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Bill Belichick Mocks the Idea of a Quarterback Controversy, But Should He?

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Is there a quarterback controversy in New England? Oh, Bill Belichick will squash that idea rather quickly, thank you very much.

After the Kansas City Chiefs dismantled the Patriots, 41-14, Monday night, Comcast’s Mike Giardi asked the Patriots head coach if the quarterback position would be evaluated during the week leading up to Sunday’s game against the Bengals. Tom Brady was benched in the fourth quarter after one of the worst performances of his Hall of Fame career, throwing a pair of picks in the dreadful loss, paving the way for Jimmy Garoppolo’s first NFL experience. The rookie led a touchdown drive capped by a Rob Gronkowski catch.

Is there a chance Brady should be looking over his shoulder?

We’ll take that either as a “No, are you [bleeping] kidding me?” or Belichick’s admission that he doesn’t really know how to answer that question.

Giardi’s CSN colleague Ty Law playfully – at least, we think – suggested that the journalist who asked the question should be fired during Comcast’s post-game coverage, and then later, along with cohort Troy Brown, laughed off the suggestion that Garoppolo could see more playing time depending how badly this season spirals downward for New England.

But Giardi’s was a valid question, especially after Brady’s atrocious outing in Kansas City. He’s not getting benched, even with only four touchdown passes and a 79.1 QB rating on the season. He’s on pace to throw only 16 TD passes. The fewest he’s ever thrown in a season previously was in 2001, when he had 18 over 14 games.

Brady isn’t infallible, a matter people around here don’t want to face. At 37 with fewer tools surrounding him than ever before, the point where Belichick needs to move on from Brady may be closer than anyone wants to admit.

Is there a quarterback controversy in New England? No.

Should there be?

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