Credit where credit is due


Sure they lost. Sure they propelled the Jets to first in the division for the first time since 2001. Sure he looks like a gimmicky morning radio show host at a beauty pagent, but give the guy some credit. A man that is a career back-up has stepped into the NFL starting role on one of the best teams ever, and is performing adequetly. To say that Cassell did enough to win last night is an understatement. He was 30-51 for 400 yards, 3 TDs, no TOs, and threw a perfect game tying TD with 1 second left. Those are Graham Harrell-like numbers, who says you can’t run the spread offense in the NFL? It’s not like he doesn’t have the options. We aren’t talking about the Denver Broncos here. I know there are plenty of people out there who snuck on their fantasy football waiver wire to pick up Benjarvus Green-Ellis, and surely must have liked his 9 yards this week.

This is a team that lines up with no RBs, and it isn’t Tom Brady standing back there. You know he is going to pass, and somehow he tends to get the job done. He has one of the best deep threats in the league, and he can’t throw the deep ball, but he is hitting those underneath routes instead. Comandering a TD drive in a minute from his own 38. He is moving the chains, and can scramble on top of it. With the exception of the San Diego game, Cassell has given the Patriots a chance every game. He is by no means a replacement for Tom Brady, or for any starting QB for that matter, but I will admit he is doing a stellar job. Kudos to Bill Belichick for not rushing out to sign Daunte Cullpepper or Chris Simms. He won’t be winning the Super Bowl, dating world class super models, or winning MVP awards, but Matt Cassell is doing a fine job. Just like my fantasy football team, just make it to the playoffs, and anything can happen.

We are talking about a league where Rex Grossman took a team to the Super Bowl, anything can happen.


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