When Matt Cassel came to the New England Patriots rescue when Tom Brady was injured he had earned a starting job in the NFL. He found a home with the Kansas City Chiefs, where he had a average four seasons. Now as a back up to Christian Ponder, Cassel is highlighting his time in New England as proof that he is the man for the job, the back up job that is.
“I taught Tom (Brady) everything. I thought he really started to flourish after I got there,” Cassel joked to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “A lot of people don’t understand how much time we spend together. It’s important to be together and be good teammates. And when you have a good (quarterback) room, it makes everybody better in the room. That’s what it’s all about.”
Maybe Cassel can teach Ponder a few things that could make him a more efficient passer and better quarterback. That would take some of the pressure off Adrian Peterson to carry this team, even though he’d like it that way as he tries to reach 2,500 yards.
The Vikings would like that to happen, they certainly don’t want to have to use Cassel, they want Ponder to step up and be the man.