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That is the QB, the leader of the team. Not specifically Tom Brady, he is a great fiery leader, but the QB position in general is your field general. He is the heart and soul of a team, he is the one who rally's the troops, give the Defense a reason to fight so hard, and the team in general to rally to the cause.
It shows that we lack fire and intesity on both sides of the ball. No one is stepping up to fill the leadership role that TB brought to the team week in and week out.
I know everyone is dumping on Cassel as an indivdual talent, and I agree, the man can't play the position at this point in time... But on top of not being able to be solid and good, he lacks the ability to lead, he hasn't accepted the responsbility of leading the players. something that is tough for a young player to do int he face of grizzeled Veterans but something he needs to figure out.
Call a players only meeting, something, rally the troops... get them ready to fight down in the trenches for him...
Right now, the biggest issue facing this team is the lack of desire in the trenches, which to me, is 70% morale and mental state. The D line simply looks uninspired... the Offense line looks unwilling to do what it takes, and the entire team looks dead.
For proof, re-watch the game, and focus on Wes Welkers face on every play he is involved in... Look at the body language of Randy moss after dropping or missing a catch...
And for the ultimate example, look at Matt Cassel as he deliberately throws the ball into the ground a few times late in the game giving up on the play. He acts as if he could do nothing else... not good for Morale for the players watching that.
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I agree with this thread.
He lacks the leadership required of a QB bc last time he lead he was 17 years old. He's used to running the scout team and that's how it looks out there...
There is no fire, there is no burning desire I was a 6th round pick and I will prove you all wrong.
Instead, we get the 'I backed up Palmer, Leinart, and Brady' guy who is happy with that. Madden was saying last night how he was content being the backup at USC because of the quality of the education??
That goes to show you something about his competitive spirit. Is Cassel enjoying his educational experience here on the PATS??
If I was a player on the team, I would look at Cassel and see a career backup who used to run the scout team and now runs the starting O as if it was the scout team.
I might be flamed for this, but if Cassel, had 10% of the heart of Brett, Brady, Peyton... He just lacks heart, passion, and a love of the game.
For those of you that are into the draft, how many times do we hear the Pats love drafting 'football players'? Cassel is not that from what I've seen. He looks like a high school QB out there. Focusing on his first and second read before looking to tuck.
I disagree with the abstractions about leadership, heart, soul. Matt needs to do very specific things to lead this team (as a result, not as a direct action). Namely, complete passes, find the open man, sustain drives, and think quickly. Once that happens, your leadership, or heart and soul, will appear to be there. But the real work is being done simply by doing your job well.