Carroll, Cassel's old college coach, of course, had an astounded, like, "how about what Matt Cassel is doing" (but not totally surprised) take about Matt on tonight's sports center. Among other things, he said for a while at USC it was really neck and neck between Leinart and Cassel. You couldn't find any fault with what Leinart ended up accomplishing, but what if Cassel had been the starter? He said he thinks Cassel will get paid a lot of money but that the Patriots would really try to keep him. Carroll concluded with saying that Cassel is very competitive and he knows that Leinart isn't playing right now and he is (said in a wry way).