As I see it there are two distinct aspects to this season. 1-Playoff chase: Unfortunately, we can probably forget about the post season. Matt Cassel is a below average starter and people have been lulled into false sense of confidence because of a workmanlike performance against arguably the worst team in football. Given the current state of the Chiefs, itâ€™s reasonable to assume/think/hypothesize that today was Cassel's high water mark. Barring season-ending injuries to Peyton Manning, Brett Favre, David Garrard, Ben Roethlisburger and Phillip Rivers, any playoff or SB hopes are more or less pipe dreams. That's not to say it can't happen, but it's unrealistic to count on it. 2-Player development: This is a very important aspect to the season that Iâ€™m looking forward to watching. Mayo, Crable and Wheatley will find themselves on the field far more than they could have dreamed just 24 hours ago. I expect our D to log a lot of downs this year which will serve to advance their progress and make us better in 2009. These are exciting young players that have loads of potential. The other benefit to this is weâ€™re now looking at a possible sub .500 record and with that comes a high draft pick. We can now begin looking at the current crop of college linebackers, corners, safeties and offensive tackles in preparation for next season. Suddenly, there's a newfound reason to watch college football. Bottom line: This is the doomsday scenario Iâ€™ve always feared because there are few if any ways to mask this weakness and there are no viable outside solutions. NBC reported the team will bring in Chris Simms for a workout Monday. The idea of bringing in Simms is laughable. He is a Nancy Boy, and as average-to-bad as Cassel is, I do get the sense that mentally heâ€™ll give it his all. Oâ€™Connell may yet get a shot to start a few games this season which could also be interesting to watch. So, despite Bradyâ€™s loss, there are still plenty of ways for fans to find some enjoyment in the season as long as you understand that it's going to be at times extremely frustrating, and at others very encouraging.