The similarities between Matt Cassel and Trent Green coming to Kansas City are very similar. Both were brought in with new Head Coaches. Both cost the Chiefs second round draft picks. Both had management people that were very familiar with their play. And now it looks like both will have had below average first years as starting quarterbacks with the Chiefs. Both had only 1 full season of starting before coming here.
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The thing about being a Quarterback in the NFL is there are a lot of variables to be successful.
Here are just a few of the more important things needed......
Talent - No matter what the other variables are you will not do well if you can't get the ball where it needs to go
Comprehension - In today's NFL a QB must be able to fully understand his team's offensive scheme and playbook
Quick thinking - The ability to read and react to changing Defensive schemes is ever evolving in the NFL
Tough- If you can't stay healthy it doesn't really matter what else you can do.
Timing- A QB needs to develop and master timing with his receivers to be consistent
Confidence- A QB needs to know that his Receiver is going to be where he needs them to be, and that is OL is going to give him time
Offensive Line - without a good one you will be very limited, but good QB can overcome some shortcomings in this area (see Aaron Rodgers)
Wide Receivers - the QB must know that the guy he is throwing the ball to is not only going to be in the correct spot, but will also catch it.
So to get a good comparison I went and looked up how well Trent Green did in year one with the Chiefs and here is how he did
He completed 56.6% of his passes for 3,700 yards. He had 17 TD and 24 INT and a Passer rating of 71%
Keep in mind this was behind an already very good OL, but it had more to do with him learning the system and getting familiar with everything around him
Matt Cassel has very similar numbers, he is completing 53% of his passes and is on pace for 2900 yards 16 TD, 12 INT and a passer rating of 73%
Now while Matt Cassel will have 1000 less yards in 1 less game, it should also be mentioned he has not thrown as much as Green, and will have about the same touchdowns with ½ of the INT that Trent had in his first year.
I bring all this up, to make this point, We need to be a little more patient with Cassel, I believe he is a good maybe even a great QB in the making, and just needs time to square away everything around him and develop his game, the Same way Trent Green did.
So here's to the hope that our next great QB is being born right before our eyes