“All of us bear in mind the scene: It was Week one of many NFL season, and the Patriots had been enjoying the Chiefs. Every part was going high-quality till Bernard Pollard delivered a crunching blow to Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady. We bear in mind Brady being helped off of the sphere, however we in all probability don’t bear in mind it in addition to Matt Cassel.

Cassel had been residing in Tom Brady’s shadow. Because the backup quarterback, he watched Brady lead the Patriots to an undefeated season in 2007, and he watched because the Patriots knocked off one opponent after one other in playoffs, then he watched the devastating loss to the Giants within the greatest sport of all, the Tremendous Bowl.

Through the preseason video games, Cassel had began many of the video games due to Brady nursing an harm that he had suffered in ’07, however when the Pats acquired able to face the Chiefs, Brady was able to get again to enjoying NFL soccer.

As a substitute, he suffered a season-ending knee harm.

Proper then, the funeral bells for the Patriots’ season began to play, and boy, did they play loud. Right here they had been, loads of expertise and all, however that they had a child below heart as a substitute of the most effective QBs to play the sport. Cassel hadn’t even began a sport since highschool (1999); he wasn’t even worthy to tie Tom Brady’s cleats.

However then, everybody remembered again to when Drew Bledsoe was the starter, he had suffered an harm and right here got here a rookie who had been drafted within the sixth spherical of the draft from Michigan. His identify was Tom Brady.

Brady and the Pats went to the Tremendous Bowl that 12 months and surprised the Rams in New Orleans by profitable the title. They then went on to win two different rings and let one other slip by them.

Was it doable that the Pats may have good luck once more?

Nicely, one factor is for certain, Matt Cassel is not any Tom Brady, however then, no person is asking him to be. The followers, coaches, and even the gamers need him to play soccer like Matt Cassel is meant to play soccer, and moreover, he’s extra of a speeding risk than Brady was.

After Tom Brady recovers, you may make certain that the beginning job will nonetheless be his, however Cassel could discover himself a distinct crew if he performs nicely this season, a crew the place he’s the starter.

Kansas Metropolis is sorta kinda in search of a quarterback, with his crunching knee hit, Bernard Pollard could have discovered them one. Or perhaps he’ll go to Minnesota or some other place, however one factor is for certain, Matt Cassel won’t ever reside in Tom Brady’s shadow once more.”

I wrote this text in November of 2008. Matt Cassel did certainly play nicely and he ought to’ve led the Patriots into the playoffs. In any case, an 11-5 document is normally ok, proper?

Nicely, it wasn’t ok, and the Patriots had been caught watching others play for the Lombardi Trophy.

After the season was over, the Patriots positioned the franchise tag on Cassel, and plenty of thought that Cassel could be sitting on the Patriots’ bench holding a clipboard subsequent 12 months whereas Tom Brady would convey the Patriots storming again into the Tremendous Bowl scene with weapons blazing.

However that was to not be.

Cassel, together with veteran linebacker Mike Vrabel, was traded to the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs for the Chiefs’ second-round choose within the draft (No. 34 total).

Some name {that a} steal.

However the Patriots need to get youthful, and with Cassel and Vrabel gone, they’ve much more cap house. 

Furthermore, their second spherical picks normally change into starters inside just a few years, so the Patriots could have gotten extra out of the commerce than we notice.

We’ll simply have to attend and see, however one factor is for certain: Invoice Belichick certain did not get these three Tremendous Bowl rings by serving to different groups.

He is acquired extra up the sleeves of that Patriots’ hoody than you or I’ll ever notice.

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