What If Tom Brady Isn't Ready for the 2009 New England Patriots?

Matt ConstantCorrespondent IMarch 15, 2009

In recent months, it seems that all we've heard about Tom Brady is his marriage to Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen.

Well, one question for every Patriots fan is, "Will Brady be ready for next season?"

The backups are now Kevin O'Connell (coming into his second year after being selected in the draft) and no-namer Matt Gutierrez. Are we confidant these guys can replace Brady if he is not 100 pecent?

If Brady is not ready for next year, then let's look at possible free agents we could bring in and the current backups.

Matt Gutierrez was signed by New England in 2007 as an undrafted free agent, and he made the team as a third-string quarterback behind current Chief Matt Cassel.

In Gutierrez's career, he has one attempt, one completion, 15 yards, and zero touchdowns. Guiterrez has shown promise in training camp and pre-season.

Kevin O'Connell was drafted by the Patriots in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft and he played at San Diego State University. I like him a lot because he is a big, athletic quarterback, weighing 225 pounds and standing 6'6". He has a great arm and decent accuracy.

Here are some of the possible free agents.

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Charlie Batch played for Pittsburgh, and he was a decent backup with a good arm, but he is entering his 12th season.

Kyle Boller, who used to play for the Ravens, has shown either brilliance or failure in his career. He is a decent backup.

Jeff Garcia is a proven leader, and he can still put up decent stats.

Patrick Ramsey is available from the Broncos, and he can get the job done even if he does it poorly.

J.P. Losman is available out of Buffalo. He was a first-rounder and could be a good back up.

These are just a few ideas.


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