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    Great read:
    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/columns/story?columnist=garber_greg&id=3583499

    ["Matt Cassel -- aka, the Cass Dog," Flutie reminisced Wednesday. "First day, he steps into a meeting -- I had played 20-plus years of pro football, Tom had done all he's accomplished in the NFL -- and he can't understand why he didn't have equal say. Matt didn't get that. "Tom and I wouldn't give him the time of day in meetings. When he'd stand up with all these great ideas, Josh McDaniels, the offensive coordinator, was like, 'OK, Cass, settle down over there.' We were constantly trying to keep him in his place, but his personality wouldn't allow it."]

    ["Even back to day one," Flutie said, "the offensive line used to come back and say, 'Hey, there's something about this kid.' He always had a swagger every time he stepped under center." .... How, exactly, do you develop a swagger when you don't play? "I don't know," said Flutie. "I do not know, but it is there. The confidence level's amazing."

    [He was a terrific ballplayer from a baseball family -- his brothers Jack and Justin are both professionals, with the Houston Astros and Chicago White Sox organizations, respectively -- and he received a number of full scholarship offers. He decided instead to play football at the University of Southern California. A good call, according to Bill Coan, his coach at Chatsworth. Cassel, he said, was too aggressive for baseball, the kind of guy who was waiting for Coan when he opened up the weight room at 6 a.m. "Vivacious -- he is just 100 percent go all the time," Coan said Thursday. "He is just on fire, mentally aggressive, physically aggressive. If you aren't careful, he will come up and grab you and hug you and slap you on the butt."]

    [The only award Cassel won playing football at USC was the Howard Jones/Football Alumni Club academic award as the upperclassman with the highest grade point average (3.8). "He got caught in a bad situation," said UCLA offensive coordinator Norm Chow, who was USC's offensive coordinator from 2001 through 2004. "We moved him to tight end, and one year he went out and played baseball. Turned out he pitched for one year and got drafted into big league baseball."]
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    Great stuff from Flutie.
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    Even after reading tons of articles about this I am still in bewilderment that a guy who has never started since high school is about to start his first NFL game ever, for a team that went 16-0 the year before.

    The ratings for Sunday could be the highest of the season.
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    They'll be the highest...to date. Of course it's week 2.

    The ratings pick up significantly once baseball ends and the weather gets cooler.
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    #12 Jersey

    This is not the guy I met for a few seconds at a charity event.

    I hereby withdraw everything I've ever posted based on my limited personal observation of him one evening.

    But yeah -- he did carry himself like a star, which frankly put me off given the reality of the situation.

    I sure hope he lives up to it now. :)
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    When Flutie left he made it pretty clear that one reason was because he realized Cassel had passed him on the depth chart, and like most sane veterans he didn't want to submit to the grind with no shot at playing just to cash a paycheck. He said at the time we would be fine with Cassel as the backup, just not a lot of folks tend to listen...
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    We will see how his talent will help us in the next few games.
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    That link is just mental masturabation, and his methods and thinking and assumptions are flawed.

    I also clicked on his 'part II' link and it's just more of the same flawed, mental masturbation. I'd rather not waste my time explaining why but it's filled with holes and illogical assumptions. For one thing, look at how weak his assertion is over how much a QB is worth to an offense in points.
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    #1 concern for Cassel is minimizing INT's. It seems like he's a very aggressive confident guy, which is great, but right now he just needs to be a game manager and not go for risky opportunities.

    I expect probably two 4-INT games from him this year, which is typical for any first year starter, but any more than that will make it hard for us to make the playoffs.
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    One of favorite all time Tom Brady stories was told by David Patten...

    Patten comes here as a FA and he says he comes into the wieght room one day during preseason (his first preseason with the Pats) and he says there is this tall skinny kid telling veterans how read defenses. Patten asked someone there who the kid was and he's told "It's the backup QB" Patten says "I've been playing pro football with 2 different organizations and this kid is telling me stuff that I never knew....And he was dead on accurate". Patten thought to himself, if the backup QB knows this much about football....then how good is the starting QB?

    Turns out as you may have guessed...the backup QB was Tom Brady.

    The point of the story is that Patten was pointing out that he knew there was something different about TB from the first time he met him.

    I'm starting to get that feeling that there might something special about this kid Cassel too.

    Could the Patriots have captured lightning in a bottle twice? Impossible to imagine. I'm keeping my excitement in reserve for now...........
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    I SWEAR TO ZOD I'LL BE CAREFUL! :scared:
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    Not to change the subject but I rarely clink on the links posted on message boards.
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    Time wil prove whether Bill Belichick, Tom Brady, Doug Flutie, Terry Bradshaw, Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart, Pete Carroll and Norm Chow are all wet about Matt Cassell.

    There is no doubt that if he were asked to play in his first or second pro season, he would not have been ready. Now he is not a rookie, only somewhat limited in the number of plays he has been under center.

    I am not qualified ot judge his ahtletic and quarterbacking talent, but I can see his physical measureables, and they are starter level physical credentials. That means little since QB is played between the ears.

    But if the mental part is adequate, Matt Cassel wil prove to be an above average backup and perhaps evolve into a starter level QB.:rolleyes:
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    16 of 23 for 156 yards, no INT's. A strong second game for young Cassel.

    Through 2 games his completion % is near 70.
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