posted at 11/25/2008 4:54 AM EST
I applaude all those who dismissed this notion as pure "Johnny-come-lately" and "What have you done for me lately" nonesense. Matt is going to be a very good, maybe great, quaterback for someone. Not New England. Tom Brady has at least 3 or 4 more prime seasons left in him. Probably closer to 5.I Will venture out on a frozen limb (after all...I am up here in Maine ya know) and predict that by the end of the next 5 years Brady will have more Super Bowl Trophies then Matt will have in his first 5 seasons as a starter. Good QBs can win one super bowl. Great QBs sometimes win two...Legends win 3 or 4 or 5 or....
Tom Brady is the Micheal Jordan of Football. In his prime.
Whats even more foolish about this topic is that after the first 1/3 of the season most of these same people were retired scouts, laid off assitant pro head coaches, 45 year veterans of sports reporting, ex players who got cut due to a freak ankle injury....or at least thats what it seemed. Everyone,almost to a poster, said that Kevin should be in getting "time"...Cassell sucked so bad we shoul just give the 3rd stringer a shot.
I guess one knee jerk over reaction deserves another. Nothing is ever as blindingly wonderfull or patheticly putrid as it seems. That is, what we here in OPEN MINDED-VIlle call an even keeled assessment based on complete bodies of work. Not snippets.
A few months ago many thought Cassell should be bagging or flipping. Now they are talking of him replacing Brady. Does that sound like even keeled?
I love to watch Matt play now. He is getting better and better. It sure is fun. As a fan its a treat that I thought would never be heaped upon us. For that I am greatfull. I plan on dining on its brilliance every week until the final horn blows. He will go on to better things for himself and we will be getting a better QB back for our team. No harm no foul.
Smiles all around...right?
This is the best quote I've seen on here so far. That said there's a lot on this topic (after having read almost all of the posts on here) that's not getting mentioned.
The Pats have a QB that they just took in the 3rd round waiting in the wings as the successor to Brady. You think they don't think they can make him a star after what they have done with Cassel? With that said, the Pats WILL OFFER Cassel a contract next year because of the unknown regarding Tom's knee and also as insurance against it. Cassel would obviously have to accept a top back-ups pay (and not a starters), but he just might be smart enough to take less and roll the dice that he's New England's starting QB whenenver Tom's done...he may even start the season next year as Tom gets healthy, but i'll admit this is an unlikely scenario...unless they can work out a one year deal so that Cassel knows he won't be stuck behind TB for long if he comes back to near full health. This way both Cassel and the Pats could be potentially happy as Cassel gets the possibility to stick with the best organization in the NFL to see if he gets another shot at being the QB if Tom goes down again or can't get back and the Pats get some insurance for Tom for a year. Cassel seems like a smart and reasonable guy who just might be willing to take that chance...still it's probably doubtful as his agent will be telling him to strike while the iron is hot...just like the rest of these idiots who have left NE for the $$. Having fun Asante? Deion? Givens? Milloy?
The talk of Cassel getting franchised seems ridiculous...the Pats wouldn't be able to trade him because the other teams would have too much leverage in knowing that the Pats HAD to get rid of him because they CAN'T get stuck paying that kind of money for a backup.
Worst case is we lose Cassel to FA, bring in a vet backup for a year till they're comfortable with O'Connell, and hope Tom's ready for opening day.
The NE Patriots QB is Tom Brady until he proves otherwise. It's not as much about respecting him for what he's done as much as it is respecting him for what he still can do. Believe me, Brady is as hungry for another SB as anyone on the planet. He wants to go down as the BEST EVER...that's what's made him so great to begin with...and 3 SB's is not going to cut it for him in his mind. The Pats are easily his best chance to do it and he knows this and isn't going to have time to waste getting to know a new system with a coaching staff he doesn't trust nearly as much as BB and company. So forget all this talk about leaving NE just to be closer to his kid...I'm sure he'll make plenty of time to see him this year while he can, knowing that when he gets back to health it'll be 5 years of football and then as much QT with the kid as he wants. All you fools who think he's all about the girls and the money and the lifestyle haven't noticed what kind of competitor this guy is...and it's not like he's coming off a down year either folks.
It'll be interesting to see what happens to the knee-jerkers if Cassel happens to have a bad start against the Steelers this week, who happen to have the best D in NFL...check the stats...they've been scary good, the good news is that until this past week against the Bengals Roethlisberger has been off. Look for our D to bounce back and for it to be a 20-17 type game. It's a BIG ONE. Go Pats!