New England Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will likely be called upon to start the first four games of the 2016 season, while Tom Brady serves a four-game suspension for his role in the Deflategate controversy.
Jeff Christensen, a quarterback guru whose relationship with Garoppolo dates back to his sophomore year in high school, is confident that the former second-round draft pick will adjust well to the starting role.
Christensen laid out three specific reasons why Garoppolo will succeed, via Jim McBride of the Boston Globe:
Jimmy’s a visual learner. He’s also devoted, competitive, and a perfectionist. I have absolutely no reason to believe Jimmy will do anything but succeed.
Well, No. 1 is he has that critical ability to retain information. No. 2 is his technique. He has great footwork and his ball comes out so quick — and that allows him to throw the ball in tight spaces. And No. 3 is his moxie. He just has a natural ability to not let things bother him.
Christensen’s client list includes Washington’s Kirk Cousins, Miami’s Ryan Tannehill and Houston’s Brock Osweiler. He’s well aware of what it takes to be a successful starter at the NFL level.
Since joining the Patriots in 2014, Garoppolo has appeared in 11 games and only attempted 31 passes. He has completed 20 of those attempts (64.5 percent) for 188 yards and a touchdown.