SI: How Cassel became a Patriot

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  1. checkedout

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  2. MoLewisrocks

    MoLewisrocks Supporter Supporter

    Great find. I hadn't seen that. I heard about the workout performance but figures we had a leg up even before that. Imagine Chow's disappointment. Everyone figured it was Leinart he wanted over Young. Turns out he had an even better fallback plan only we had a FO that listens...
  3. NYCPatsFan

    NYCPatsFan In the Starting Line-Up

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    thanks for the post and the link. I half expected one more story about MC's kindergarden days and was glad that this wasn't. :)
  4. patchick

    patchick Moderatrix Staff Member Supporter

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    Nice story indeed, an interesting peek behind the curtain at the scouting process.

    (I took the liberty of changing the thread title to reflect that. Everybody, the more specific your thread title, the more people will read it!)
  5. fair catch fryar

    fair catch fryar In the Starting Line-Up

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    Thanks for posting. It gets me thinking that if Cassel would've beat out Leinart, how things might have worked out. From the several articles I have read in the past few weeks, they all point out how tight the competition between the two actually was and Cassel didn't even think he was given a fair shake. The more I read, the more inclined I am to think that Cassel will have a strong year and end up starting somewhere else next year. With the situation in Tennessee, I wonder if they'd be interested in him if Vince Young continues to struggle with mental health issues.
  6. NEPatriot

    NEPatriot Banned

    Great article. We'll see how good he is in the next games because it's too early to call.
  7. checkedout

    checkedout On the Game Day Roster

    No problem. I'm just glad I could contribute something.

    JAYHAWKS34 Third String But Playing on Special Teams

    great story thanks for the link
  9. Pat the Pats Fan

    Pat the Pats Fan In the Starting Line-Up

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    Good find, I had heard that Chow really coveted Cassel!

    I know how frustrated I get in my fantasy league when I wait too long to draft a player, and that's just for fun. So I can imagine what some GMs must go through when another team blows up their scheme.

    Look how many teams have taken QB after QB in the draft, never to have any of them materialize? And the Pats might be able to catch lightning in a bottle twice?

    Leave it to Bill and Scott.
  10. BradyFTW!

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    "As a scout with New England, you're lucky because Scott and Bill listen to you."

    Leading up to the 2005 draft, the Patriots were typically closemouthed about their interest in Cassel. Tennessee, as it turned out, badly wanted Cassel, and Chow, the Titans' new offensive coordinator at the time, said he was stunned when he saw New England take him with the 230th pick. "It's funny," said Russell. "The Pats get knocked for being so secretive. But being quiet really paid off. No one knew we'd draft him."

  11. BadMoFo

    BadMoFo Experienced Starter w/First Big Contract

    I think for the first time in quite a long time, we may have some people feeling a little happy for our success because of Cassel.

    I'm just hoping he improves on his longball. I'm hoping to see Moss tear it up against the Dolphins again.


    #12 Jersey

    I'll admit its a nice story but the 'Matt Cassel beat Brett Favre' comment is overexaggerating - The New England Patriots beat the New York Jets is more apt as most of you say its a complete team game and no one player makes a big difference.

    The story would be of more interest if this team goes on a nice run and can actually beat a team up ahead that is likely making the playoffs - We have played crap thus far and will so again this week -

    Not until week 6 is anything exciting as we are just playing the sisters of the poor until then and anything but 4-0 would be incredibly dissapointing up to that point so let the Cassel feel good story look great right now but on hold at the same time.
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    #12 Jersey

    Success because of Cassel - Are you serious?

    Game 1 - The Pats Defense avoids overtime by stopping the Chiefs inside the 5 with seconds to go

    Game 2 - The defense pressures Favre much of the game and the secondary was superb in covering the receivers and Lamont Jordan moved the chains everytime he was asked to.

    What you said is insulting the reason this team won those 2 games - It was DEFENSE and a controlled offense limiting mistakes

    Cassel has played well considering what he is being told to do and that is manage the game and has not made rookie-like mistakes but DON'T say success in beating 2 scrub teams is because of Cassel - not true
  14. ctpatsfan77

    ctpatsfan77 Supporter Supporter

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    Well, you have to give Cassel at least some credit . . . after all, (almost) every offensive play starts off with the ball in the QB's hands.
  15. emoney_33

    emoney_33 Experienced Starter w/First Big Contract

    Re-word his comment to... "Because of Cassel, THEY are happy with OUR success".


    #12 Jersey

    If you read my statement I DO give Cassel credit for doing what his job is and that is to just minimize mistakes and throw to safe areas without trying to beat double coverage and hand the ball off to our talented RBs which he HAS done so far but the Defense is the reason this team is 2-0 the offense is just running smoothly and almost quietly without mistakes and hopefully that will continue.

    The defense is the engine of the car so far keeping it running - Cassel is the driver and driving carefully to make sure it does not go off course.
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    #12 Jersey

    Not what he said though - A few words can make a difference between an idiotic statement and one that is understandable
  18. BadMoFo

    BadMoFo Experienced Starter w/First Big Contract

    e-money was right, you are wrong. If I missed a comma, I apologize to you. :rolleyes:

    I'm saying people won't be so anti-Patriots because of the underdog Cassel.


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    As long as Belichick is the head coach there will be haters

    And is hating the team so bad to you that you hope Cassel changes that attitude towards Patriot Nation?

    I could give two hoots on what others outside of the team think but in fact I actually find it entertaining from those naysayers

    Easterbrook and Marshall Faulk are 2 of my favorite Naysayers since they spew stuff so dumb its funny
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  20. billdog3484

    billdog3484 Supporter Supporter

    let's not jump to conclusions after 1 game. but, that being said, we have to be pretty pleased from what we have seen thus far.
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