One thing is certain: Garoppolo has made himself a lot of money with his current run, and his increased value to the franchise will translate to a huge contract and more endorsement opportunities.
It took four weeks following the trade for Shanahan to turn the keys over to Garoppolo in Week 13, but the ensuing period has been sensational for the team and its new leader.
Tennessee recognizes the challenge it faces against Brady. It opened the week as a 13-point underdog, and prior to last week hadn’t won a playoff game since the 2003 season.
It’s a playoff game, so it’s not like it’s the preseason where I can go out there, ‘Oh, it’s Brady,’ and I’m chillin,’ Tennessee All-Pro safety Kevin Byard said. This is a playoff game. So I don’t really care if it was Joe Montana. You know what I’m saying? I’m trying to go out there and win the game. I want to make him look like (Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback) Blake Bortles if I can to try to catch a couple picks.
Tom Brady is a great quarterback, but it’s a playoff game. I’m not really looking at it like that.
First off, the fact that Nick Foles had a big first start against the Giants shouldn’t hurt Wentz’s cause. Second, here are the numbers Wentz put up in nearly 13 full games: 3,296 passing yards, 33 passing TDs to 7 INTs, 101.9 passer rating, 299 rushing yards. The fact that he missed the end of the season for the NFC’s best team should only make what he did while healthy look better.
Given the Eagles can clinch everything in Week 16, Wentz likely lost out only on two games that counted toward his candidacy. He deserves to remain right with Brady, but it’s unlikely voters will think that way.
When Brown went down and then Ben Roethlisberger and Le’Veon Bell couldn’t lead Pittsburgh past New England without him, it took all three Killer Bs off the board going into Week 16. That’s because, in essence, Big Ben and Bell cancel each other out.
The end result is Thad taking a face-up, step-back jump shot without doing much to force the defense to react.