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Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Belichick on Cassel: 'He's our quarterback'


Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

Don't expect the New England Patriots to make a quarterback switch any time soon.

On a conference call Tuesday, coach Bill Belichick tersely responded when asked if he remained confident in Matt Cassel.

"Yes," was Belichick's full reply.

A follow-up question regarded whether Belichick has considered trying rookie Kevin O'Connell.

"Matt is our starting quarterback," Belichick said. "He gives our team the best chance to win. We all have to play better and coach better than we did last week. We have to do a better job than we did against San Diego. But he's our quarterback."

So that's a pretty sharp way to dismiss a quarterback controversy.

Cassel has the worst passer rating among AFC East starters and ranks 19th in the NFL. He has completed 64.8 percent of his passes (seventh), but he's averaging only 182 yards per game (25th). Twenty-four quarterbacks have thrown more touchdown passes than Cassel has.

Tom Brady rewriting the NFL record books feels like a long, long time ago.