In a league known to egregiously lack patience for developing its young quarterbacks, being able to sit and learn behind one of the best to ever play the game should come with many advantages.
Albeit, there are some drawbacks to following in the footsteps of greatness, such as the added pressure of heightened expectations and having to match such a high standard of play. But depending on the point of view, those perceived negatives could actually be a benefit in the long run.
Guys like Steve Young, Aaron Rodgers and Andrew Luck know all too well what it’s like to follow greatness, and you can image that doing so helped fire their competitive spirit to eclipse the men that came before them.
Can a small-school rookie by the name of Jimmy Garoppolo become the next in line to lead and sustain the Patriots' storied dynasty? In order to find out, we’re going to have to wait until Tom Brady either retires or suffers an injury.
In the meantime, Garoppolo is afforded the opportunity to watch and learn from Brady and the entire process of greatness in the making. By the time his chance comes to take over, he should have a chance to fully assimilate to the NFL and acquire the work habits of a great quarterback, all while absorbing as much knowledge as he can from a legendary coach with an ever-expanding coaching tree.
In the end, few organizations, if any, are run better than the New England Patriots. Their ability to stay competitive each and every year despite the parity brought on by free agency has commanded the respect of the entire league.
Any quarterback could do a lot worse than to get one of the finest football educations in the world at the University of the New England Patriots.
Ryan Riddle is a former NFL player who writes for Bleacher Report.
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