Patriots Coach Bill Belichick was very hesitant of letting Cassel throw the ball early on.
The Patriots were a team who had the most passing yards in 2007 with Tom Brady.
The 2008 Patriots only finished the season 12th in passing with Cassel.
In 2009 upcoming season, the biggest changes in the Patriots playbook will be their passing. Because the team lacks an elite power running back, Lawrence Maroney, Sammy Morris, Fred Taylor, and Kevin Faulk will share carries. The running game will not lead them to success as much as their passing will.
Brady, who holds an NFL single season record with 50 touchdown passes in one season, has many offensive weapons to surround him. Receivers Randy Moss, Wes Welker and Joey Galloway may be the leagues best receiving trio.
Add the return of tight end Ben Watson from a 2008 injury, and Faulk as a impact receiving-back out of the backfield, and you have yourself one of the most dangerous receiving teams that have ever been built around Brady.
Moss knows what a force this offense will be. He has already stated this offseason, “the sky’s the limit” for the Patriots offense.
The Patriots did however lose young and knowledgeable offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Josh McDaniels. McDaniels took the Denver Broncos head coaching position in the offseason.
The loss of McDaniels may in fact be an advantage to the Patriots because now Belichick will be calling plays.
Belichick is a football genius and there is no doubt that he will revamp the Patriots playbook in 2009.