“One thing?” Garoppolo said. “I’d say preparation. That stuff that goes unnoticed. Practice. Tom used to say you could get better in practice every day. The time you spend on the things you didn’t do in college—studying, watching film, the little things, everything. I was able to watch him for three-and-a-half years, and I hope to carry those lessons for the rest of my career.”
“We knew we needed first downs,” Garoppolo said, “and we knew we needed to work the clock. That’s what I learned playing for Coach Belichick. It’s funny you mention that, because I was thinking about that [clock management] on the field. Coach would run through situations like this all the time.”
Quotes like these are why I hope (and think) Garoppolo will be a successful quarterback in the NFL. While he didn't get to play too much in New England, when he was in there, it was easy to see he belonged. His awareness, his footwork and his accuracy were all there. He was more than impressive in his two-game stint at the beginning of the 2016-17 season. Against Miami in Week 2 before he got hurt, he was downright dominant.
On that final drive, he adapted to the situation and knew exactly what he had to do, just like Belichick would've drawn it up.
Garoppolo said he and Brady texted post-game, with Brady congratulating him on the victory. Maybe now that'll shut people up about whether or not they like each other.