I don't think anyone complained about Matt Cassel than I after the Chiefs gave him the long term contract. I didn't really think Acquiring him was that bad of a move, especially when combined with getting a proven veteran linebacker like Mike Vrabel. What he lacks in talent as he ages he makes up for in experience and seems to have proven invaluable providing leadership to a young defense.
But lets get back to Cassel. After a solid but unspetacular year starting for the Patriots I was not sold on him. But getting him for a year in trade made sense. Brodie Croyle couldn't stay healthy, and while Tyler Thigpen was effective it was plain the new regime wanted nothing to do with him. A coach and GM have to have their guy at QB. What blew my mind was giving him such a huge contract without seeing how he could play in an offense lacking the firepower of New England's. Last year seemed to confirm my fears as he and the whole team looked lost. Many factors played into this, but at the time I blamed him and as late as a few weeks ago my name for him was Matt "steaming pile of crap" Cassel. It seems that a new coordinator for training camp, and then yet another for the regular season hurt his perfomance.
Given his progression this year, he will for now on be known as just Matt Cassel on this blog and on all my posts. At least until he reverts to being terrible. But he has bought some credit and it will take more than one game for him to regain that status. Although I am not completely sold on him based on the performance of less than a full season (see Derek Anderson) it is really hard to argue with a 22-4 touchdown to interception ratio. In my humble opinion that is the most important stat for a QB outside of W-L. Although the two usually correllate very nicely.
Please give me any feedback and maybe some new nicknames for Mr. Cassel, such as Matt "hey I'm really not that bad" Cassel. Or Matt" I may make the pro bowl" and you are a dumbass blogger" Cassel.
Was I wrong about Matt Cassel
Posted on: December 2, 2010 12:17 pm