To get this article started I would like to make it abundantly clear that at the end of last season I was for continuing the rebuild of the o-line and defense and drafting a QB in 2010. Over the past thirty years I have watched many a promising QB fail behind a weak o-line on a team with a bad defense. After both QB'S have played 10 games in similar conditions here are their stats.
CASSEL: 13 TD'S,7 PICS,35 SACKS (averages 6 yard loss per sack),1898 YDS PASSING,147 RUSHING,55.6 PERCENT COMPLETIONS,78 QB RATING
THIGPEN: 22TD'S(includes 3 rushing,1 recieving),12 PICS,26 SACKS(only 140 yards lost) 2,680 YDS PASSING,396 RUSHING 54.8 PERCENT COMPLETIONS,85 QB RATING.
(Could not get a stat on batted balls but those of us that watched both QB'S in all 10 games know that Cassel's is much higher.)
The bottom line is that Thigpen is 4 years younger and out produced Cassel behind a worse o-line (yes,O'Callaghan and Ndukwe are better than SACKintosh and Jones). Cassel has a much better wide recieving core and now that Charles is the featured back a better run game. The only thing Thigpen had that Cassel doesn't was Tony G. and guts. One of these QB's was $750,000 a year the other cost a 2nd round pick and 63 million dollars wich makes him one of the highest payed players in the NFL,can you guess wich one?
Its blatently obvious to anyone whose not gulping down the Kool-aid the reasons Cassel didn't start at any level no arm,no pocket presence and he just doesn't posess the ability to make the proper quick desicions under fire. Cassel is 28 years old by the time the Chiefs are ready to compete he'll be in his thirties if hes still playing,Tyler was 24 the perfect age for a rebuilding team.
Also look at the draft this year Colt Mcoy the ncaa (ALL-TIME) completion percentage leader and leading rusher for 2 seasons on one of the best teams in the country,Sam Bradford ,and Max Hall just to name a few .Yes its like a friend of mine said Cassel will be alright if we get an o-line. I replied yeah and thats all he will ever be just alright but ok or alright NEVER WINS TITLES!