Matt Cassel Proves Tom Brady Is a System Quarterback


Published: April 14, 2009


... it go unaddressed simply because those of us who respect what Tom Brady has done are bored by it.

And, trust me, it is a boring assault on his legacy.

By now, everyone knows the story.

Tom Terrific went down in the opening frames of the 2008 season. Matt Cassel stepped in and seamlessly guided the New England Patriots to an 11-5 record—good for a first-place tie atop the American Football Conference East and a mere tie-breaker away from a postseason berth.

A stellar season to be sure and all the more so because Cassel hadn't started a football game since his days in high school.

Despite being a back-up to Carson Palmer and Matt Leinhart at USC without ever netting a single start, the new Pats QB shook off the rust and butterflies to bring the team back from the brink.  He jumped into some enormous shoes and made almost everyone forget about the best quarterback in the National Football League.

Along the way, he tossed f...

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