Cassel has spent years preparing for leading role

Patriots QB Matt Cassel hasn't started a game since high school, but he's confident he is prepared as he steps in for the injured Tom Brady, Greg Garber writes.

Originally Published: September 12, 2008
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

Three years ago, Doug Flutie found himself back with the Patriots in what would be his 22nd and final season as a professional quarterback. He'd played in the USFL and the Canadian Football League, and this was his second tour of duty in New England.

Flutie looked forward to film sessions with Tom Brady, who had led the Patriots to three Super Bowl victories in the preceding four seasons and won two MVP awards in the process. What Flutie didn't anticipate was an attitude from ...

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