I'm watching Mike and Mike on the Duece this morning (part of mine and Zod Jr.'s morning routine), and they're talking about the differences between Aaron Rodgers and Cassel. Now, I realize that Greenberg is a complete and total Jets loving tool, and the next time he has a clue will be the first time, but I usually place a lot more stock in what Golic says, especially when they talk about football. This morning, the storyline was once again how Rodgers was a starter in college and Cassel was a backup (granted, he was backing up Matt Leinart in the country's premiere program and running a pro-style offense). Here's where this starts to bother me- Cassel was recruited by USC. USC isn't going to recruit Joe Blow from Unity HS in Maine. We don't know what he did in HS, but you have to figure he was a pretty damn good ball player. Should Cassel be faulted for electing to stay at USC and play behind Leinart rather then transfer to some putz school and run the option? Let's say he goes to a Division II school and dominates, running a college offense...where is that going to land him in the draft? The one thing I would have been willing to give here in this comparison is the one thing that WASN'T brought up- Green Bay went into training camp KNOWING that Rodgers was there guy. They were able to spend that time building the offense around him. That's a big plus. Obviously, the Pats went into training camp hoping that the only time Cassel would see the field was in garbage time. I mean, correct me if I'm wrong, but haven't the Pats had pretty good success prior to this year with a guy who split playing time and backed up a big name guy at a big time program?