In response to BabeParilli's comment:
In response to zbellino's comment:
I consider Cassel league average. He has some holes in his game that make him flawed, mostly, he can't get the ball out in time. I think Brady took something like 15 sacks behind NE's line the year before he took something over 40. He still holds it too long in KC.
He can be very effective when he is given tons of time. But he is really terrible under pressure. So that makes him average.
Against this schedule (not the cupcake one from 2008) NE would be 8-8-ish, with Cassel, IMO.
I can think of 8 or more QBs I would prefer Cassel too.
I think Brady gets this team about 5 wins per season above the average QB.
Yeah. Even against the 2008 schedule Cassel managed nearly one less TD per game that season than Brady has since 2009. Even if the Cassel quality was above average, the production was "pedestrian" compared to Brady's "phenomenal" (1.31 to 2.15)
Of course some forget that Cassel was the recipient of a huge amount of yac that year as well.
Yeah., My point is that I think Cassel could make it to the playoffs with a team that is loaded like the Giants, Niners, Texans. All those teams have the stuff that he could put up big numbers with.
I guess, in a way, I'm siding a bit with Billick.
While I wouldn't call the team pedestrian, Brady is the straw that stirs the drink here. IMO, of course. I don't think this team is a playoff team with Cassel. Too many wins have required Brady being perfect and doing so under pressure, which Cassel is clearly not good at.