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A Letter to Bill Belichick

Dear Coach Belichick,

You know I love the Patriots.  I have been a season ticket holder for a long time and from the last weeks of August to the first weeks of February every year my life somewhat revolves around watching my Pats play football.  But after last night’s performance, I have come to accept the fact that the team simply . . . sucks.

I would have never have guessed how much one player, Tom Brady, meant to a team that I thought was well-rounded.  The defense looks horrible, but it’s hard for me to tell how much the total and complete lack of offense has on the psyche of the defense.  In any event, the entire team seems totally broken.

So, given this situation, it surprises me that you stick with Matt Cassel as your quarterback.  I realize that you believe that getting the entire team behind a single QB is critical to the motivation of the team, the QB’s confidence and the positive mentality of that chosen quarterback.  But Cassel is simply not worthy.  He has tunnel vision – he can only see the designated receiver – and misses wide open optional receivers and defensive lineman bearing down on him.

If you’re going to stick with Cassel, which I believe is a stupid idea, at least open up the game by having him make more 10+ yard passes even if he throws an interception now and again.  The offense is probably going to turn the ball over on downs, anyway.  If you, like I, suspect that he can’t throw that far, take him out of the game and give Gutierrez or O’Connell a shot.  What’s the downside?

Clearly, Cassel isn’t a long term keeper.  You can’t rely on him to make it happen.  How motivated are Randy Moss and Wes Welker to get their asses kicked every week with Cassel as their QB?  At least shaking things up might give the other players some hope which, after the debacle in San Diego, seems to be the most important thing you can offer your guys this season.

Sincerely,

A respectful and ever grateful fan.

 

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 October 13th, 2008  
 Will  
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5 Responses to A Letter to Bill Belichick

  1. Will- come on! You guys have had it so sweet over the last 7 or 8 years, a couple of bad games and your whining already? Give me a break. Not only is Tom Terrific out, but your best running back has been out as well. Falk is a good third down back, but if you are not going to have a killer passing game, you need a stud at running back. Lawrence Marooney can do it, if he is healthy. No one said Cassel is Brady. But you need to give him a chance. The defense has frankly been suspect for a while now. It is aging and it is funny how quick the old get older, when they have to be on the field a bit longer.

    All in all though Billy B gets a pass this season as it seems the football gods have colluded against you all. The good news is think of all the good draft picks you are going to get. Final thought for you; If you the Yankees can miss the playoffs, the Pats are entitled too 😉 Hope that makes you feel better!

  2. Will- come on! You guys have had it so sweet over the last 7 or 8 years, a couple of bad games and your whining already? Give me a break. Not only is Tom Terrific out, but your best running back has been out as well. Falk is a good third down back, but if you are not going to have a killer passing game, you need a stud at running back. Lawrence Marooney can do it, if he is healthy. No one said Cassel is Brady. But you need to give him a chance. The defense has frankly been suspect for a while now. It is aging and it is funny how quick the old get older, when they have to be on the field a bit longer.

    All in all though Billy B gets a pass this season as it seems the football gods have colluded against you all. The good news is think of all the good draft picks you are going to get. Final thought for you; If you the Yankees can miss the playoffs, the Pats are entitled too 😉 Hope that makes you feel better!

  3. Alan,

    Naw, It doesn’t make me feel any better 😉 And, you’ve got it wrong. Winning over the past 7-8 years doesn’t take away my right to whining, in fact, it sorta makes it a responsibility!

    Two thoughts. Maroney is a disappointment. He gets hurt a lot and even when he’s in, he’s not a power runner or a finesse runner. He’s something in between and that gets him nowhere most of the time. Keep in mind that we passed on Joseph Addai to get him – don’t even get me started.

    Secondly, there are only 16 games. Cassel has now played for a quarter of the season (Pats already had their bye week). My point is that maybe one of the two other QBs on the roster could perhaps do a better job if given a similar chance. I don’t think they could do worse.

    I think Bill Belichick is a genius and one of the great coaches of all time. Does he get a pass for the year. Well . . . I guess so. You’re certainly right that the football gods are against the team this year.

  4. Alan,

    Naw, It doesn’t make me feel any better 😉 And, you’ve got it wrong. Winning over the past 7-8 years doesn’t take away my right to whining, in fact, it sorta makes it a responsibility!

    Two thoughts. Maroney is a disappointment. He gets hurt a lot and even when he’s in, he’s not a power runner or a finesse runner. He’s something in between and that gets him nowhere most of the time. Keep in mind that we passed on Joseph Addai to get him – don’t even get me started.

    Secondly, there are only 16 games. Cassel has now played for a quarter of the season (Pats already had their bye week). My point is that maybe one of the two other QBs on the roster could perhaps do a better job if given a similar chance. I don’t think they could do worse.

    I think Bill Belichick is a genius and one of the great coaches of all time. Does he get a pass for the year. Well . . . I guess so. You’re certainly right that the football gods are against the team this year.

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