Tuesday, September 20, 2016

What do the NE Patriots and the Browns have in common?

Going by football betting site odds, the New England Patriots and the Cleveland Browns are as far apart from each other as CM Punk and MMA credibility. However, these two teams have at least one thing in common, and it’s the fact that both will have burned through three QBs is as many weeks, or less. The Pats’ Tom Brady obviously has not set foot on an NFL gridiron so far in the 2016 regular season, but he’s nevertheless bull goose quarterback and his shadow looms large over backup Jimmy Garoppolo and third-tier QB Jacoby Brissett.

Speaking of whom, Garoppolo threw 18 of 27 for 234 passing yards and three TDs in New England's 31-24 win over the Miami Dolphins before he left in the second quarter with a right shoulder injury. Enter Brissett, who went 6 of 9 passes for 92 yards, and led the Patriots to a touchdown on its first possession of the second half. Now, whether Brissett will take his turn starting under center for the Pats, or Garoppolo will return has yet to be seen. When asked about Garoppolo’s health, New England head coach Bill Belichik said “I’m a football coach. I’m not a doctor. The medical staff is the medical staff. I coach the team. The medical people handle the injuries. They don’t call plays, I don’t do surgery. We have a great deal there. It works out good.”

So there you have it; this is the type of scoop one doesn’t usually find on a football betting site. Bill Belichik is in fact not a doctor. He’s also not a bricklayer. The Pats shouldn’t worry, though. Even if Garoppolo’s injury is serious, and even if something happened to Brissett, they can always fall back on ‘Fake Brady.’ So Tom Brady is just a dummy? I know, but he sells tickets. Actually, if Fake Brady is anything like Fake Sting, New England fans better cross their fingers that either or both Garoppolo and Brissett hold out until week 4 of the regular season.

As for the Browns, the football betting site’s underdogs continue their revolving door of quarterbacks, of which at this point they have had more than Spinal Tap has had drummers. Coincidentally, Belichik was Cleveland’s head coach the last time they had a big name QB in the legendary Vinny Testaverde. That was in 1994, the last season before the Browns disappeared for three years. Since 1999, the Browns have had 25 starting quarterbacks. This season has already seen two; Robert Griffin III – by the way, if RG3 ever launches an acting career, don’t tell him to break his leg, he just might take you up on it – and veteran Josh McCown. With those two injured, rookie Cody Kessler is set to take the mantle, and the Browns have just signed veteran Charlie Whitehurst to be his backup. Whitehurst last stepped foot on the gridiron in 2014, when he went 105 of 185 for 1,326 yards with 7 TDs and two interceptions in seven games – five of which he started – with the Tennessee Titans.

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