After the horrific incident last night, reports are surfacing that Brady has a torn ACL. Either way, the Patriots annouced that he is undergoing knee surgery (the kind was not specified) and is out for the rest of the season. Without Brady NE managed to pull out a 17-10 win with the completely unproven Matt Cassels at QB. This begs the questions...is history repeating and what would it take for Cassels to supplant Brady?
Even if Cassels' played solidly for the year and the Pats made the playoffs, would that be enough for the Pats to trade Brady? It would certainly be the makings of a quaterback Controversy, but I highly doubt it would be one where the three time Superbowl Champion Brady would find himself out of a Pats uniform or worse, on the bench. However, say the unthinkable happens, and the Pats go 19-0, or say 18-1 or even 17-2 and WON the Superbowl, would that be enough? Surely this would put Pats fans up in arms and would have their foes licking their lips at the taste of what some would reckon as just desserts for the man whose success came at the expense of another injured pro-bowl starting quaterback.
However, having said that, unlike Tom Brady Drew Bledsoe was never considered to be the best quaterback of his generation and arguably the best to ever touch a pigskin. So even if Cassels lead the Pats to a Superbowl this year and earns himself the top spot on Belichick's team for next year that doesn't mean that a recovered Brady, traded to a different team wouldn't be able to re-live Superbowl glory in a different uniform (and don't even go there about the Pats keeping Cassels as starter and Brady on the bench- didn't happen to Favre- No Way it will happen to Brady).