So I'm seeing headlines like "The Matt Cassel Era" and all sorts of praise for him, and I honestly wonder why. He was undrafted out of USC (which I realize means very little) where he never started a game (which should make you think). He's been a career backup until this last season where he filled in for Tom Brady. He played well, and should be given credit for that.
However, what doesn't cease to amaze me is how all of a sudden he's the greatest thing since sliced bread. His numbers last season were good for someone in his position, but at best just above average overall. I'm always wary about one-hit wonders, especially QB's (see David Garrard, Derek Anderson). You could (and should) ask yourself: self, was he a product of an excellent offensive system? was he a product of the easiest schedule in the NFL? I remember when everyone was crying for Cassel to make the Pro Bowl after throwing for 400 yards and 3 TD's in 2 straight games against sub-par teams. Then Pittsburgh happened. The Steelers routed the Patriots for their worst loss in years, and what's more, Cassel threw 2 INT's and coughed up 2 fumbles. Yes, I realize the Steelers defense was one of the best in recent years, but look at what Kurt Warner did in SBXLIII (and before you go off on your Larry Fitzgerald speach, I say to you: "Randy Moss").
What is happening to Cassel in the free-agent market (yes, he was traded, but for the purposes of this time frame, it is irrelevant) is very similar to Matt Schaub a few years back. He was supposed to be the next Steve Young, playing behind then-unsuspended Michael Vick. The Texans nab him, and, when healthy, he's solid and nothing more.
So I guess overall, to quote Denny Green "If you want to crown [him], then crown [his]"--I'll stop there... I, however, want to see far more proof that he is who you think he is before I decide. And don't think I'm hating on Cassel, I want him to succeed as much as any other fan of the game. I just am stubborn and want to be convinced by more evidence.