Without Tom Brady in ‘08, Josh McDaniels opened up the playbook to cater to Matt Cassel’s strengths as a quarterback.
From early in the season, it was clear Cassel lacked the touch via the deep ball that Brady had with Moss; Cassel would look for, and often miss, Moss deep.
But Cassel made up for with his legs what he lacked in his arm, running for first downs Brady could only dream about.
As the season progressed, Cassel commanded the offense with such efficiency that Patriots fans got over Brady and started thinking playoffs.
Although the Patriots were poised for the playoffs, a divisional tiebreaker broke off the engagement.
Still, the Patriots ranked fifth in the NFL in total offense with 365.4 ypg and led the league in total plays from scrimmage at 1,095, primarily because of two prime time playmakers.
Patriots fans, I present the top five plays from 2008.