Patriots lack explosiveness

Ron Jaworski emerges from the film room and discusses what jumped out at him while preparing for "Monday Night Football."

Originally Published: October 16, 2008
By Ron Jaworski |
Matt CasselKirby Lee/Image of Sport/US PresswirePatriots QB Matt Cassel has struggled of late, throwing interceptions in each of the last three games.
The New England Patriots aren't getting explosive plays from Matt Cassel so far this season. He's only averaging 1.6 20-plus yard passing plays per game, while Tom Brady averaged 3.7 last season. Also, 81 percent of Cassel's passes have been for 10 yards or fewer and 24 percent of those passes have gone to receivers behind the line of scrimmage. That lack of explosiveness has contributed to the stagnation in the Patriots' offense.

Ron Jaworski

NFL analyst / writer
Ron Jaworski is one of the most popular and knowledgeable analysts covering the NFL today. Since joining ESPN in 1990, the former standout NFL quarterback has covered the league from virtually every angle -- sideline reporter, game-site reporter, host and both studio and game analyst. From 2007-11, Jaworski occupied one of the most coveted positions in sports as a Monday Night Football analyst.