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.
A respectful and ever grateful fan.