Mike Holmgren is having his regular Monday press conference at 2:15.
Here is a link to a piece I wrote today, in which I basically said it might be a good idea to set aside fair or unfair and start playing the younger players so that Tim Ruskell could get a better evaluation of what he has before he heads into the draft and free agency.
And with the New England Patriots coming to town, I’ll pose a question that can carry us until Holmgren meets with the media: It is becoming increasingly clear that the Patriots are not going to be able to afford Matt Cassel, who in Tom Brady’s absence has proven to be a very good quarterback, Sunday’s performance against the Pittsburgh Steelers notwithstanding. Before that, though, he had back-to-back 400-yard performances and has won player of the week honors. The question is this: If you could get Cassel in free agency at the expense of Matt Hasselbeck, would you do it?
There are obviously many things to consider here, but the first of them is the ages of the players. Hasselbeck is 33. Cassel is 26. Hasselbeck has a bad back. Cassel hasn’t had any problems yet. If the organization is starting over — it has not said it is, just to be clear — would it be better off starting over with a guy Jim Mora and Company can develop? Or would it be better off having Hasselbeck, who knows the offense so well, carry the team while a draftee serves as Hasselbeck’s understudy until he is ready?