No Brady, No Problem

Originally published by CBS Boston

By Michael Hurley, CBS Boston

BOSTON (CBS) — The trick with sports is that despite the thousands of people who are paid to dissect, analyze and forecast sports, nobody actually knows anything.

Hyperbole? Sure. Some folks are educated. But the point is this: The reason we watch these games live, the reason they dominate television ratings, the reason we fork out hundreds of dollars to see it in person is because we don’t know what will come next. Nobody can.

So when the Patriots entered their Week 1 game Sunday night in Glendale, the expectations for first-time starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo ran the gamut. Some believed he’d be a game manager at best. Others felt he’s the heir apparent to future Hall of Famer Tom Brady. Most others fell in between.

But — again — nobody knew. How could they? He played his college ball in front of high school-sized crowds, and his only work in the NFL had come in garbage time.

Yet there he was, marching onto the field in front of 60,000-plus raucous fans, facing a ferocious defense that was looking to break him in half. And sure enough, his first pass… to read the full article, click here!