New England Patriots Next Quarterback - Prediction and Betting Odds
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New England Patriots Week 1 2020 Starting Quarterback
The odds for the who will replace Tom Brady as the starting quarterback for the Patriots, are provided by 888Sport NJ.
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Now that the great GOAT has officially left New England for the warmer pastures of Tampa Bay, the big question for Patriots’ general manager slash head coach slash defensive coordinator Bill Belichick is who’s going to fill Tom Brady’s giant shoes under center during the upcoming NFL season.
So far, plenty of names have been brought up, though it’s hard to imagine that any of them (as talented an athlete as each of them are), could fully replace Brady and do even close to the miraculous things he managed to pull off over the last twenty years as their quarterback and unquestionable team leader.
This will be the ultimate test of whether Bill Belichick can win without Tom Brady, so here we go over the predictions and odds of all the possible NFL quarterbacks who might play for the New England Patriots in 2020.
New England Patriots Quarterback 2020
Jarrett Stidham, New England Patriots
Ever since Brady left the team, Jarett Stidham has been listed as the starter, but reportedly the promising young second-year player has a lot more developing to get to, as evidenced by the pick-six he threw in Week 3 last season the one time he got a chance to relieve Brady in the fourth quarter.
Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals
The Cincinnati Bengals will most likely use their first overall pick in the upcoming NFL draft to select the best quarterback available, Joe Burrow, so the underperforming Dalton is forced to move on, and though he would be the perfect fit for New England and Belichick, he’s going to want to make some good money on what could be his last ever NFL deal.
Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
Does he, or doesn’t he?
Still got it, that is, and that’s the multi-million dollar question everyone is asking about the 6’5”, 245-pound Cam Newton, who initially re-invented the way the quarterback position was played but who has been forced to the sidelines all too often the last couple of seasons due to multiple injuries.
Jameis Winston, Free Agent
If anyone can fix the talented yet interception prone Jameis Winston, it’s Bill Belichick, though even quarterback whispering Bucs head coach Bruce Arians couldn’t figure out how to keep his rocket-armed young quarterback from constantly throwing the football to the other team.
Jacoby Brissett, Indianapolis Colts
The Indianapolis Colts made it clear that they were not interested in a long term commitment to Jacoby Brissett, so if a trade could be worked out, it might be fun to watch Belichick mentor a young talent like Brissett and maybe create another GOAT candidate of the future.
Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders
The Las Vegas Raiders just signed free agent quarterback Marcus Mariota, presumably as a veteran backup to starter Derek Carr, but Raiders’ head coach Jon Gruden is a spitfire and anything is possible, though chances are he’s not seriously looking at the struggling Mariota as his starter.
Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers
To bring back Tom Brady’s old backup would be quite interesting and poetic (and Jimmy must still have some friends from the New England area!), but chances are he’s still got some job security after nearly winning the Super Bowl under center for the 49ers at the end of last season.
Cody Kessler, New England Patriots
Kessler is the current New England backup quarterback and is about to start his fourth NFL season, so the thought could be to have him start the year under center while Stidham continues to develop.
Matthew Stafford (Detroit Lions) or Joe Flacco (Denver Broncos)
With both Stafford and Flacco, it’s possible the Patriots decide to trade for one of them and use the seasoned veteran as the initial starter to at least begin the season and give the young Stidham more time to develop from the sidelines.
Old man Rivers is gone from the Los Angeles Chargers and is now a free agent, so he is looking for a home to hang his helmet, though it’s doubtful a player as seasoned (and stubborn) as Philip Rivers would be open to Bill Belichick’s “my way or the highway” method of coaching.
Justin Herbert, Oregon
Jordan Love, Utah State
Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama
Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma
These four excellent quarterbacks are all available in the upcoming NFL Draft, but since the Patriots currently have the 23rd overall pick in the first round, these names will all likely be gone unless Belichick decides to do something totally out of character and trade up.
Tom Brady Replacement – A Trade, Free Agency or the Draft?
There are basically three main ways to replace Brady as quarterback, and the first is through a trade with another team, and there are a few names that have been brought up in this category, like Andy Dalton, Jimmy Garopolo, Cam Newton and Joe Flacco.
Another way to get a new quarterback is through free agency, which just began this last Wednesday and there are a few talented veteran quarterbacks still currently on the market, like Jameis Winston and Philip Rivers.
And finally, New England could use the upcoming NFL Draft to find their next quarterback, a draft that is said to be quarterback heavy, though the Pats have the 23rd pick right now and would most likely have to trade up to have a shot at a potential starter.
What About the Patriots’ Current Backup Quarterback?
This is where it gets interesting, since the current Patriots backup quarterback, Jarrett Stidham, is much loved by the New England coaching staff, who all apparently believe he could be the next guy under center.
Stidham is young, though, and at 23-years old about to start just his second NFL season so he still needs some time to develop, which is why one thought is to bring in a seasoned veteran to bide the time until he is ready.
Of course, Bill Belichick has proven to be okay with starting a second-year quarterback, having done that two decades ago with a young man named Tom Brady after the Patriots starter, Drew Bledsoe, was injured.
Can the Patriots Make the 2020 Playoffs Without Tom Brady?
So far, the New England Patriots have spent free agency losing players to other teams instead of solidifying their roster, and so it’s doubtful that their rebuild that seems to be relying on a variety of young and unknown players will be complete in time for the 2020 season.
The New England Patriots have to beef up their offense, especially at the skill positions, but it’s best not to forget how fantastic their defense was last season and in 2020 they are a few linebackers and a tackle away from being just as good.
And having that good defense means the Patriots don’t have to score as many points to win ball games, and that takes the pressure off whoever starts under center this season, which could be how Belichick and company shock the world and play a little postseason football next January.
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