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Matt Cassel


I can just imagine Matt and his wife, former USC volleyball player Lauren Killian, are sitting around their new Kansas City house, listening to this blurb. Over and over and over again. You would be too after signing a contract that had the descriptors “in excess of 60″ and “million” in it.

Or if the total amount is larger than Tom Brady’s.

Brady Done For The Year

Tom Brady

As expected, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s year has come to an abrupt end after suffering a knee injury against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. New England coach Bill Belichick addressed the media this afternoon and while he didn’t go into details about Brady’s injury, he did say his quarterback would be undergoing surgery and will be out for the rest of the season.

Amid reports of the Patriots contacting available quarterbacks, it was indicated to the media Matt Cassel would remain the New England starter.

Patriots Looking At Chris Simms

Chris Simms

After suffering a devastating blow to their franchise with the Tom Brady injury, the Patriots are in damage control mode and are looking for some added insurance at the quarterback position. According to reports, the name at the top of their list is Chris Simms.

When we last saw the younger Simms, his spleen was getting unceremoniously exploded from repeated hits by the Carolina Panthers. When he returned to the team in 2007, Simms was been locked in some kind of weird tug-of-war with coach Jon Gruden until his release on August 30. Considering the Patriots now-lacking depth at quarterback, it’s pretty easy to see why Belichick is interested in the younger Simms; but is he the right choice for the franchise?

Not according to some:

While the Patriots need to bring in another arm, what needs to be clear, is that Matt Cassel is the starter. He really looked poised and calm today, but with the pressure of an able quarterback behind him, that could change. Culpepper and Simms would be an intimidating presence, so I would consider staying away from them. I think the Patriots have moved past Gutierrez, so I don’t think he will be an option.

So, based on my beliefs, this leaves veteran Vinny Testaverde as the best option. I understand that he has too many years under his belt, but he already knows the system, he can serve as a mentor to Cassel, and if he had to play, he could lead the team.

With Cassel being the starter, it makes sense to want a player who isn’t worried about making an audition for the rest of the league. With Testaverde, you have the perfect back-up because he knows the system and is not looking to be the man. If this happens, I don’t doubt Vinny will probably feel a lot like Michael Corleone in Godfather 3:

“Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.”

Chiefs Ruin Fantasy Football Teams Everywhere

Tom Brady

Now, this is in no way an attempt to make light of Tom Brady’s knee injury; however, if that thought didn’t enter the mind of every non-Patriots-fan fantasy football player after Chiefs safety Bernard Pollard hit Brady near his left knee while he was releasing a pass to Randy Moss.

The play was eerily similar to the one that tore Carson Palmer’s knee up a few years ago when Kimo Van Oelhoffen came crashing into Palmer lower leg after he released a pass to Chris Henry.

Indications are Brady will miss significant time as he’s scheduled to undergo an MRI later today. Rumor has it Brady tore his left ACL, at least. Considering how his leg buckled after he was hit, Brady could be entering the Daunte Culpepper injury zone when Culpepper damaged three of the four major knee ligaments. Culpepper, after trying to make a couple of comebacks, retired just last week.

The effect of Brady’s knee will be felt far and wide. The outlook on the Patriots season, which once looked Super Bowl bound, obviously changes — as does the predicted order of the AFC East. Will the New York B-R-E-T-T-S be able to capitalize on New England’s misfortune? Can the Patriots rebound and make something good happen out of their misfortune?

One thing’s for sure: The Matt Cassel era — one, where up until Brady’s injury, had only seen 22 completed passes in its time — has begun in earnest. I’m left wondering if the fantasy players who are actively dropping Brady from their roster will be picking up his back-up? I doubt there’s little choice in the deeper leagues.

The next question is was the play dirty? According to Randy Moss — who is obviously broke-up about losing his All World quarterback — it is. According to everyone else who saw the replay, it was not, including me. Pollard was making a hustle play with a New England offensive lineman running back on his back. It’s not like he could have hit Brady high if he wanted to.

Now, should he have gone in the way he did, even with the excess weight on his back? Yes. You play until the whistle is over and EVERY opposing defensive player in the league would jump at a chance to sack Tom Brady.