Can 49ers Garoppolo buck ‘Brady Backup Bunch' curse?

CHICAGO — Jimmy Garoppolo gets his turn now to start elsewhere after backing up Tom Brady in New England, a transition that hasn’t worked well for four other quarterbacks the Patriots traded away the past 15 years.

"I don’t know you can really compare any player, especially backups that were there before him," said Chicago Bears coach John Fox, whose team will host Garoppolo and the 49ers on Sunday.

"Everybody tries to clump things in this league," Fox added. "The reality is all these players are different and they respond differently to the situations they’re in. Everything I’ve seen of Jimmy, he’s going to be a guy that I think is going to do well in this league."

Garoppolo said Wednesday he’s exchanged text messages this week with Brady and Jacoby Brissett, who the Patriots dealt to the Indianapolis Colts on Sept. 2. "It’s nice to keep in touch with those guys," Garoppolo said.

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Here is how the Brady Backup Bunch has fared after getting dealt by the Patriots:

Drew Bledsoe

Traded to Bills: April 22, 2002, for 2003 first-round pick

What they said then: "If we’re flabbergasted, we’re flabbergasted that there weren’t more teams that got involved in it. Everybody talks about the need for quarterbacks. All we know is, we’re happy we were in that position and had a chance to do this." — Bills president and general manager Tom Donahoe.

How he did: Did not reach the playoffs in three seasons with the Bills, going 8-8, 6-10 and 9-7, before finishing his career with the Cowboys the next two years.

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Matt Cassel

Traded to Chiefs: March 1, 2009, with Mike Vrabel for No. 34 overall draft pick

What they said then: "It is very easy to root for guys like Matt Cassel, who do everything the right way and flourish as a result. As much as we would have loved to continue working with Matt, we wish him nothing but the best as he takes this next step forward in his career." – Patriots Bill Belichick.

"I have a long history with both players. Mike and Matt are men that I respect both personally and professionally. I look forward to having them as new members of the Chiefs family." Scott Pioli, Kansas City’s general manager & former Patriots executive. ”

How he did: After going 10-5 with the Patriots in 2008 as Brady’s replacement, Cassel posted a 4-11 mark his first season in Kansas City, rebounded with a 10-5 record and playoff berth in 2010, and ultimately posted a 19-28 mark over four seasons. He’s since bounced to the Vikings, Bills, Cowboys and currently is a Titans backup. He’s 26-40 as a post-Patriots starter.

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Ryan Mallett

Traded to Texans: Aug. 31, 2014, for 2016 seventh-round pick

What they said then: "New England did a smart thing where they took him. He’s developed in that system over time. He hasn’t had a chance to play, of course, but the fact that he’s been in the NFL for this long, he’s seen game plans, he understands how to prepare each week. So that, he’s got that kind of experience." Rick Smith, Texans GM

How he did: He went 2-4 as the Texans starter before getting released midway through the 2015 season, subsequently joining the Ravens, where he remains Joe Flacco’s backup. Mallett went 1-1 with the Texans in 2014 before a season-ending pectoral tear. He lost the starting job to Brian Hoyer out of camp in 2015, regained it and went 1-3 before his release. He is 3-5 all-time as a starter. He went 1-1 in his last starts to finish 2015 as the Ravens fill-in.

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Jacoby Brissett

Traded to Colts: Sept. 2, 2017, for wide receiver Phillip Dorsett

What they said then: "The 6-foot-4, 235-pound Brissett, 24, is coming off perhaps one of the greatest preseason performances by a quarterback in NFL history on Thursday, as he completed 28-of-39 passes for 341 yards with four touchdowns and an interception — adding a rushing touchdown, as well — in the Patriots’ 40-38 loss to the New York Giants at Gillette Stadium." – Colts press release

How he’s done: He’s gone 3-7 as the Colts starter, enduing a league-high 43 sacks while completing 60.7 percent of his passes with nine touchdowns and five interceptions. He threw for a career-high 314 yards in a 26-23 win over the 49ers on Oct. 8. After Garoppolo got hurt in Week 2 last season, Brissett went 1-1 as the Patriots starter until Brady returned from suspension.