Joey Porter Is Not Impressed With Matt Cassel

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It's good to see Joey Porter hasn't lost his ability to smack-talk opponents. Actually, at this point, I think it's the only ability he hasn't lost. Probably because that's the one aspect of his game that doesn't have to worry about being blocked one-on-one by running backs and tight ends.

Either way, this week Porter has chosen Patriots quarterbackMatt Cassel as his target (or as he calls it, his "huckleberry"), and I suppose that's a step up from the kickers and punters he was going after the first two weeks of the season.

Of course, I think it would be far more entertaining for all of us if he chose a guy that might actually respond. Someone like Rodney Harrison or Randy Moss, but, whatever. On to the smack.

``it'll be good to go out and get our first victory. I just know [Cassel] is not a Tom Brady,'' said Porter, when asked how difficult it will be to prepare for a quarterback he has never seen.

``If it's not Tom Brady, it shouldn't be that hard. . . . They won last week, but it's not like they were putting up the crazy 40 points they were when they had Tom.

``So, it's a different offense, it's a different team without Tom there. I don't care what anybody says. It's not the same team without Brady.''

On one hand, Porter is absolutely correct. Matt Cassel is not Tom Brady, and since he's not Tom Brady it's true the Patriots aren't going to put up "the crazy 40 points they were when they had Tom." *
However, when your team is 0-2 on the season, and 2-21 over its previous 23 games, are you really in a position to go into a game and proclaim to the world that it shouldn't be that hard to prepare for? Or pretty much guarantee a win? Especially since the team the Patriots beat in week two (with Matt Cassel) is the same team that beat Porter's Dolphins in week one? Of course you're not. But that's what makes him Joey Porter. And that's why we love him.

*They haven't played the Dolphins yet, so they still could put up 40 points.

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