Matt Cassel or Tom Brady: The Choice Is Obvious

Dan PieroniCorrespondent INovember 26, 2008

Back in September, the Patriots season looked like it was in dire straits.

Tom Brady, the team's future Hall of Fame golden boy quarterback, suffered a broken leg and was lost for the year.

In his place was an unproven career backup out of USC who had never started a game at either the collegiate or professional level.

Any hope of a repeat to last year's perfect regular season was lost when Matt Cassel stepped on the field.

Predictably, Cassel lived up to his expectations and had awful games against Miami and San Diego.

However, once he grew confident in the pocket and gained the trust of his wideouts, he was able to spread the field to the extent where no defense could stop him.

Now, Cassel has proven that he has what it takes to be a dependable starting quarterback in the NFL.

But his contract is up at the end of the season, and thus the question should be asked. Should the Patriots keep Cassel and cut their ties with Tom Brady?

In my humble opinion, no way!

Let's face reality here, Brady is almost always consistent, has won three Super Bowls, and is also the reigning NFL MVP.

For all we know, Cassel could be another flash in the pan like Tony Simmons or John Stephens.

Why would you pin your future on someone who has only had one good year, and jettison one of the greatest quarterbacks ever?

It is unfortunate that Cassel would be a free agent at year's end, thus depriving the Patriots of a reliable backup.

But he clearly does not have the pedigree and experience that Tom Brady has.

In today's NFL, experienced quarterbacks that are consistent winners are hard to come by.

Therefore, it doesn't make sense to cut ties with an experienced quarterback who wins and is still at the top of his game.

Shed no tears for Cassel, though; his 15 minutes of fame with the Pats will lead to big bucks elsewhere.

But as long as he wins and puts up gaudy stats, the Patriots' offense will always be Brady's bunch.