But it’s not just a couple of bad Bears trades that scare the heck out of me. It’s dealing with Bill Belichick. He doesn’t lose deals too often. That’s how the Patriots stay good year after year. The Patriots draft from a position of strength, buy low and sell high and always win. They turned Matt Cassel’s 11-5 season filling in for Tom Brady into a second round draft pick.
Tom Brady was injured in the first game of the 2008 season, so Matt Cassel, who’d been Tom Brady’s understudy the previous three seasons, was pressed into action. Cassel, who hadn’t been a starter even when he was at USC, guided the Patriots to an 11-5 record that season, although they did miss the playoffs that season.
There are a lot of similarities between Jimmy G and Matt C. The big difference is that Cassel put together way more tape than Garoppolo, who got hurt two games into Brady’s four-game suspension.
The market is sure to fire up in the coming weeks. It’s up to Ryan Pace to stand his ground, hang on to those precious draft picks and plug the numerous holes up and down the Bears roster. Go get a top safety, another pass rusher (because you can never have enough) or a ball-hawking, lockdown cornerback. Make the defense dominant again. Roll with Jordan Howard and a game manager quarterback. It’s a very old-school formula, but one that’s proven to work.