Its time for it all to come together with...... The leader of the field... The field general.
Matt Cassel's time in New England was memorable. Brady got hurt, and this QB would hadn't seen playing time since high school, was at the helm for the Patriots to save the season. If you were like me, I didn't give the guy much of a chance. My bad. How was I suppose to know he would lead that team to an 11-5 mark. Usually good enough to get into the playoffs, not that year. That team was robbed, plain and simple. Then comes the firing of King Carl, and in the "Don" Scott Pioli. A shrewd evaluator of talent.
He had a hand in picking a lonely USC QB who was under another NFL caliber QB in Carson Palmer. This would turn out to be a great pick. So along with Pioli comes Cassel and Vrabel. Knowing that this is a rebuilding team, he knew the quarterback situation and didn't have a starting QB. We all expected him to be Tom Brady-ish, but he didn't look that impressive. The "O"- line had something to do with it, but alot of times Cassel was just holding the ball too long. You can't deny that. Last year Cassel had his moments, and faulters and at the end of the season this is what we're left with.
Cassel's stats: Overall Ranking 25th
*7 spots away from JaMarcus "Hustle" *1 spot under Bulger, *1 above Stafford
|Incomplete Pass Information|
|Pass Attempted||Completions||Total Incomplete|
|Type||Number||Pct of Incomp||Pct of Overall Attempts|
|Pass Hit at Line||15||6.8||3.0|
Given this is his 3rd year actually starting, He reminded me of Trent Green his first year here. 296/523 made - attempted, 17 tds - 24 ints, sacked 39 times for 198 yds lost, game pass 56.6%, overall 71.1% rating. Looks very similar. I think Cassel might have what it takes to get the job done. This year should pan out better for him.
Next....Did someone say poor tackling? It's the "D"s turn... Linemen Up!!!