As it turns out, the Patriots were ahead of their time, as usual. They made plans to bring quarterbacks Chris Simms and Tim Rattay to Foxborough, Mass., last Saturday –- a full day before Tom Brady suffered a season-ending knee injury.
It wasn’t as if Brady suffered the crushing injury, then the Patriots started scrambling. They already were preparing. They already had workout plans in place to begin compiling their player board for possible replacements in the event that they suffered a significant injury -– which they did Sunday.
Brady’s injury had nothing to do with the visits by Simms and Rattay. They were coming anyway, whether or not Brady was injured.
So that clears up some of the confusion as to why Simms and Rattay visited Foxborough on Monday before being sent away without any type of workout. But it doesn’t explain whether the Patriots plan to sign or trade for another quarterback to help replace Brady.
More and more, it seems as if the Patriots have decided that bringing in another quarterback could place more pressure on Matt Cassel or Kevin O’Connell. For now, or however long it lasts, it’s possible that New England will not sign another quarterback as a confidence boost to the two they now have on their roster.