The trickle-down effects of the Tom Brady injury are already being felt, as Brady’s collapsing knee has all but ensured the demise of one of the more unusually impressive streaks in sports. Backup Matt Cassel — who replaced Brady and led the Pats to a 17-10 win over Kansas City — has managed to become the #2 quarterback for (arguably) the top franchise in professional football despite not having started a game at the position since high school (it’s sort of a bizarro Brett Favre streak). Cassel was the understudy to Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart for four years at USC, and is now in his fourth year with the Pats.
Cassel threw more passes on Sunday (18) than he had in the last two seasons combined (15). As a reward for his unwavering commitment to the game and all the hard work he’s put in over the years to get his chance to shine, the Pats are bringing in just about anyone they can scrounge up for a workout, hopeful of keeping the non-start streak in tact.
From the BOSTON GLOBE:
The Globe’s Christopher L. Gasper also confirms that the Patriots are hosting free-agent quarterback Chris Simms on a visit at Gillette Stadium on Monday. And ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported that the team will also bring in free agent quarterback Tim Rattay, an eight-year veteran who played last season with the Arizona Cardinals.
“Thanks for all your dedication, Matt, but we’re thinking of bringing in a guy who couldn’t hack it in Arizona or San Francisco.”
Aren’t there any McCown brothers available? What about drop-kickin’ Doug Flutie? I’m pretty sure Jeff George is still taking calls (Whitlock has his number).
Meanwhile, the folks down in New York have been reacting to the Brady injury news with dignity and grace, according to the NEW YORK TIMES’ Toni Monkovic:
A Times editor who used to work in our department told this tale Sunday night:
He was watching N.F.L. games at the ESPN Zone in Midtown Manhattan when Tom Brady was injured. Most of the people in the restaurant roared with delight.
The only thing I could dispute in this story is the notion that the ESPN Zone in Times Square is representative of “New York” in any way. The clientele at the Zone is more a combination of tourists and guys from Jersey who think it’s cool to go “into the city” to watch the games. The point? Pretty much everyone hates the Patriots.