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Rumors of Brady’s Demise Are Greatly Exaggerated

It's 'beyond ridiculous' to suggest Tom Brady is no longer a top five quarterback, says a coach very familiar with the Patriots star's work. Plus, notes on Colin Kaepernick's deal, Jermichael Finley's comeback and Dion Jordan's bust status

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Greg A. Bedard
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BEREA, Ohio — I try not to engage the usual NFL offseason nonsensical story du jour—Top 100 players, who had the best offseason, what’s going on with the Jets’ quarterbacks, who’s the best cornerback and other pointless arguments—because they are what they are: the ever-growing number of NFL outlets (yes, you’re reading one now) looking for anything and everything to attract readers in the dead period.

But other business took me into the airy office of new Browns coach Mike Pettine this week, and I had to ask him about the chatter that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is slipping and that he’s no longer among the top five quarterbacks in the league.

If anybody’s going to shoot me straight, it’s Pettine. No opposing coach besides Rex Ryan knows the play of Brady more intimately than Pettine. From 2009-12, he was Ryan’s defensive coordinator for the Jets. Last season, Pettine struck out on his own and faced Brady twice as the Bills’ defensive coordinator.

For my money, nobody has made life tougher on Brady than Ryan and Pettine, and the rest of the Ravens’ defensive tree. Take last season. Brady completed less than 59 percent of his passes eight times: Jets (twice), Bills (twice), Saints (Rob Ryan, Rex’s twin brother), Ravens (where Rex Ryan and Pettine started), Colts (former Ravens defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano) and the Bengals (former Ravens defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis). While Cincinnati is a bit of a stretch because Mike Zimmer was the defensive coordinator, all eight are in the Ravens and/or Rex Ryan coaching tree. No one in the NFL today disguises coverage looks and varies pressure on a consistent basis—the key to at least holding the top quarterbacks in check—better than those defenses. In short, nobody knows the top quarterbacks like Pettine and the rest.

So, Mike Pettine, what do you think of the talk that Brady is no longer in the top five of NFL quarterbacks?

Despite facing varying looks and consistent pressure, Brady's Patriots swept the Bills last season. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
Despite facing varying looks and consistent pressure, Brady and the Patriots swept the Bills last season. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

“It’s beyond ridiculous,” Pettine said, fiddling with his computer. “Top five? I mean, to me, it’s one and two (Brady and Peyton Manning) and then there’s a gap and then it’s probably (Drew) Brees and (Aaron) Rodgers would be three and four, however you want to order them. Until those two (Brady and Manning) retire, they’ll be one and two and then there will be a gap.

“This came up during the draft when they asked me about starting rookie quarterbacks. There’s only so many quarterbacks in the league, I don’t know what the number is, five maybe six that will be successful no matter who their supporting cast is. They got it done in New England with below average offensive linemen, receivers you never heard of. But because the system is so good and the guy running it is so good, it’s going to be successful. I think he’s that way, I think Peyton’s that way. But I think Tom’s probably the best at that. It doesn’t matter who’s around him. They’re going to get yards, they’re going to get points.”

It was pointed out the Patriots finished third in the league with 444 points despite having tight end Rob Gronkowski for only seven games, and one receiver (Julian Edelman) catch more than 54 passes.

“That’s what I mean,” Pettine said. “There aren’t many guys like that. There’s Tom then there’s Peyton and then I think Brees and you would put Rodgers in that group. Maybe (Philip) Rivers. I think Rivers has had some success and he’s had, like (Antonio) Gates in and out of the lineup, and some no names at wideout and he’s still been able to be successful. Once you get beyond that group, they’re dependent on the guys around them, as we saw with some guys last season. And then there are some quarterbacks you are going to struggle to win with no matter who’s around them. There’s probably 10 like that.”

Pettine described why the challenge of going against Brady and coach Bill Belichick was so unique.

“There were certain games where you knew that you had zero margin for error, that you couldn’t make a mistake or have a bad call or a bad series because they were going to take advantage of it,” Pettine said. “There are some coordinators you feel like you’re playing checkers against. You’re playing chess against grand masters when you’re going against those two. That’s just the way that you feel going into the game.

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“You see the games where they don’t do as well, there’s a little bit of frustration, especially on Tom’s part where he’s not getting a clean look. The games where he knows what you’re in (defensively), I mean it’s over. It might as well be pass scout (team drills). It’s over. The games that he goes 24 for 28, those are the teams that are rushing four and playing split safety coverage against him and it’s just a matter of him playing catch.

“That game (against Brady) is the ultimate dial-it-up, I have to be in something different (every play). Not only do I have to have a plan for the first half, but nobody’s better at second-half adjustments so we better come out in the second half, no matter what we’ve been successful with in the first half, we have to come up with something a little different in the second half. When you have success against him, I think that’s because you can keep him guessing a little bit, that he can’t get dialed in.

“The bottom line still is if you can’t match up against all five eligible (receivers), then you’re in trouble. Because he’ll exploit the one (bad matchup). That’s why they get in so much empty (backfield sets) when they start to struggle a little bit. When they get in empty, which kind of cleans (the look) up a little bit, there’s only so many things you can do (scheme-wise) against empty, and he’ll be more concerned about matchup than he is potential coverage. Where can I go? If you don’t have the players to matchup, you can’t hide anybody against them. If you’re hiding guys then you’re probably playing Cover 2 and you’re predictable and you’re probably getting gashed anyway.”

So, there you have it.

NICKEL PACKAGE

Niners QB Colin Kaepernick signed a six-year contract extension  this week. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
Niners QB Colin Kaepernick signed a six-year contract extension this week. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

1. Commendable contract for Kaepernick. Other agents, some of his teammates and other franchise quarterbacks looking toward new contracts might not be thrilled with contract extension signed by 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, but to me it’s a win-win for both sides. Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com reported the important details, including that only $13.1 million is truly guaranteed, and the rest of the guaranteed money is triggered annually on April 1. Kaepernick was in a tough spot because he set to play 2014 for about $1 million, and then the team could franchise tag him in ’15. It’s easy to say, “He should have bet on himself, played out ’14 and then went for the money in ’15.” But football is such a violent sport, you never know what’s going to happen. Look at Alex Smith. He was playing great football as 49ers starter in ’12, got hurt, didn’t get his job back and was traded. While I think Kaepernick at least should have gotten the ’15 tag in guaranteed money (around $18 million), I like that he essentially said, “If I perform, I’ll get paid. If I don’t, I shouldn’t get the money.” His teammates and other NFL quarterbacks around the league won’t like it because Kaepernick’s contract will be used to argue against big-money guarantees, but it’s an unselfish move by Kaepernick that gives the 49ers a lot of flexibility moving forward. I’m usually all for players grabbing as much cash as possible because teams will get of rid of them without blinking, but if a player wants to pass that up, he should be commended for it.

2. Finley still fighting. Packers free-agent tight end Jermichael Finley has received medical clearance to resume playing football and is taking medical tests around the league after suffering a spinal contusion last season and then having his vertebrae fused. He does have a tax-free $10 million insurance policy to fall back on if he doesn’t play again. However, knowing Finley, that’s probably not on his mind very much. He loves playing football, desires to be one of the more recognizable players in the league, and won’t stop until he does that, or a doctor tells him he can’t play anymore.

3. Miami preaching patience with Jordan. When the Dolphins traded up to draft end Dion Jordan third overall and then he produced just two sacks, it appeared that he was headed for bustville. But defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle said the team considered putting Jordan, who had labrum surgery before the draft, on injured reserve and didn’t expect much from him. This year will be Jordan’s proving ground. “You cannot have enough great pass rushers and, we feel that with Dion at full speed, we have a prime-time player that’s going to explode this year,” Coyle said.

4. The quick, healthy Eagles. There was a lot of talk earlier this year about college football cracking down on no-huddle offenses because of a perceived fatigue injury risk (it was later withdrawn). In the NFL, don’t be surprised if many teams start trying to copy what former Oregon coach Chip Kelly has been doing with the Eagles, if they haven’t already. Despite running the league’s fastest offense last season with one play every 23.38 seconds (the quickest pace in the league since at least 1997, which is as far back as the data goes), the Eagles were the fourth-healthiest team in the NFL last season (29 games by starters lost, with 16 coming from receiver Jeremy Maclin), according to Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News. One season is an absurdly small sample size, but you can bet other teams are keeping an eye on the Eagles’ fanaticism with sports science.

5. Guard-tackle transition. About a month before the draft, Rams general manager Les Snead and I talked about the Ravens’ decision in 1996 to draft future left tackle Jonathan Ogden and play him at left guard as a rookie. Snead’s in the same position now playing Greg Robinson at left guard next to left tackle Jake Long. “(The Ravens) made a long-term decision and they made it work short term,” Snead said. “At the end of the day, that may have been something that helped Jonathan because you get to go in and get your feet wet at maybe a less vulnerable position, and also in going from tackle to guard and you have to think quicker, so that can make moving to tackle smoother transition.”

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Buck2185
Buck2185

Greg, it is understandable that you would suck up to Brady since he is your boss's (PK) gay man crush. However, you are off base with your assessment. Brady's decline started when they stopped letting them tape other teams defenses (how many SB's has he won since spygate?). Secondly, teams figured out their little girl, pick and slant offensive strategy and have improved on how to defend that sickening game plan. Thirdly, Brady is aging, has been in a decline physically the last few years (how many balls do you see him throw that go further in the air than 15 yards?). Lastly, he is afraid to get hit. Have you ever seen him go to the ground before anyone is even near him?? How about going to the ground, 1 yd shy of a first in a playoff game. The killer was him lying on the ground, kicking a defensless defensive player in the crotch - that about summed up Tom Brady right there. The Patriots, and the league, will be better off the sooner the POS, and his coach are out of football...

KristinDiggins
KristinDiggins

I hope someone shows this article to Big Ben and Joe Flacco before the season and to Mr. Pettine after the season, during which his team will go 0-4 vs the Steelers and the Ravens.  

NFL_Buddha
NFL_Buddha

It is interesting that the writer presents the Kaepernick contract as a choice - I really do not think the DeBartolo people would have given him any more guaranteed money next year in any case so the only real choice he had was to make an extra 10+ million this year or not. Speaking of Brady, it took Kaepernick 3 years and 32 games to put up the numbers that Tom puts up in a given year. The 49ers had the 30th ranked passing offence with Kaepernick passing for 100 something yards per game last year and that was his best so far. Bottom line is he is not very good and the 49ers know that but they are giving him a chance to get good in which case they will pay him. The DeBartolo people are far too clever to hang themselves in relation to the salary cap with an unproven QB. Alex Smith also went to the NFC Championship with them and he ain't all that - Neither is Kaepernick.

dmorrisssey
dmorrisssey

Brady is not at 2007 level, but he's still better than at least 25 other starters.

BenjaminEnriquez
BenjaminEnriquez

TOM BRADY is better than PEYTON  MANNING  ....per say except He got beat twice in the SUPERBOWL by PEYTON's brother ELY MANNING !   so ...you figure  ? The only thing that is more important really in this game is the ones that  COUNTS at the end year in and out !!

Ocean_State_Patriots_Fan
Ocean_State_Patriots_Fan

With columns like the one above, Greg Bedard may be as much of an asset to his MMQB team as Tom Brady is to the Patriots.MMQB boss man Peter King should promote him.

Aaron Rodgers is the best quarterback in the game today.That said, I wouldn’t want anybody but Tom Brady as New England’s signal caller.Sure, at some future point I’ll feel differently.But I can’t think of a better HC-QB tandem today—or in NFL history, for that matter—than Belichick-Brady.New England has fallen short of its ultimate goal for reasons mostly other than Brady’s “decline.”At the top of that list should be the durability and reliability of some of Brady’s offensive weapons.If Brady’s “decline” was New England’s biggest problem now, the Patriots wouldn’t have any problems.

balo030869
balo030869

Tom Brady  OVERRATED...He can not win not knowing in advance what the defense play is going to be,  life if hard after Spygate isn't it?

SportPage
SportPage

No one can realistically deny Brady is an all-time great, but this is still a team game. When you can plug in a QB that hasn't started a game since high school and still win 11 games, you have to give some credit to the other players, schemes, and in particular, coaches.


On the other hand, the Colts went 2-14 when they lost Manning for a season. Draw your own conclusions as to which QB was more important to their team.

hscer
hscer

In the 2 games vs. Buffalo last year, Brady's dropbacks (pass attempts and times sacked) produced 388 yards on 80 plays, for less than 5 yards per play. Meanwhile, N. E. backs ran 69 times for 432 yards, for more than 6 yards per play.


But they went 2-0, which is obviously entirely due to quarterback play.

StoneSlade
StoneSlade

Q: What do you call Tom Brady outside of the Patriots system?

A: Matt Cassell

Motherfucker Jones
Motherfucker Jones

@Buck2185 "Spygate" as you call it. (Every other team in the league was doing the same thing but people seem to leave that out and make it seem like the Patriots were the only team doing it. They were the ones to be made an example of, plain and simple) Also a Quote from Eric Mangini who brought it to the league's attention: "I think when you look at the history of success that the Patriots had after that incident, it’s pretty obvious that it didn’t play any type of significant role in the victories the Patriots had or the success that the Patriots had." Since "Spygate" the Patriots have played in 4 AFC Championship games and 2 Superbowls, and had the highest winning percentage of any team. Can you name another team/ QB who has done that?  No, you can't.  Give up Spygate, it doesn't hold water. You're done.  Superbowls are not the only games by which a team is measured. 

BallRush
BallRush

@Buck2185 No stats in here except Super Bowl wins.  If that's the only measure, then you are right.  But you're probably not going to be able to say that soon...  they are likely going to win one again with Brady and Belichick leading the way.

patriot1burke
patriot1burke

@Buck2185 

Yeah, after spygate, Brady broke the records for touchdowns (2007) and passes without an interception(2010).

NFL_Buddha
NFL_Buddha

Adult quarterbacks are not concerned with all purpose yards as they disappear with youth. The numbers are what they are, it doesn't have anything to do with me. Kaepernick has ridden a great offensive line, Frank Gore and a decent defence to success. The NFC West had a ridiculously easy schedule last year resulting in inflated records. San Francisco played only 3 games against teams outside of their division that won more than 8 games last season and lost every single one but they got wins over three 4-12 teams, a 3-13 team & 2 &14 team. It is what it is.

Realist
Realist

@NFL_Buddha Boy, are you full of it. Kaepernick has started 24 regular season games. Despite Harbaugh's run-first approach, Kaep has averaged 250 all-purpose yards per game as a starter. And in case you didn't notice, they play a little defense in the NFC West, unlike the soft butter than passes for defense in the AFC East. Without his favorite receiver, Kaep ranked 6th in the NFL in QBR last year (Brady was 10th). He has won 3 playoff road games in only two seasons - which matches Brady's career total. 


The 49ers aren't stupid, and neither is Kaepernick. They believe in him, which is why they paid him. He believes in himself, which is why he's willing to work for incentives. Your post is going to look really, really stupid in the years to come, while Brady's inevitable decline (which has already cleared begun) continues and the Patriots return to mediocrity. 


Realist
Realist

@dmorrisssey That sounds about right. 32 minus 25 = 7. Being the 7th best QB in the NFL isn't too shabby, and that's higher than he will be a year from now. Father Time always wins in the end.


BrettLeuszler
BrettLeuszler

@BenjaminEnriquez  Brady didn't play AGAINST Eli: there were DEFENSES on the field during those games, and while the NYG had pretty good ones, the Patriots' defensive unit has struggled to be even just average for a number of years. Those two Superbowls were won primarily by the Giant's defense managing to keep the Patriots offense bottled-up JUST enough to let Eli's mediocre skills pull out some MEAGRE wins mostly off a couple of MIRACLE catches...

KevinDoucette
KevinDoucette

@BenjaminEnriquez Totally agree. Brady has won three of those games. I'd say that's pretty good since only 2 QBs have ever won more

blackcatcrosses
blackcatcrosses

@BenjaminEnriquez He also led his team to leads in the last couple of minutes in both those SBs and then watched as his defense couldn't hold.

BillRobinson
BillRobinson

The Bill Walsh/Joe Montana duo would challenge the Belichick/Brady duo in most peoples' minds. Otherwise, I would agree with you.

kevred
kevred

@balo030869 The guy who can't even type a complete, coherent sentence is calling the enormously successful pro athlete overrated. Got it.

John64
John64

@SportPage You can plainly see by the replies to your comment that your comment is pretty stupid.


Johnny Unitas was out the entire 1968 season.  His no-name replacement not only led the Colts to 13-1 and the super bowl, he also WON NFL MVP.


Gee, I guess that means Johnny Unitas was just a system QB / product of the system, right?

kksred
kksred

@SportPage Except for these tiny facts:

a) Curtis Painter was the 3rd string QB for the Colts and Cassel was the 2nd string

b) Cassel was good enough to have a probowl season in Kansas and then go on to start games at Minnesota.

c) The 2008 Pats lost against every team that had a winning record.

d) The 2008 roster was essentially the same roster that many call the greatest team to not win the SB minus Brady

e) The Colts went 10-6 with Manning in 2010 and 11-5 with Andrew Luck in 2012. Does this mean that Andrew Luck is better than Manning? 

Robert27
Robert27

@SportPage Cassell in 2008. 1600 fewer passing yards, a QB-rating 30 points lower and 29...29...fewer TD passes than the previous season. And the team lost 5 more games.

Other than that, pretty much the same.

Conclusion drawn.

RickDesper
RickDesper

@hscer

"more than 6 yards per play"

Yeah, when the Pats find a soft run defense, they line up and blast at it.  IIRC, that was one of Blount's monster games. 

You certainly told that guy who was arguing that the Pats only beat the Bills because of Brady!  Now let's see if we can track that guy down...I don't remember anybody saying that....

LiveFreeOrDie
LiveFreeOrDie

@hscer  You're kidding, correct? I suppose what the defense was giving the Pats had ZERO to do with those stats. Nah....

kksred
kksred

@hscer Oh wow! Two games to judge an entire season with no context? I'm convinced. I guess I can say that Manning is a pathetic excuse for a QB after watching the SB or the Rodgers is a choker because he can't beat San Francisco. 

John64
John64

@StoneSlade

Q: What do you call Johnny Unitas outside of the Colts system?


A. Earl Morrall.


Duh.

LiveFreeOrDie
LiveFreeOrDie

@StoneSlade  Q; What do you call a Stone Slade in front of a mirror?

                   A; Rosie O'Donnel

kksred
kksred

@StoneSlade What do you call Matt Cassel out of the Patriots system?


A: A pro bowler at Kansas

YuSuk
YuSuk

Q: What do you call a troll that doesn't watch football?

A: StoneSlade

Probably the stupidest comment I've read anywhere in over a month.

BenMyers
BenMyers

@VolmajerMitja Nice article, I knew the barebones of most of that, but nice to see it so well summated.  Thanks for posting it!

blackcatcrosses
blackcatcrosses

@Robert27 @SportPage Sure, but that was also a QB that hadn't started a football game since HIGH SCHOOL. He didn't say they were the same, just that it was impressive.

hscer
hscer

@LiveFreeOrDie And if good rushing is because the defense is giving them the run, does this mean in Brady's good games, the defense is just conceding the passing game?

hscer
hscer

@LiveFreeOrDie Live Free Or Die. That's New Hampshire, right? I wonder where kks is from.

hscer
hscer

@kksred @hscer And more generally, the article this one was a response to uses all of 2013, not 2 games, to make its conclusions.

hscer
hscer

@kksred @hscer I was mostly influenced by the caption to the picture, which of course was there because the interviewee was Buffalo's DC last year. Looks like Buffalo's "varying looks and consistent pressure" actually worked.

Sportsfan18
Sportsfan18

@YuSuk Yu Suk


The season Matt Cassell played for Tom Brady, his stats were basically the same as Brady's stats...


In that season, Cassell completed 63.4% of his passes.


Wanna guess what Tom Brady's CAREER completion percentage is right NOW?  63.4%


OH, even with that very good, BRADY LIKE season of 63.4%, Cassell's career completion percentage right now is only 59.0 percent and it would be a tad lower without that full season at 63.4% with the team they would have had around Tom.


Cassell threw an INT on 2.1% of his passes that season he played for Tom.  


Tom, for his career, has thrown an INT on 2.0% of his passes.  Cassell WAS Tom like that season in this regard too.


Oh, Cassell throws an INT on 2.9% of his passes for his career and it would be at 3 plus if not for that full season at 2.1% with Tom's team.


Matt Cassell has had trouble duplicating his stats from the year he led the Pats when Tom was injured.  It's still the season where he's averaged the most passing yards per game of his career.


Now, was he Tom Brady?  NO, but he was much closer to playing like Tom with Tom's teammates than anywhere else in his career.


Tom's numbers wouldn't be so great if he was picked by the Brown's...  


Obviously, Matt Cassell's numbers would be better than they are today had he played each season with the Pats...

BY
BY

@YuSuk Question should be:What do you call a troll that doesn't watch football and doesn't know his butt from a hot rock?


Otherwise, you nailed it!

patriot1burke
patriot1burke

@Buck2185 @patriot1burke 

4 AFC championship games and 2 Superbowls since Spygate.  What team has done better?  Manning has also lost 2 Superbowls since Spygate.

LiveFreeOrDie
LiveFreeOrDie

@hscer @LiveFreeOrDie  Possibly..it's always a chess match. In todays game, it's rare to see any defense being able to stop both the run and passing games. There are the exceptions, and that could be Seattle based on what we saw in the Super Bowl. I'm not saying that Brady is at the peak of his game. He can't be. However, for anyone to minimalize his game to "demise" is hyperbole at its best. It's just dumb.

At some point, TB will be gone and his body will betray him, if he decides to stretch his career out to that point. I think he brings a cerebral approach that can overcome some his physical faults.

I don't like stats to be the "everything" about any argument. They have their place but there are always so many intangibles. The argument can be made that in 2013/14, his weapons were sub-par. Nobody will ever confuse Amendola for Wes Welker in his prime. Heck, Wes was barely a factor with Manning. Gronk going down. Hernandez deciding to ruin his life, these have got to be a factor in Tom's ability to pass, no?

And yes, it is New Hampshire, a "free" state. No sales tax, no income tax, cheap booze (just determined that NH has the highest alcohol consumption in the US), cheap cigarettes, cheaper gas...the folks from Maine, Vermont and Massachusetts love us and spend a ton of money here, thank you. We even get a boatload of folks from Canada in the summer...all wearing those Habs sweaters...

kksred
kksred

@hscer The original article was just stats with no context.


Here is some context:

a) Gronk missed 9 games.

b) Brady lost Hernandez, Welker, Lloyd and Danny Woodhead.

c) The front office replaced them with a 2nd round and 4th round Wr and 1 UDFA WR and 1 UDFA TE. Clearly this backfired when the receivers struggled to run the right routes because of their lack of knowledge of the playbook.

d) The 4th round receiver missed most of the season with a broken foot.

e) Dobson had a stress fracture and missed 5 or 6 games.

f) Danny Amendola lost a step because he was playing a torn groin and missed games because of concussions.

g) On the O-line Solder, Connolly and Vollmer got injured with Wendell and Mankins playing like crap.

h) The UDFA TE didn't pan out and was cut.

i) Brady had an injured tendon in his throwing hand during the middle of the season.

j) The Patriots had the second highest drops in the NFL.


blackcatcrosses
blackcatcrosses

@Sportsfan18 @YuSuk Well sure...I mean...other than the whole 50 TD passes vs. 21. Or the 4800 yds vs 3600 yds. Other than that, pretty much identical, sure.

awlwaysright
awlwaysright

@patriot1burke @Buck2185 Don't argue with Buck2185 cause getting to the SB twice is hardly an accomplishment.  In fact, it's only 2nd place!  30 other teams, including Buck2185"s, would love to be able to say they made it that far.  

hscer
hscer

@kksred What about the KC Joyner one after 2012? Also just biased BS?

Sportsfan18
Sportsfan18

@blackcatcrosses @Sportsfan18 @YuSuk reading comprehension sir...


I said "he was much closer (which means NOT the SAME as) to playing like Tom with Tom's teammates than anywhere else in his career."


And THAT was true as that season was the best numbers of Matt's career, so by definition, he was closer to Tom than other years.


ALSO, I said Cassell's "numbers would be BETTER than they are today had he played EACH season with the Pats."


I did NOT say his numbers would be as good as Tom's just better than his numbers are today.


So, for you to pick out Tom's best season and say that I said Cassell's numbers would equal that is wrong.


I said NO such thing.  Had Cassell played EACH season with the Pats in his career, his numbers would be better than they are now.  Not Tom's level, but better.


See, THAT isn't hard to understand right?

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