Chiefs Back Cassel, Call Him a “Really Good Quarterback”
For about the third time this off-season Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel is making headlines, and for the third time, he’s had nothing to do with it.
Prior to the 2012 NFL Draft, there was constant speculation that the Chiefs might consider drafting Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill. And of course, there was the obvious interest in veteran quarterback Peyton Manning before he signed with the division rival Denver Broncos
But it appears Kansas City isn’t just saving face in Cassel anymore. They seem to actually believe he’s the future of their franchise at the quarterback position.
Appearing on WHB recently, Chiefs’ GM Scott Pioli fully endorsed Cassel, saying, ”I think that we have a really good quarterback. … I think as he gets more opportunities, Matt is gonna continue to show people that he’s a good NFL quarterback.”
I have a problem with that. Firstly, whether Pioli actually believes it or not, Cassel isn’t a “really good quarterback”. He’s not even a good one. He’s had two productive seasons in the league, and two suspect ones. You can over-analyze either angle you want, but all I can come up with is that Cassel is inconsistent. Not “reall good”.
The fact that Kansas City was clearly interested in Manning and Tannehill also shows they were at least contemplating from Cassel, likely realizing their mistake.
However, Manning signed with Denver, and Tannehill was selected before the Chiefs could get him. And if they would have drafted another quarterback early, it would have been an insane reach.
So, now that they’re completely stuck with Cassel as “the guy”, with only Brady Quinn and Ricky Stanzi to say otherwise, naturally the front office is going to act like this was the plan all along.
Well, it was and it wasn’t.
I think the addition of Peyton Hillis along with the return of Jamaal Charles probably told us the Chiefs were going to get even more run-heavy than they’d been in the past. And with or without Cassel, that was a pretty good idea.
Had they upgraded over Cassel, they would have had a strong stable of running backs and an improved passing game. Now they just have the running game to lean on.
That’s just the reality of the situation. Don’t let anything the Chiefs’ brass say let you think differently.