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December 11, 2008 by CHIPZ 

matt cassel 264x300 CHIPZ SAYZ... MATT CASSEL HAS GONE AWOL!!

CHIPZ SAYZ… MATT CASSEL HAS GONE AWOL! On December 8th, 2008, Patriot’s Quarterback Matt Cassel’s father was found dead in San Bernardino, California. Cassel left the Patriots soon afterwards to return home with family. It is unclear whether or not he will come back to play during this Sunday’s game at Oakland.

The New England Patriots are in a three way tie in the AFC East. This coming Sunday’s game at Oakland will be a decisive game in determining who will take the lead in the AFC East and with a possibility that Matt Cassel will not return by this Sunday’s game will hurt this franchise in any hope of winning the Superbowl or even getting into the playoffs. We must also include key defensive player Tedy Bruschi who is likely to be out for the remainder of the season as a result of a knee injury will hinder the Patriots in being a successful team.

I, CHIPZ, have my own conclusions and conspiracies. Is Coach Belichick hiding something from us? Yes, I understand that Matt Cassel has a duty to go home to be with family and sort out any personal issues, but lets look at the big picture; as a player, when you sign those contacts, you also sign away that luxury. Look at past NFL history. Quarterback Brett Favre’s father died the day of his game and yet he was still on that field even with fans believing he wouldn’t show up. I believe that Matt Cassel simply packed his bags and walked out knowing that he might not return. It explains why Coach Belichick has no definite answer to whether Cassel will be back by this Sunday’s game or not. I personally don’t think we will see Matt Cassel return for the remainder of the 2008 season. Which leaves us with backup quarterback Kevin O’Connell who has only completed three passes during this entire season. However, I do believe that Kevin O’Connell was a great quarterback at San Diego State with a career 7,689 passing yards, 46 touchdowns, and a completion rating of 57.7%. The statistics aren’t up to par as some of his co NFL quarterback draftees, but the San Diego State Aztecs had a horrible offensive line and mediocre wide receivers. A collapsing offensive line isn’t something that is new to quarterback Kevin O’Connell and I will call it now, if he has the chance to start for the Patriots this weekend against the Oakland Raiders, the Patriots will win. Matt Cassel’s stock has just bottomed out!



  1. Brett on December 11th, 2008 2:26 pm

    do u really think cassel is gone? i just sent this article link to all my college buddies because we’re from san diego state and we cant wait to see kevin oconnel tear shit up! great post by the way. ive been reading your fantasy football articles for the past month and i made it to the playoffs because of you! great tips. you think you can score me anymore before this sunday? im not sure if i should start donovan mcnabb or philip rivers.

  2. CHIPZ on December 11th, 2008 2:51 pm

    Latest news just came in. Matt Cassel returned to practice today with the Patriots, therefore, my hope for Kevin O’Connell to start has diminished. However, I’m also glad that I could help you out in getting to the playoffs. Next is winning the entire season. Remember, to play it smart. That’s all you have to do. Right now, a lot of teams are still in the hunt for the playoffs, so you don’t have to worry about teams subbing out their starters. However, be careful about starting Reggie Bush if you have him. Thomas Pierce looks like he’ll be taking a good share of carries away from Reggie Bush. Hopefully, I can write another article before Sunday’s game to help you out. Send me your team roster to my email address: CHIPZ@Sportsroids.com so I can help you out and hopefully give you more information on Rivers and Mcnabb.

  3. Mark M on December 11th, 2008 2:54 pm

    I knew he would return. Come on, he wasn’t even raised by his father, who is separated from his mother. Either way, Cassel doens’t have the free room to not show up the rest of the season, because he is playing for his future! Who wants to sign a player who goes AWOL as a franchise QB?

  4. CHIPZ on December 11th, 2008 6:30 pm

    Mark M,
    You make a very good point. Cassel is a future franchise QB and probably not with the Patriots. However, it would’ve been fun to see Kevin O’Connell get his chance to show off what he can do with a team like the Patriots. Thanks for comment. If you need any advice for fantasy football, contact me at CHIPZ@Sportsroids.com.

  5. Tommy Barton on December 12th, 2008 2:17 am

    Mark M is a fantasy guru! He gives really informed advice. He is so good I would call him a “fantasy sports prophet!”. He single-handedly saved my season with his waiver wire posts. Whenever he has posted tips on fantasy, I have used them. Just think I got Antonio Bryant off the waiver wire and he had 200 yard and 2 TD’s in my semi-finals game.

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