I for one am not celebrating the injury to Brady. I've torn my ACL and it SUCKS! And whoever wins the Super Bowl this year (whether it's us or anyone else) will face questions because they didn't have to beat Brady to do it.
But, his unfortunate injury will allow us to observe a once hypothetical scenario of where the credit lies in the Patriots success: Brady or Belichick. It might also suggest who in a vacuum is truly the better QB: Brady or Manning. We still won't be able to play out who would be the better QB if they changed teams, but we'll be able to see if a guy who has never thrown a college or professional TD pass (until Sunday) can lead the Patriots to the playoffs. I think we all know where the Colts would be without Peyton.
If the Patriots have a dismal season, it will indicate just how important Tom Brady is. If the Patriots can catch lightning in a bottle twice with another unheralded backup, it will indicate that Brady is the product of Belichick's system and isn't as valuable as he is made out to be.
It might be a little hard to tell with their ridiculously easy schedule. I can't see them being much worse than 7-9 (They still play the Dolphins twice, 49ers, Cardinals, Raiders, Rams). If Cassel can lead them to 11or more wins my opinion of Brady will change.
Any thoughts? Predictions?