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Patriots to Franchise Matt Cassel

Posted on: January 4, 2009 9:41 pm

According to several reports, the New England Patriots are going to make quarterback Matt Cassel their franchise player for the 2009 season. Cassel will be set to make the average of the top five salaries at the position, which will net him around $10 million, more than what Tom Brady will earn.

Cassel finished the final year of his rookie contract the way that players dream to perform in a contract year, not only getting the chance to fill in for Brady, but also putting up impressive numbers and leading the Patriots to an 11-5 record. Although missing the playoffs for the first time since the 2002 season, Cassel was instrumental for a team that lost 14 players to the injured reserve list, including Brady and starting running back Lawrence Maroney.

Cassel's achievements cannot be overlooked for a team whose Super Bowl expectations almost evaporated when Bernard Pollard fell on Brady's knee, forcing him out for the season. It took a few games before Cassel truly hit his form, but by mid-season, he was turning in performances that even Brady had not accomplished.

In week 11, Cassel not only scorched the Jets defense for 400 yards passing, but drove the Patriots down the field with no timeouts to tie the game on a remarkable touchdown pass to Randy Moss. In the following week, Cassel torched the eventual AFC East champion Miami Dolphins for 415 yards. Brady has only recorded one 400+ yard passing game in his entire career.

Although there are whispers of Brady being far behind his rehabilitation schedule; far enough to question his status for the 2009 season. If Brady's knee clears up and he is ready for the season opener, Cassel will be traded to one of a number of teams in need of a quarterback.

Cassel's success, however, should be questioned by other clubs before they make plans to acquire him through a trade. Cassel plays with two Pro Bowl receivers and behind an equally talented offensive line, not to mention Bill Belichick and one of the most sought after assistant coaches in Josh McDaniels. He is younger than Brady, and while some extremists in New England have pondered whether to keep Cassel and trade Brady, it is overwhelming likely that Cassel will be moved if Brady is a go come September.


Since: Oct 11, 2008
Posted on: January 6, 2009 7:07 am

Patriots to Franchise Matt Cassel

You're right, he isn't Tom Brady but you got to admit that he did well in his first full year.  You state that the Pats had no running game.  I'd say that although we didnt have an everydown back we put up some pretty solid running efforts all year.  I'd say Cassel did pretty well getting the Pats to 11-5 and if it wasn't the run game then it had to be all him right?  It certainly wasn't the horrible Defense.

Since: Oct 3, 2008
Posted on: January 6, 2009 3:29 am

Patriots to Franchise Matt Cassel

Might as well pack Brady's bags for Detroit now, because when he comes back and his knee is toast,
the only team that will pick up that tab is the crummy LIONS.

Since: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: January 6, 2009 2:31 am

Patriots to Franchise Matt Cassel


Thou art a stooge.

I don't know if it's a Tom Brady mancrush, or a general lack of understanding, but the guy who you have so cleverly dubbed "Casshole" would start for any of about a dozen other franchises next year if the Pats didn't make this move. Meanwhile, Brady might just decide to pack it in, instead of going through the very uncertain process of coming back from problematic knee reconstruction. He might come back and never get back, or he could shock the world with a full return to his former glory.

In any event, Cassel stepped up in a tough spot and came through, and justice has been served. The Pats didn't make the post-season, but their infrastructure is strong, and you have exposed yourself as an emotionally disturbed stunad. Next year, they will likely return to dominance, and you will remain a fool.  

Since: Apr 11, 2007
Posted on: January 6, 2009 1:13 am

Patriots to Franchise Matt Cassel

This is great!  Casshole is a below average QB vs good teams (Pitt, SD, Indy) but kills the worst pass defense teams in the league like (Jets, Denver, Seattle).  So now the Pats have a mediocre QB that makes so much money they can't upgrade their crap defense.

Casshole has a great offensive line and two of the top five receivers in football.  If he went to any other team with say one good receiver and an average offensive line, this guy we totally blow....

It's so funny how people pick and choose when they look at a team's/player's competition.   SD scores 52 on Denver and everyone counts it as nothing because its againt Demver.  Rightfully so, Denver sucks.

But Casshole throw 50 tds and 5,000 yards vs the worst defenses in the league Seattle, The Jets, Oakland, Denver, Arizona, and a few other bullshit teams and people think this guy is good.

Casshole faced only three good teams this year Pitt, Indy, Sd.  Here are his combined stats.

66-111  59%  576 Yards 0TD 5INT  QB rating "bullshit"

Denver, Oak, Az
1,100+ yards 10TD 0Int

Get it...

Pats fans who think this guy is better than Brady are fools.  The Pats had ZERO running game this year and Casshole had to throw 50 times vs these terrible pass defenses.  Running wasnt an option.  If Brady was forced to do this, he would have 500 yards passing in some of these games.  This guy is no Tom Brady....  But when he played a good team that could pressure him and focused on the pass, Casshole was dead...

Since: Dec 21, 2008
Posted on: January 5, 2009 8:15 pm

Patriots to Franchise Matt Cassel

;  This is a GREAT move on the franchises part. They say it takes two years to get back to where you were before reconstruction surgery, right?. So next year is one year, Carson Palmer? Ok maybe Tom comes back and is back to where he was, great. As for Matt bein a back up, why not he saw how quickly a man goes down for the year, fast under eight minutes!!! Plus ya think he wants to go play for the Lions or god the Jets!!!!  Also if Tom comes back and is not ready well the void is full. The NFL dosnt wait for a guy to get bettter its a right now league, no building a farm league and slowly bringin guys up its lets go right now not next year. Tom could (not to likeky) be the trade fodder, thats todays league.

Since: Nov 10, 2008
Posted on: January 5, 2009 5:28 pm

Patriots to Franchise Matt Cassel

Brady will be pitching for the Cowboys next year!

Since: Jan 30, 2008
Posted on: January 5, 2009 3:34 pm

Patriots to Franchise Matt Cassel

i know i would be a backup for that kind of money! I would love to make that much and know i might not have to play and not have to get hurt!

Since: Nov 3, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2009 2:45 pm

Patriots to Franchise Matt Cassel

This was a smart move by the Pats. I'm sure Cassel is completely aware that either him or Brady will be traded, so this is a win win situation for the Pats and Cassel. The Pats should be able to trade either Brady or Cassel for a high draft pick(s).

Since: Feb 27, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2009 2:08 pm

Patriots to Franchise Matt Cassel

You know they need help in a lot of areas, OL, DL, LB, DB so trading Cassell would be a great thing for them, but they simply can't take that risk. What if Tom Brady goes down again? What if Brady experiences a set back and cant return for the beginning of the season? They have to keep Matt Cassell, because Kevin O'Connell certainly can't get it done given he's only got one year in new england. And there aren't any FA QBs or QBs in the draft who know Bill Belichick's system well enough to step in at the beginning of the season and be effective right away. We saw how Cassell struggled at the beginning and he had been in that system for years. I think this is a great move for the Patriots. My only question is, does Cassell want to be a backup?

Since: Dec 10, 2008
Posted on: January 5, 2009 12:22 pm

Patriots to Franchise Matt Cassel

I hope that no one is surprised by this. With Tom Brady coming of a major knee injury that seems to not be healing as quickly as expected, the Patriots had to cover there backs at the QB position.  Cassel would have been a hot commodity on the free agent market and franchising him gives the Patriots the option of trading him or Brady when the time comes. (the Patriots are the perfect model for any NFL franchise, no loyalties lead to championships)

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