Just a little thread for all our super-smart friends out there who think that "Matt Cassel is just as good as Tom Brady" because he won 11 games the season after Brady won 18.
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Apparently, Matt Cassel's 11 wins in 2008 prove that any bum could succeed under the Patriots' "system". Or something.
Brady owns 54 NFL records, he's the 2nd-most productive QB in history stat-wise (#1 played half his games in a dome), and, of course, no one can touch Brady's playoff results.
Brady's got more Super Bowl wins than any TEAM in history except one, Pittsburgh, who could only manage a tie with him. He's got more 300-yard playoff passing games than any FRANCHISE in history.
He's got 30 playoff wins, more than all but 4 NFL TEAMS (one of whom is the @Patriots, who have 7 playoff wins without him).
We've reached the point where Tom Brady is no longer being compared to other players, but to entire TEAMS, and he still comes out ahead!
Brady is not only the greatest QB ever; he's the greatest PLAYER ever to step on a football field. Period. But by all means, let's pretend that none of that means anything because the team didn't completely implode when he missed a season.
Tom Brady went undefeated in 2007, and came within a helmet catch of a 19-0 season, instead finishing 18-1. New England set the record for regular-season wins & points scored in a season. Moss set the record for TD catches. Brady set the record for TD passes.
To this day, 2007 was one of the greatest offensive seasons in the history of the NFL.
The coaching staff and all key players returned in 2008--except Tom Brady, who was replaced by Matt Cassel--and the Patriots promptly went from 18 wins to 11, and from a #1 overall seed to a #7.
A little basic math tells us that Tom Brady's presence on the team was worth seven wins and six spots in playoff seeding.
Even a delusional hater knows that 11 isn't better than 18, and 7th isn't better than 1st. ONE CHANGE was made, at the QB position, and the team got precipitously worse. But since the starting point was basically perfection, "precipitously worse" wasn't horrible.
Now, the more clever haters will point out that, when Brady re-joined the team in 2009, he actually only won 10 games, after Cassel won 11 the year before.
Which started me thinking: If Cassel's 11 wins in '08 are better than Brady's 10 in '09, then Brady's 18 wins in '07 are better than both, meaning that Brady is better than himself. A logical conundrum.

Perhaps all this win-counting is a fool's errand in the first place!
Oh, and by the way, Cassel's opponents in '08 were a combined 10 games under .500, and Brady's were 9 games OVER .500 in '09. And Brady threw for 700 more yards and 7 more TDs than Cassel, even though Brady was recovering from a torn ACL and hadn't played football for a year.
Tom Brady won the AFC East every year for the last *16* consecutive seasons that he played in NE, dating all the way back to 2003--including the year before AND the year after Cassel started.
In fact, the only season that the Patriots did NOT win the AFC East between 2003 and 2019 was '08--the year Cassel played--even though Cassel inherited an undefeated roster that made the Super Bowl the season before.
Think about it. Of COURSE haters are focused on wins and nothing else, because if we mention playoff seeding, they'd have to admit that the Pats were a 7 seed under Cassel, while Brady was a 1 seed the year before and a 3 seed the year after.
By the way, here are Brady's playoff seedings for the 5 years before and after Cassel:
Brady, 2003: 1
Brady, 2004: 2
Brady, 2005: 4
Brady, 2006: 4
Brady, 2007: 1

Cassel, 2008: *7* (missed playoffs)

Brady, 2009: 3
Brady, 2010: 1
Brady, 2011: 1
Brady, 2012: 2
Brady, 2013: 2
After Brady led the offense to 589 points in 2007 (still the 2nd most in NFL history), Cassel led the same offense to 410. For comparison, Brady led the 2019 Pats offense to 420, even though Cassel had Moss and Welker, and Brady's top weapon was a broken-down Julian Edelman.
Brady threw 23 TD passes to Randy Moss in 2007 (an NFL record).

Cassel threw 21 to the ENTIRE TEAM in 2008.
Cassel's 21 TD passes in 2008 would be the lowest of any full season in Brady's career. In fact, Brady's 24-TD performance in 2019 was frequently cited as evidence that he was no longer able to play at an elite level--and he threw 3 more than Cassel did in 2008.
In 18 seasons in the NFL, Brady has never lost at home to Miami and the Jets in the same season; Cassel did it in his first season, and it cost the Patriots a trip to the playoffs. But please, tell me more about how anyone can do what Brady does.
Overall, Cassel threw for 29 fewer TDs, 1100 fewer yards, and a passer rating that was 27 points lower in 2008 than Brady in 2007.
BTW, After further analysis, I made a fascinating finding: Using this *win-counting* model, it turns out that pretty much every elite QB in the last 40 years has been a system QB. Watch!
Johnny Unitas, 1967:
11-1-2

Earl Morrall, 1968:
13-1 (won NFL Championship)

UNITAS WAS A SYSTEM QB

Joe Montana, 1990:
14-2

Steve Bono, 1991:
5-1

MONTANA WAS A SYSTEM QB

(Steve Bono started 3 games in 5 years prior to 1991)
Joe Montana, 1988-1990:
34-8 (2 Super Bowl wins)

Steve Young, 1991-1993:
30-13 (1 Super Bowl win)

MONTANA WAS A SYSTEM QB (part II)
"BuT StEvE YoUnG WaS a HaLl Of FaMeRrRrRr"

Oh really?

Steve Young at Tampa Bay:
3-16, INT % was HIGHER than his TD %

Steve Young at San Francisco:
91-33

YOUNG WAS A SYSTEM QB
Joe Montana, 1994:
9-5

Steve Bono, 1995:
13-3

MONTANA WAS A SYSTEM QB (part III)
Roger Staubach, 1979:
11-5

Danny White, 1980:
12-4

STAUBACH WAS A SYSTEM QB

Dan Marino, 1999
5-6

Jay Fiedler / Damon Huard, 2000:
11-5

MARINO WAS A SYSTEM QB
John Elway, 1998:
10-2

Bubby Brister, 1998:
4-0

ELWAY WAS A SYSTEM QB

Kurt Warner, 2002:
0-6

Marc Bulger/Jamie Martin/Scott Covington, 2002:
7-3

Marc Bulger, 2003:
12-3

WARNER WAS A SYSTEM QB
Drew Brees, 2005:
9-7

Philip Rivers, 2006:
14-2

BREES WAS A SYSTEM QB

Brett Favre, 2005-7
25-23

Aaron Rodgers, 2008-10
27-20 (Super Bowl win)

FAVRE WAS A SYSTEM QB
Peyton Manning, 2015:
7-2

Brock Osweiler, 2015:
5-2

PEYTON WAS A SYSTEM QB

Andrew Luck, 2015:
2-5

Matt Hasselbeck/Josh Freeman, 2015:
6-3

LUCK WAS A SYSTEM QB
Patrick Mahomes, 2018-19
23-7

Alex Smith, 2015-17:
31-15

MAHOMES WAS A SYSTEM QB

Drew Brees, 2019:
8-3

Teddy Bridgewater, 2019:
5-0

BREES WAS A SYSTEM QB (x2)

/endrant

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