FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- News that the Indianapolis Colts plan to start former New England Patriots quarterback Jacoby Brissett for Sunday's home game against the Arizona Cardinals brought a smile to Jimmy Garoppolo's face.
"I'm happy for him, I really am," Garoppolo said Friday. "He's a great guy, a great friend of mine. I wish him nothing but the best. It's exciting."
Garoppolo noted that Brissett's first start with the Colts will come against the same Cardinals team that Garoppolo made his first career start against for New England last season (a 23-21 win in Arizona). When he first heard the news, he reached out to Brissett.
"It was just a quick text, just good luck and everything, wished him the best. Hopefully he does well," he relayed.
Brissett is the latest quarterback who began his career in New England to earn a place on another team's depth chart, joining Matt Cassel (Titans), Brian Hoyer (49ers) and Ryan Mallett (Ravens). Cassel and Mallett are both backups, while Hoyer has opened the season as San Francisco's starter.
That could be viewed as a strong endorsement of how the Patriots develop quarterbacks.
"I've never been anywhere else, so I don't know any different [but] they do a great job of teaching us the game here, offensively. They teach us the defenses. ... Obviously something is working," Garoppolo said.
As for his own situation, Garoppolo was asked about Brissett getting a chance to start while he patiently waits behind Tom Brady, and how he reconciles that turn of events.
"I try not to think about it too much. I always kind of think that things have a way of working out and everything happens for a reason," he responded. "I love being here. It's been a great three years going on four now, and so we have to keep it rolling."