A few weeks ago, I questioned Bill Belichick‘s decision to keep Matt Cassel as quarterback of the New England Patriots. As if there needs to be any proof that Bill Belichick knows way more about football than me, I was clearly wrong. Cassel has shown himself to be more than ready to lead an NFL team. Cassel is improving each week and he’s probably already better than half the other quarterbacks in the NFL.
In today’s game against the Miami Dolphins, the Patriots had over 500 yards of total offense – the most for any one game in the team’s history. 400 of those yards were from passing – all by Mr. Cassel. That would be something all on its own. The fact that this is the second straight week that Cassel has thrown for 400+ yards, however, is what really points out his abilities and success. By the way, Tom Brady has never had back-to-back 400+ yard passing games (which baffles me given how much offense the Patriots had last season).
It’s a team effort and Cassel isn’t doing it all by himself, of course. The offensive coaching has been superb, working the Patriot’s scheme into Cassel’s strengths. That doesn’t diminish Cassel’s success at all. He’s doing a great job. Period.
Now, Coach Belichick. Let me tell you what you need to do with your defensive backfield.