Morning sports update: Bill Belichick talked about the decision to trade Jimmy Garoppolo in 2017

"He came from a situation where we thought he’d need some development, and I think he did."

Jimmy Garoppolo with Bill Belichick during the 2014 preseason. Barry Chin/Globe Staff

On Monday, the Revolution lost to the Philadelphia Union, 2-1. New England faces Nashville on Friday at 8:30 p.m.

Tonight, Game 1 of the World Series between the Dodgers and Rays gets underway at 8:09 p.m.

Bill Belichick on Jimmy Garoppolo: With the Patriots set to play the 49ers on Sunday at 4:25 p.m., it’s been another opportunity to revisit an impactful quarterback roster decision.

The Patriots traded Jimmy Garoppolo — a New England second-round pick in 2014 — to the 49ers in 2017 for another second-round pick. It was a bittersweet moment for Bill Belichick, who had drafted Garoppolo and watched him develop as the Patriots’ backup behind Tom Brady.


“He came from a situation where we thought he’d need some development, and I think he did,” Belichick told 49ers reporters on Monday. “But he worked very hard to improve, particularly playing under center, dropping back under center, his mechanics, and turning his back on a defense. Things like that you don’t do all the time when you’re in shotgun all the time, like he was in college. Reading coverages and seeing things at this level that are a lot different from college.”

In his third season, Garoppolo played two games during Brady’s “Deflategate” suspension in 2016, leading New England to wins both times (leaving the second game due to injury).


“He handled that well,” Belichick said of Garoppolo filling in for Brady. “He showed a lot of toughness and leadership in the opportunities he got to play for us or practice. When Tom wasn’t able to practice sometimes during the week, he’d step in there and did things at a very high level.”

But New England — for variously reported reasons — couldn’t keep both Brady and Garoppolo. In the end, Belichick sent him to a favorable situation with the 49ers and offensively-minded head coach Kyle Shanahan.

“Everybody here had a lot of confidence in him,” Belichick explained. “It’s one of those situations where you’re just not able to keep all the players based on how the system is set up. It’s understandable.”


Looking at the quarterback’s situation now, Belichick is proud of Garoppolo.

“I’m glad that it’s worked out for him in San Francisco,” said Belichick, even jokingly adding that, “I hope it doesn’t work out on Sunday. But otherwise, I’m happy he’s had an opportunity to play for a great coach and a great organization and play on a great team.

“He deserves that,” Belichick continued. “He’s certainly worked hard and earned it. I’m happy for him and his family.”

Trivia: The UEFA Champions League returns today, with a full slate of games. Real Madrid have a chance to extend the club’s all-time lead in trophies in the prestigious competition (currently on 13). What club currently ranks second?


(Answer at the bottom).

Hint: They last won in 2007, defeating Liverpool in the final.

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