Minnesota Vikings QB jokes that Brady really improved once he joined the roster.
Matt Cassel has joked with reporters this week, after saying that it was once he joined as a backup on the Patriots roster in 2005.
As Brady’s backup, Cassel saw little in the way of playing time during the first three years, but believes it was the strong connection between the two that helped improve both.
NFL.com has the interview with the now backup in Minnesota, and explains why Brady became his best during Cassel’s tenure with the team.
“I taught Tom (Brady) everything. I thought he really started to flourish after I got there,” Cassel joked.
“A lot of people don’t understand how much time we spend together. It’s important to be together and be good teammates. And when you have a good (quarterback) room, it makes everybody better in the room. That’s what it’s all about.”
It was in 2007 when Brady was at his best, throwing for 50 regular season touchdowns, and leading the undefeated Patriots to the Super Bowl, before they were stunned by the upstart New York Giants.
Cassel then played the entire 2008 season with the team, after Brady went down with an ACL tear during the first game of the season.
Since then, he had an up and down career with the Chiefs before signing with the Vikings this off-season.
Despite claiming that he taught Brady everything he knew, it is a shame that some of that knowledge didn’t rub off on his own game.