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Bill Belichick still fawning over Jimmy Garoppolo even after dumping Tom Brady

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With the New England Patriots set to face off against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 7, the matchup presents an opportunity for Pats head coach Bill Belichick to rekindle an old flame with 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who Belichick himself coached for three seasons in New England as a backup to the great Tom Brady.

When asked about his thoughts on Garappolo, Belichick had nothing but good things to say about the 28-year-old QB:

“Jimmy is a good quarterback,” Belichick said, via Josh Alper of NBC Sports. “He took them to the NFC championship last year — won the NFC championship — so I think he’s certainly been able to have a high level of achievement and accomplishment out there. They signed him to a contract that showed they have confidence in him as their quarterback. I don’t think any of that is all that surprising. I think we all know Jimmy is a good player.”

Garoppolo is coming off an impressive performance for the 49ers, as he led the team to a win over the Los Angeles Rams in Week 6.

The former second-round pick connected on 23-of-33 passes for 268 yards and three touchdowns. He will be hoping for a repeat performance in Week 7 as he faces of his former coach and his former team.

During his stint in New England, Garoppolo served as the primary backup of Tom Brady, who himself is now with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This trio have quite a history between them, and they were pretty successful during their time together with the Patriots.