Building a Cassel
By Dayne A. Duranti
There is a big ugly bandwagon speeding through New England right now.
It is a rotten old cart of a wagon, filled with bulbous faced drunks and scoundrels. They slug down their swill and they sing
“The only thing we love more than a hero is a fallen one!”
They smell of waste and desperation. They are unclean, loud and unapologetic.
They are the notorious New England bandwagon riders. And they have come for Matt Cassel.
The NFL world is a blaze with talk of Matt Cassel. He has silenced all critics with back to back 400 plus yard games. He has emerged as a leader and has given the Patriots a legitimate chance of making the post season in a year that seemed that all hope was gone.
Tom Brady should be nervous. After all, it seems like Karma to me. Brady did it to Bledsoe, so it was only a matter of time. Speaking of similarities, I see Bill Belichick standing behind Matt Cassel rubbing his hands together and laughing maniacally like a mad scientist. This is a formula. And this is what Bill Belichick had in mind the entire time.
Tom Brady and Matt Cassel’s progress mirror each other so closely that it is creepy.
Weeks 1 and 2 after the takeover, both Brady and Cassel play a lot of run and dink and dunk passes for marginal wins.
Week 3, both Cassel and Brady hit a wall and have awful games.
Week 4. A bye.
In Cassel’s case, Randy Moss goes to Belichick and complains about not getting balls. Belichick assures him of things to come. Moss gets on the Cassel bus and becomes his most vocal supporter, next thing you know, Week 5 Cassel comes out throwing, much like Brady did and connecting etc, etc.
Fast forward to Week 12.
Matt Cassel has given the Patriots some hope, a few losses but all in all, a decent season with playoff hopes. All of a sudden, Bang! Another 400 plus yard game. Two in a row, something Brady never did. Three touchdowns to Moss, everybody is happy.
How far this goes is anyone’s guess at this point, but if the Patriots make the playoffs or better look out. Matt Cassel is a free agent at the end of this season and the Patriots will have a huge decision to make.
Do you let Cassel go? No doubt he will fetch huge money to be a starter somewhere else.
Does Belichick roll the dice, lose Cassel, and gamble on an unsure Brady?
I don’t think he is that stupid.
History seems to repeat itself.
Hold on, here we go again.