News broke this afternoon that New England Patriots superstar and franchise quarterback Tom Brady had to leave practice today, although the severity of the injury is unknown as of yet:
Tom Brady leaves practice with knee injury http://t.co/9q5WCnjQkF
— NFL: AroundTheLeague (@NFL_ATL) August 14, 2013
But what many football fans may not realize is that this potential injury could be a good thing for the Patriots. Let’s take a look at the recent history of the New England organization, especially at their quarterbacks. The story of Brady coming on as a replacement for injured Drew Bledsoe is now legend, as the former 199th overall pick in the 2000 NFL Draft took over for the aging veteran and never gave the starting spot back.
Then, in 2008, when Brady blew out his knee and required season-ending surgery, Matt Cassel led the Patriots to 11-5 record despite not earning a postseason berth.
This apparent “tragedy” in 2008 allowed head coach Bill Belichick to get a great chance to utilize the talented Cassel. After his breakout season, the Patriots traded Cassel for a high second-round draft pick before his performance declined, making the trade a huge bonus for the Patriots.
If New England can get either the controversial Tim Tebow or the young gun Ryan Mallett a chance to prove themselves while Brady is out, they could have a similar situation on their hands as the Cassel year. Mallett was a college football star and has an incredible arm. He just needs the chance to lead a team to prove he can be an NFL quarterback. Tebow is a proven winner and could lead the Patriots to the playoffs if given the opportunity.
With an aging Brady, who just turned 36, this potential injury could be a blessing in disguise.