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    Monday, September 8, 2008

    New England Patriots: Moving Forward

    Now that we’ve all had some freak out time, let’s take a deep breath and evaluate the situation a little more closely. The situation I am talking about of course is the loss of Tom Brady for the rest of the season.

    It is now official. As of 3p this afternoon, Coach Belichick announced that the NFL MVP will not be returning to the starting lineup for the New England Patriots this season. In his usual, we’re moving on, attitude, Bill Belichick didn’t let on if he was panicked, but it’s quite obvious that he is concerned.

    Now, with the official word on every blog and in every newspaper, it’s time to move forward with the season. I have heard people say that the Patriots will go 6-10 this season, maybe 8-8 and even one genius who thinks they will still go 13-3 and take the division.

    Whatever you think is the future of the New England Patriots, one thing is for sure they will be plugging along with Matt Cassel under center. From listening to Coach Belichick’s press conference this afternoon it is clear that they are not looking to bring another quarterback into the mix and that at this point they are moving forward with Matt Cassel and Kevin O’Connell.

    I think this is a good move, not that I would ever question a Belichick move, but I am fully behind this move. For one, Cassel knows the system and has been studying under the best quarterback in the history of the NFL for the last couple of years. Kevin O’Connell was the captain of his San Diego State team in his freshman year. He will take some time to acclimated to the system, but he will be ready to go if called upon.

    We don’t want Daunte Culpepper.

    We don’t want Chris Simms.

    We don’t want Tim Rattay.

    We just want Matt Cassel to pick up where Tom Brady left off. Unrealistic? Maybe. But if he can control the game and not turn the ball over, we don’t need him to be the MVP, we just need him to win.

    My new prediction, Patriots will finish the season 11-5. They will make the playoffs and win the Super Bowl. Call me crazy, but that’s my prediction and I’m sticking to it.

    adam@wickedpissadude.com

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