It appears Deflategate might be finally over.
An appeals court denied Tom Brady’s motion for a rehearing in the Deflategate trial, meaning Brady’s four-game suspension handed down by the NFL has been upheld. Unless Brady takes this case to the Supreme Court, it appears Brady will miss the first four games of the 2016 season. The Supreme Court likely would be the legal equivalent of a Hail Mary and it’s uncertain that the case would even be heard by the country’s highest court.
This might be a jubilant morning for Jets fans, but it doesn’t directly affect Gang Green. The Jets don’t play New England until Week 12. This means the Jimmy Garoppolo era will actually begin this time and the only good news is the Patriots prepared for this very occurrence last offseason. The second-round pick from Eastern Illinois has promise, but has thrown only 31 passes during his first two seasons.
Garoppolo will have his hands full for his debut as a starting quarterback, as the Patriots will travel to Arizona to face the defending NFC West champion Cardinals for a Sunday night tilt. After that, the Patriots play consecutive home games against Miami, Houston and Buffalo. One thing’s for certain: Bills coach Rex Ryan will be as motivated as ever to give Garoppolo fits and steal a victory in Foxborough, Mass.
It appears the Deflategate saga is finally over, but the results definitely aren’t ideal for Patriots fans. The bigger question will be whether any of New England’s AFC East rivals can actually take advantage of Roger Goodell flexing his muscles and make a run at the division crown.
If the AFC East has taught us anything the past decade, it’s that somehow the Dolphins, Bills and Jets won’t make the most of this gift.