Patriots quarterback Tom Brady joined Kirk & Callahan with John Dennis and Mike Mutnansky filling in on Tuesday to discuss the win over the Bills on Sunday, Jimmy Garoppolo and to look ahead to the regular-season finale against the Jets. To hear the complete interview, visit the Kirk & Callahan audio on demand page. Garoppolo was traded to the 49ers from the Patriots right before the trade deadline, and now that he’s been given the chance to start, the quarterback is 4-0 with his new team. His best win may have come Sunday against the Jaguars, as the 49ers won a wild one, 44-33. The win also allowed the Patriots to clinch a first-round bye in the upcoming playoffs. Brady said: “He’s done a great job. You go in there and get the opportunity to play and win games, that is what we are all here for. It was good to see and good for them to beat Jacksonville, that really helped us. I am really happy for Jimmy and he’s worked really hard. It shows up when he goes out there and plays really well”. Garoppolo has credited his time with the Patriots for helping with his success thus far, and a lot of comparisons have been made with some of the things he has been doing to what Brady and the Patriots have done over the years. Brady added: “It’s really a credit to him. You do what you can with the opportunities you get. I think it is great for any player and anyone who has been in the Patriots system to watch how the coaches prepare the players. There is obviously a high standard and high expectations for us every time we take the field. Anytime you’re in a winning environment, that definitely helps and I think guys really enjoy that. You take what you can and use that in other places if that is where you go. Like I said, what they are doing is a credit to them. I don’t think anyone should take credit for what those guys have accomplished”.
It was supposed to be a celebration of a playoff team, a love affair between the town and the team, ringing in the new year with a Super Bowl resolution. It is forecast to be 21 degrees come 4 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, the merciful end of a season that cannot end soon enough for all New York Football Giants. Especially Eli Manning. If there is any reason for you to watch what is left of your Giants, who will have every chance to lose their franchise-record 14th game against the Redskins with as many interims as wins, it should be to sing Auld Lang Syne to Eli Manning and say goodbye. No one knows, of course. Nothing is etched in stone. But the icy winds of change are blowing, and it is impossible not to feel them. No one knows what the next Giants GM and next Giants head coach will think of Josh Rosen and Sam Darnold. No one knows what they will think of Davis Webb, partly because the Giants somehow are finding a way not to play him in a season when what could go wrong has gone wrong, becoming Mara’s Law. John Mara declaring that he wants Manning back is what you would expect a co-owner to say about a quarterback who has delivered two Super Bowl championships to New York.
Jerry Jones expressed disappointment in the way the Dallas Cowboys’ playoff chances ended Sunday, with a 21-12 dud of a loss to a banged-up Seattle Seahawks team. But the owner of America’s Team essentially had a simple message to fans: Don’t worry! Jones is an eternal optimist and he sees nothing but good things coming his organization’s way. Jones said: “I’m extremely excited about our future”. In other words, no need to worry about why the Cowboys failed to reach the playoffs. This team isn’t far from being back in contention for a Super Bowl in Jones’ mind even though the championship drought drags into Year 23. Jason Garrett is the right coach. Don’t worry about him reaching the postseason just twice in seven full years. Don’t worry about the Cowboys failing to win four games they led at halftime. Don’t worry about a blowout loss to a Denver Broncos team that’s eyeing a top-10 pick, or losing home games to the Los Angeles Rams and Green Bay Packers despite scoring 30 points.
With their loss Saturday night to the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium, the Indianapolis Colts secured a top-three spot in the 2018 NFL Draft. Because the Colts have been out of playoff contention for the majority of the season, several fans would rather see their draft position improve but they will be at the top of the draft order, per ESPN’s Mike Wells. Wells also points out that there is a chance the Colts can even move up to the No. 2 overall pick, depending on how the final weekend shakes out. The loss, their 12th of the season, has guaranteed them a top-three pick in next spring’s NFL draft. At this point in the season, draft positioning outweighs victories for Indianapolis. The Colts, depending on what happens in their season finale against Houston on Dec. 31 and what the New York Giants do in their final two games, could move up to the second spot in the draft. Having a selection in the first three picks of the draft will be vital to the rebuild.