Lane: Cassel has come to crossroads with Patriots
(NECN) - The New England Patriots have a short work week before they take on the Philadelphia Eagles in their final pre season game Friday. Quarterback Tom Brady has still yet to see game action due to the injury to his foot. Where does the team stand just a few weeks before the season opener? ...
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The show it to the Patriots they get ready for their third pre season game this Friday against the Eagles Tom ready has still yet to see game -- -- -- that injured foot. What is the team's -- just a few weeks before the opener. It's brilliant former Patriots offensive line backs and it ties perspective max always good to -- -- welcome back -- football season is underway. How important was the pre season you back in the day that it -- -- a lot because we're not -- Brady received some other guys that I ought practices set out some of these games. Is it a lot I think you know whenever you're talking about pre season and talk about. As a younger player it means more than it does as an older player you know. Your players -- guys that don't cancel -- concerned about it. Maybe that you overcame a slow down for them and you know a couple practices a week of practice. -- can get them back in the groove on that's why wouldn't be so much worried about Matt like Stephen Neal. I mean the thing you worry about those guys are there actual injury or whatever keep it about me as far as the timing of the game. The continuity along the front. That's stuff about -- -- -- those guys have played together. For you know for several years -- solitary able to do. Last year minus the Super Bowl -- he I don't see any I don't see it any hiccups from them missing time very -- What do you see when you look at this makeshift front now Wesley Britt has been on the left side they've moved some people around inside Billy Yates got invest some time in. Playing right now what you see from some -- on the play. So that's a tremendous opportunity for them I mean and it's great for the team because like. It's great for the team from a valuation standpoint you don't hear that you see Gil Scott mills all the guys are never an era. So -- to see those guys in game situations. Being real fired up can they play next of these other guys -- there's a lot of stuff like that and Obama's plan. Coach Burnett if you like to see different guys be able to play next to each other as you never know from game to game if somebody's gonna go down. So you wanna know -- guy can can he adapt to playing against different with different people. You know in a ramp up Ice-T. Full out situation. You're about conditioning for -- these guys obviously we haven't seen those guys practice them so they do -- himself on the side but. It's not the same is practicing and going full on more contact. I think conditioning from a condition perspective you are concerned about it but you know what you're concerned about the guys that have been -- pre season. That first regular season game comes even you know even if you've played the whole -- season. You do not have that kind of games stamina. That you're gonna have note and tell you play that first game. It's a shock to your system that is it's a big shock your system that firfer refusing game that you're used to. It's pretty season. Your play -- heart that he couldn't you know maybe that third pre season game in three quarters in the that fourth pre season game you back off all of us may not even play. So that first regular season game plus the adrenaline of everything that goes almost week -- -- It's a shock your system and that would be you know if the guys hadn't played -- work they have played -- Well there's a -- about -- -- they're like we gotta make this team looks like that draft class has been pretty good one of those guys. Especially a guy like -- odd man gonna -- probably considerable action in week one take us through. Yeah first I'm on the field your first game how fast how different was -- fourth. Those those real class of my first start was. In pre season and then my first regular season start was against rob Burnett for the Browns is playing for the Browns all well. And it was a it was a big shock -- you know as is my second year I was just you know play and are prepared hard -- and and just does what without me it's deal from a condition perspective in between hello there between the series like. And Adam were playing it's a great player like that you know so as a rookie I don't know what do you know fortunately I have rookie year to. To kinda get acclimated to the whole life for NFL that kind of stuff. As a rookie I can imagine my roommate Marty Moore who was mr. irrelevant back in the day. He started his first regular season game in his rookie year and I mean it was like it was a big it was a big deal -- for him handle it in it's a big thing we handle for rookie. He had to talk him down a little bit and I got a guy fourth year Matt Cassel who you expect considering I he's he's working with. Offense scored adjustment there has been there for a long time he's working behind Tom ready we'd all right he's done. And it seems as if to a certain degree here in this campaign he's regressed a little bit your thoughts on what you -- -- -- the first two weeks. First off policy hello Matt Cassel and knowing and knowing well and I'd love I'd love for everybody out well that -- and you know on the other side things I think this team has come and I think he's coming -- of a crossroads in his team seems like where. He's either got to make it or break you know like back -- hits -- who's been on the station for. I think of that regime backed and those stated those ineffective that they were more patient with guys of that and in a back up situation. This day and age with the escalating salaries. Of guys that they give up in years. They're not so they what their back ups to be either moving them forward right so they can have some value for maybe in the future of the trade. Or they want to 'cause be first or second years to come into place that'll pay well considering. Brady is coming into this year with some questions about his health with a foot injury and all of that whatever else is going on with him. Do they need to go find a veteran or can they going to this year with a guy like Gutierrez will be in his second year I -- O'Connell who's a rookie. I thought you know look at at the roster and just -- in the right on the wall -- he's well it seems like with those guys younger under Brady. I can't argue it's electric Doug Flutie type. It's some type of deciding may be right before here. Let you know I don't know everything -- just seems like Vinny Testaverde so Israel Mac's chest didn't --