So says Eric Casillias (sp) on ESPN today covering for cowherd.....In his opinion, everyone has been talking about how Pennington got snubbed in favor of Brett Favre. BUT....he says, what about Matt Cassel? Here he comes off the bench......everyone expects him to tank.....and he comes out and plays admirably and overall effectively.........18 TD's (cant recall the picks) and played with tremendous fire,and guts....and increasing poise. I WAS NOT a big Cassel fan as everyone knows, but I have been impressed by his fire and guts in there.....and he has managed the offense admirably. DO I think, however, that he is a PRO BOWL calibre quarterback? No...I don't....unless the follow up question is...who should go to the pro bowl after their PERFORMANCE this year......Favre.....Cassel....or Penny? Based on past experience......everyone's expectations.....pressure from the douche bag media??????? Cassel wins HANDS DOWN!!!!........ Anyways......he went on to talk about how the Pats will have to look LONG and hard at whether to trade Brady for top draft picks......and keep Cassel.....his argument is that Brady may not be back in time for start of season....and who knows what he will be able to do, or IF he can come back and play like the "old" Tom. I can appreciate that argument. However, you have seen that Cassel can lead this team (says Cassilias), he is younger than Tom and you could get him cheaper. He said that obviously the Pats can not afford to keep both and that they would NOT franchise Cassel. I don't buy that the Pats would ever sever ties with Brady......He is a legend and should retire a Patriot!!!!....what do you think?