Originally Posted by Caveat Emperor
This week will be his first start since high school, I think.
I picked him up and, honestly, that's more a vote of respect for Bill Belichick than anything else. He drafted Cassel despite the fact that the kid never started a game in college at USC -- there has to be something about him that he liked or thought would work at the next level.
First start since November, 1999. If it makes you feel better, though, he's not a Pennington-like noodle arm, I can't even guess where that impression came from. Who knows if he can play? How would anyone know?
I heard on the radio this morning that the Pats had scheduled Chris Simms and Tim Rattay to come in for a workout BEFORE Brady was injured, and they sent them away without a workout AFTER they knew how badly Brady had been injured. They really don't have an alternative to Cassel, except a very raw rookie, Kevin O'Connell, and it doesn't seem like they're in any hurry to get one.