Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Deja Vu?

Even without Tom Brady, the Patriots' offense under Matt Cassel has been the strength of the team as the defense has struggled. Raise your hand if you saw that coming.

In the meantime there is a very real possibility that the unheralded backup quarterback who had to step in for the famous starter might have to help the team run the table in order for the Patriots to make the postseason. Coincidence, or shades of 2001?


GoodLiberal said...

I can't see him staying on myself. The confluence of Brady coming back and having spent a draft pick on O'Connell means that Cassell would be a luxury that we can't afford. Let's spend some cap space on a lock-down CB, a replacement LB for Bruschi or pass rusher, an OL who can deal with Harrison or Farrior, or a RB who can rush for over 1000 yards. Brady or O'Connell will do just fine.

dcat said...

GoodLib --
You're almost certainly right -- it would be uncharacteristic of the Pats to devote such a huge salary to a second quarterback. For one, it would make Cassel higher paid than Brady. For another, tha Pats simply do not work that way -- the only thing I wonder is about a franchising/sign/trade, but I'm not even sure how that would work. It's great the Pats got this year out of his, yesterday's ugliness notwithstanding, but the timing is a bit of a bummer!
And to think lots of people thought they should have jettisoned Cassel for Gutierrez in the preseason!