Monday, December 22, 2008

Anonther idiotic trade Tom Brady article

This time coming from Dave Heuschkel at SI. I'm not going to go too deep into it, but here are a couple gems:

Cassel is in the final year of his contract. The Patriots could let him go or slap the franchise tag on him trade him [to the 49ers] for a first-round draft pick.

Yes, the mythical franchise tag and trade for the 49er's #1 draft pick idea that many people (including Bill Simmons) are latching on to. Of course, no one seems to consider any of the following factors that might dissuade the 49ers from eagerly handing their 2009 first round choice over for Cassel:

1. There's a good likelihood that the draft will be stacked with QBs.
2. San Francisco has been kinda decent with Shaun Hill.
3. Matt Cassel has been, shall we say, inconsistent against a cupcake schedule.
4. If the Patriots franchise Cassel, that will mean that they will have to pay him around $10 million for the 2009 season if they can't trade him. Cassel and Brady combined would be making around $25 million, or about 1/5 of the total salary cap. One would think the 49ers could used this to their advantage at the bargaining table.

Cassel's numbers in his first season as a starting quarterback are similar to Brady's stats in 2001 when he permanently replaced an injured Drew Bledsoe, who was the face of the franchise.

Cassel has completed 63.8 percent of his passes and thrown for 3,270 yards with 18 touchdowns, 11 interceptions and a QB rating of 87.1 In Brady's first season as a starter, he posted a 63.9 completion percentage and threw for 2,843 yards with 18 touchdowns, 12 interceptions and an 86.5 rating.

Peyton Manning's QB Rating his rookie year: 71.2
Does Peyton Manning have a lingering knee injury: Yes
Does Manning have a career 90+ QB Rating (like Brady): Yes
Why the Colts aren't tripping over themselves trying to get Matt Cassel: I don't know.

For the truly thick headed, I've made a logical flow chart to describe the situation:

IF Brady can play close to the level he did in 2007
THEN you don't trade him, unless you're a mouth breathing idiot

IF it is unclear whether or not Brady will ever return to form
THEN you wait until you're absolutely sure before considering a trade

IF Brady's health is still months away from being determined
THEN you don't write moronic articles about inane hypotheticals in the middle of one of the most exciting ends to the NFL regular season in years.

I will close with some of the comments from SI's commenters on this article (these are all from the first 20 out of 231 comments):

"What are you smoking?How did you get this job?"

"This is the dumbest thing I've ever read, or seen for that matter. Dumbest. Inexplicable. Indefensible. Just plain stupid."

"Does this guy usually cover Volleyball? Find a new line of work, you're bad at this one."


"How in the world do they let people like you write about sports? You should be ashamed and embarassed that the whole world gets to see your stupidity."

"[Who] the **** gave you a job? There are thousands of people looking for new jobs in these economic times and you got it?"

"This is hands down the stupidest thing I've read in 2008. And that includes my political news stories."

"Are you Matt Millen in disguise??"

Yup, those are his readers.


Tonus said...

It's never too soon for Matt Millen jokes.

Bengoodfella said...

I actually saw this idiotic article on CNNSI at the side and did not even click on it because it seemed like the dumbest idea ever. EVER. This is like the Colts trading Peyton Manning because they have Jim Sorgi there to back him up. If any one in the Patriots organization brought this up in a meeting, they would immediately be executed/fired.


Bengoodfella said...

That thought about the 49ers being able to use the fact the Patriots are going to possibly pay both QB's $25 million combined next year if they slap the franchise tag on Cassel against them at the bargaining table. I thought about that as well but we have to remember it is the 49ers and there is no way they are smart enough to do this.

I think we will see Cassel traded to the 49ers for their entire draft. I am kidding...kind of.