs of testosterone and "Wooooo"ing hordes of big haired estrogen. It's like living on the Cape. Sunday through Wednesday was January through May. Memorial Day just hit and the place is awash with people trying to have a good time while I'm trying to work over here!And the place just stinks like drinking humans. I realized today I've left the hotel exactly once for a non-work related event. (I have to go to the Arlington Conference Center every day about 4, which is not a bad ride). I went to the media party on Tuesday night at the House of Blues. Since then? Haven't ventured out. The cold and the cabbie strike in town have pretty much convinced me that the irritation of trying to get somewhere isn't going to counterbalance the fun. Besides . . . I'm trying to work over here!Tom E. Curran canbe reached at tcurran@comcastsportsnet.com.Follow Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran

PFT: Belichick can still diagram his dad’s Navy plays from 1959

PFT: Belichick can still diagram his dad’s Navy plays from 1959

CBS interviewed Patriots coach Bill Belichick and 1960 Heisman winner Joe Bellino from Navy as part of its Army-Navy Game coverage Saturday.

Belichick's father, Steve, was an assistant coach at Navy when Bellino played there, and little Bill, then 7, took it all in. So much so, that 57 years later, Belichick can still diagram the 27 F Trap play that his dad used to drew up in the 1959 season for Bellino.

More from NBC Sports' Pro Football Talk here.

 

Curran: To gauge Patriots' plans for Jimmy G, look to Brissett

Curran: To gauge Patriots' plans for Jimmy G, look to Brissett

When trying to figure out what the Patriots will ultimately do with Jimmy Garoppolo, forget about the speculation and instead focus on the little things the team does. 

Like how they are tending to Jacoby Brissett. 

After having thumb surgery on Oct. 7, Brissett was put on IR. But the team used its one "Get off of IR free card" on Brissett and he's been practicing with the team for the past couple of weeks while not taking up a roster spot. 

That alone isn't compelling evidence that he's the backup-in-waiting and Garoppolo's about to be packed up and shipped out, argued my compadre, Senator Phil Perry. The team had no other players on IR that they could use the designation on at the time. Why not use it on Brissett?

Prior to that, though, we've seen Brissett accompanying the team to away games including the cross-country junket to San Francisco. A reason? Since the Patriots played three straight at Gillette at the start of the season when Brissett was the direct backup to Garoppolo, he didn't get a good look at the road operation and the tempo of being the visiting team. How things work on flights, in meetings, at opposing stadiums and on the sidelines is worth getting a promising young players' eyes on. Also, getting his offensive teammates used to having him around is probably an even bigger benefit. It's not unprecedented to have IR players travel but its not conventional practice either. 

With so many quarterback-needy teams around the league, Garoppolo is perhaps the most attractive option out there. By the end of this year, he will have apprenticed three seasons behind the best quarterback of all-time in a sophisticated offense for a program that's as demanding as any in the league. In the 1 1/2 games he was able to play as a starter in place of Tom Brady, he was sensational.

He got hurt and that's not great. But any team making a deal for him that has concerns about his durability can take him for a spin for one season. Garoppolo is on the books for $825K in 2017 and then his contract is up. The team that dealt for him can franchise him if they need another season to think on it. 

I don't think the Patriots are itching to move Garoppolo. They know they are sitting comfortably with a stack of the most valuable commodity in the sport -- good quarterbacks (or at least one great one and two promising ones) - piled in front of them. They can let the game come to them. 

If it does, as former Patriots executive and Bill Belichick consigliere Mike Lombardi thinks it will, the Patriots can rest easy dealing Garoppolo knowing that they already did advance work getting Brissett up to speed.