New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Wednesday what many might think is obvious - when Tom Brady returns from his 4-game suspension, the starting quarterback's job will be his.
At a press conference at Gillette Stadium the day before the official start of training camp, Belichick was asked repeatedly about Brady's suspension and what he'll do to get backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo ready to fill Brady's shoes.
As long-time fans have come to expect, Belichick didn't say a lot. But he did open up a bit more than usual. Before he was even asked one question, Belichick commented on Brady's suspension, saying it at least helps to at least know what his situation is.
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He said the priority now is to get Garoppolo ready for the season opener against Arizona, but then added that "Tom will return as the starting quarterback when he comes back."
Asked for his thoughts on the outcome of Brady's case, Belichick said he had no comment. He also offered little insight into which quarterback will see the most reps in camp.
"We'll do what we think is best. Whatever we think is best, that's what we're going to do," he said.
The coach was also asked if he has talked to Brady about how to deal with the four weeks he'll be away from the team, and again refused to bite.
"What we've talked about is today and tomorrow and what else I've told you," Belichick said.
Asked if he's spoken with Brady about his decision to drop legal action, Belichick said only, "We're going forward."
He offered a little bit more when asked about the biggest improvement he's seen from Garoppolo.
"Experience, everything. It's everything; all of the things that go into playing football - preparation, execution, knowing the opponent," he said.