Monday Morning Nose Tackle: Epic fail

It was Week Three of the Matt Cassel Experiment and, after four maddening quarters, I’m begging for mercy. With Cassel at the helm of such a beautiful and talented offense, things came to a grinding halt. If you could call the Patriots offense a car, Cassel just burned out the clutch and dropped the transmission. And if Brady could see the game, I doubt he didn’t die a little on the inside because that was putrid.

I tried very hard to be optimistic after Brady went down. “I’m sure he’ll (Cassel) be fine. He has to be fine. Right? Yeah. He’ll be fine. I hope.” Last week against the Jets, I thought maybe, just maybe, Cassel was improving. Maybe he was getting more comfortable and maybe the horrendous showing in preseason was just a fluke. See, this is what happens when I try to be optimistic.

Matt Cassel looked overwhelmed all game. I don’t think he could have made a decision to save his own life yesterday. Errant passes galore. AND he got worse as the game went on. To his credit, the touchdown pass to Jabar Gaffney wasn’t bad but it was lost in a sea of bad passes.

The one glimmer of hope was when rookie QB Kevin O’Connell came out and shot a missile to Gaffney through two defenders. I’m not one to scream for a player to be benched and I regularly cringed when morons would beg for Michael Bishop to start in place of Drew Bledsoe, but this is different. What do we have to lose at this point? Oh yeah, games.

But, even with all of Cassel’s ineptness, he can’t be blamed for the PATHETIC outing for the defense yesterday. I thought the one thing on our defense that we didn’t have to worry about was our defensive line? So, how can we explain Miami’s Ronnie Brown running (and throwing, for that matter) all over our D?

The one bright spot, if you could call it that, was special teams (with the exception of Matt Slater’s boneheaded play, needlessly touching the football after he had stepped out of bounds). Ellis Hobbs looked great and I think Chris Hanson is relishing his new role as a punter. πŸ˜‰

I don’t think I have ever missed a player as much as I missed Brady yesterday. This game was bad. I’m even going to go out on a limb and say this was the worst showing since Tampa Bay Bowl, also known as the Mosh Pit Bowl, in 1997. You remember, after Drew Bledsoe’s Everclear mosh pit incident, the Patriots got trampled by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. On that afternoon, I watched my dad get so angry, he ripped off his Drew Bledsoe jersey Hulk-Hogan-style and flung a Patriots mug across the room. But, in a way, without Brady there the loss didn’t sting too badly. It was almost laughable. Actually, I think I did laugh after Miami running back Ronnie Brown threw a beautiful TD pass to TE Fasano… a pass that was better than just about anything Matt Cassel had thrown all day.

Here goes my eternal optimism again – there’s still hope for the season after watching a lot of big teams *cough Colts cough* also lose yesterday. This bye week couldn’t come soon enough.

8 thoughts on “Monday Morning Nose Tackle: Epic fail

  1. Yesterdays loss was more than basically a rookie like Matt Cassell. Sure he blew it with sacks, incomplete passes, bad decisions and bad reads.

    But where the fuck was the defense? I said last week the Pats had to practice red zone and sure enough they did but the run defense was fucking ass yesterday. ZERO RUN DEFENSE. We needed some linebackers yesterday. A second row would be nice. πŸ™‚

  2. My dad says he was anticipating a game like yesterday’s, when the whole team realizes the weight of Brady’s injury. He just didn’t think it would come against the Dolphins so early.

    On the plus side, loses like that are bandwagon-clearers.

  3. angela, i agree with your dad. now that we got the whooping out of the way let the learning phase begin…matty c, come on, do us proud!

    i said over at ernie’s, just how much i missed tommy b this week. not because we lost , more because he is just such a charismatic, athletic player to watch. my dreams are filled with 2009…although i am still cheering the boys on for THIS YEAR!

    GO PATS!

  4. DEFINITELY agree on the charisma thing. It’s just not the same without him there! I think I’m starting to get why all those Packers fans were blindly loyal to Brett Favre for so long.

  5. Oh yeah, and my dad also wanted to mention that Brady’s second start was also against the Dolphins and the Patriots lost 30-10. Not that there is much similarities between the Dolphins of ’08 and ’01 or between Brady and Cassel, but still, it was freaky enough to mention.

  6. DEFINITELY accede on the allure thing. It’s just not the aforementioned after him there! I anticipate I’m starting to get why all those Packers admirers were blindly loyal to Brett Favre for so long.

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