What actually happened was that the Pats split their running back wide and a linebacker covered him.
This does make it easier to take the chance on the receiver being able to beat the defender to a spot, but it doesn't always happen. It's a risky throw, and I'm guessing this is why Brady only makes it in this circumstance. Smart move. Still, it was enough to get the job done. That doesn't make it a great throw. There is a world of difference between getting the job done and great.
Just above average as compared to record-setting. You want a wider gap?
I don't think Cassell was "just above average". I think he did extremely well for a QB with zero starts prior to that season, and the reason is because of the talented team and the system - the SAME reasons Brady was successful.
Cassell did in his first year about the same type of performance Brady did in his. That says it all.
Just as the team didn't go 16-0 every year, neither will records be set every year. I think everything came together for that team in that one year, and more of it had to do with other factors than to do with Brady.
He wasn't an afterthought when he had similar offensive weapons (I'd argue KC's are better. Dwayne Bowe and Jamaal Charles are better than anyone pre-2007) and an average o-line, at best. So I don't see evidence on why he'd be an afterthought now.
Sure. Right. When KC's offensive line gives him far less time to throw, the defense doesn't play nearly as well, special teams aren't that special, and the overall talent is far less, I'm sure Brady would have saved the day and taken KC to the Super Bowl on multiple occasions, no matter that he doesn't have the same system to play in. *rolls eyes*
You're not comparing the right things here - Brady had record setting, elite numbers when Moss was there. Cassel put up good numbers with Moss and Welker there. If Cassel were on the pre-Moss teams, playing, I doubt he'd play very well.
If Cassel couldn't replicate what he produced in NE, Brady wouldn't have done so either. That's just logic.
Dude, the hate is unnecessary and exhausting. He seems like he's a decent person. Just let him be.
Couple of points:
First, Brady isn't a decent person. He's a pompous arrogant a** who thinks he's better than he is because of hype and over rating from people like you. He's a womanizing fool who managed to convince foolish women to be with him because he's famous and has money. I don't like people who are this way.
Second, I don't like players, teams, and people who cheat to get ahead. As I pointed out, NE unquestionably cheated to win the SB against the Rams. They should be stripped of that SB title as a result, and it's ridiculous that didn't happen. Lance Armstrong may have cheated, but at least he (finally) admitted it and they did the right thing in stripping his titles. The Patriots go on like nothing happened - players keep their rings, banners fly from the rafters, and it's all a lie.
I will forever hate the Patriots as a result, and nothing you can say will change that. The only way I'll ever be neutral toward that team is if the NFL vacates their first SB title, which isn't going to happen because the NFL wanted them to win the title that year.
I didn't realize you were basing this info on one game.
I'm not. It's nearly every game. If you don't count it yourself like I do, all you have to do is listen to the announcers. They'll point it out eventually (usually after it has occurred MANY times already). In fact, when Brady does NOT get that much time to throw, it's astounding how often the Patriots lose or barely eek out a win - or maybe it's not so astounding.