Matt Cassel: A Quick Fix for the New England Patriots and Nothing More

JROCK DusomeCorrespondent INovember 25, 2008

The question has be raised in the past few days as to what Matt Cassel truly represents in the New England Patriots' organization. To some, apparently Matt Cassel represents the future of the Patriots franchise.

With Tom Brady being 32 years of age, some see Cassel as the successor to the Patriots offense, while others even feel that he should retain the starter position, even after Brady's return to the lineup next season.

However, this might be a bit of a stretch when one considers all things.

Looking at Cassel, specifically through his last couple of games, it is easy to see that he has played quite well. He has thrown for over 400 yards in each of the past two games, with the first game being their loss to Brett Favre and the New York Jets, and the second being against the Miami Dolphins, who had embarrassed the Patriots back in Week Three.

These two performances were very impressive, but let's not get ready to put all our hopes into Cassel and forget about Brady just yet.

Cassel does have many assets that may seem valuable at the moment, such as obvious throwing capabilities (hence the 400+ yards) as well as his ability to run with the football (something Tom Brady tends to lack).

However, these skills are not something that can be entirely attributed to Matt Cassel. He has a lot of help when it comes to his playing performances.

What you have to remember is that Cassel is playing for the New England Patriots. The same Patriots that went 16-0 during the regular season of last year. To accomplish such a feat, it is a pretty safe bet to say that they are a pretty good team.

Therefore, it is pretty easy to see that Cassel is merely a product of an amazing coaching staff, and an even better team, and not the new Tom Brady as some have speculated.

With Cassel's contract running out at the end of this season, it is clear that he will test the free-agent market, as there will not be a place on the Patriots next season, unless he wants to stay in his No. 2 position. Cassel will sign with another team, and then it will become clear that it was the Patriots that were successful during '08/'09 season, and not the quarterback that was at the helm.

He was merely along for the ride.