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How involved will Brady be with the team & Cassel going forward?

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  1. BradyManny

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    I'm guessing there's probably no doubt that Tom Brady has been a huge part in the development of Matt Cassel up to this point in Cassel's career. Will the ACL rehabilitation process prevent this from continuing? Or will Brady have the opportunity to provide the same guidance & support for Cassel that Drew gave him in 01?

    If the opportunity presents itself, I can see Brady almost being another offensive coach on this squad. We know he is basically 3rd on the list in the decision making process in the offense, right up there with McD and BB and is part of the game-planning meetings. Will this continue? Will he be on the sidelines during games to point out things to Cassel?

    I fear the answer is "no" simply due to the nature of the injury. But I sincerely hope not. Because I can see Brady really contributing, despite being on IR, this year by helping shape Cassel into a backup that can take this extremely talented team into the playoffs.
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    I think on the field he'd be a HUGE distraction.
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    you cant stand on a repaired knee so the question answers its self

    cassel has had 4 years to prepare, time to show what you got
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    How so? No knock on McD who is obviously a great coach, but Brady has invaluable amounts of experience & knowledge that the OC has no way of beginning to convey to Cassel. Why not have that asset available during a game?
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    I think him being on the field would be a huge boost. I know he woulld be there rooting people on and giving Cassele his backing,and advice.
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    i dont think you will see brady. unless he wants to and able to very late in the season. BB doesnt like injured players on the sideline and i think it will be a distraction to everyone unintentionally.
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    My guess, Tom will be sending him emails and talking to him on the phone as mentor and friend. I would not be shocked if Tom spends some of his time in bed watching game tapes so he can make detailed suggestions. When healthy enough he will sit in Kraft's box for home games.

    Having him on the sidelines would be a huge distraction.
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    Sure, but Brady's genius is diagnosing a play as he stand in front of it.
    That won't help Cassel and it will amplify the "Tom could have pulled that off" factor everytime something doesn't go right for Matt.

    I'd love it, on TV, but in a real situation, I think it's a bad idea.
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    I think that Brady will be as helpful to Cassel as Bledsoe was to Brady. Brady will be there as much as he possibly can. Now I don't know if I expect him to be there this Sunday, depending on when his surgery is skedded for, but as soon as he can be there to help he will be.

    I disagree with the assessment he'd be a distraction. Having a guy there that knows as much as Brady can only help.
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    Personally, I think we'll hear that all season long regardless. But, you raise an interesting point - would Brady's presence, whether on the sidelines at some point in the season, or around the facility during the week, be a detriment to the team's acceptance of Cassel as QB. I still say no, I think Brady's presence can only help.
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    Co-sign, my feelings as well.
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    Brady is still a member of the TEAM. I would love for him to participate in whatever capacity he can. Watch film, prepare for the next opponent, offer advice, whatever he can do...
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    I agree, not to mention he will need to be off his feet for quite a while after the surgery.
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    I don't see Brady even putting himself in the position to be a distraction or remotely acting like one at all. He'll be on the sidelines at some point I'm sure, and he'll be nothing but the best possible supporter while he's there. If he's there at all. I think he'll leave that decision up to BB actually.

    Either way, Brady will exert his leadership skills from afar if he has to, be it by email, text, or phone. Physical restrictions aside, he'll do whatever BB thinks is best-that's how he's always rolled and I don't see this injury changing that.

    If BB says "we could use your presence", Brady will be there, on crutches, in a wheelchair, or on a freakin stretcher if he had to.

    It's Cassel's show,Brady's still the QB, but BB's still the Word.
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    Whether we think having Brady around or not would be a distraction is pretty moot. And if you if you followed the preseason at all you already know BB's stance on whether he prefers to have Brady at a game in which Cassel is playing or not.
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    if they make the playoffs i think we will see him there but otherwise its just a distraction not from a media standpoint but from what the other players are doing there with cassell. Plus , BB protects his injured playerÅ› injury specifics so if he has to be on crutches or wheelchair, BB wouldnt want anyone to see that.
    i want to know from people who know about ACLÅ› , how long it takes to walk after surgery without crutches.
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    Brady will do whatever he can to help Cassel succeed at running this offense in his absence. Whenever he can. May not be visible early on, but he will be a presence. And a lot more helpful than Drew for two reasons - Cassel doesn't represent a slight or threat to him and he actually knows the offense as well as opponents defenses and can give better council than just f'in sling it.
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    I feel like he will be doing alot of behind the scenes things, you wont be seeing much of him on the sidelines, but he will still be apart of the offense, giving his advice.
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    One would think someone the likes of Brady would be an exception?
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