My biggest pro for Cassel has to be the ability to get more out a situation than I would expect.
When Tom Brady went down in New England, the result was so different from what I expected. What I expected was something a whole lot closer to what The Colts have seen, without Peyton Manning this season.
And, when he came here, I gave him no chance to win ten games (even on an easy schedule) in his second year.
Then, this season, I fully expected a letdown from 2010, even before the player losses from injury. And yet, He did win four games in a row.
As for Kyle Orton......
He is the ultimate underdog in some ways.
The Bears thought he was such a horrible passer, that they could not trust him to throw the ball past ten yards.
And, though he led The Bears to the playoffs, with an 11-5 division title, they switched him out for their lone playoff game, and promptly lost at home.
Then, to go to Denver and have put up some very impressive passing statistics, only to get benched late in the year, and have the same thing happen the following season....
I think he has done his job, everywhere he has gone, and not been given an opportunity to be any team's long-term QB.
He and Matt have this one same character builder, that both have been shoved to the back of the bus a whole lot in their times in football.
I have seen both men do some extremely impressive things, in limited opportunity.
I would like to see either/both men have the chance to lead this team in 2012. I think this team is pretty close to being a serious contender. And it should be a good opportunity for whoever gets the nod.