Let me start by saying this: Matt Cassel could be a great addition to the Chiefs. We'll know that if he comes in here that Pioli knows he has something special about him and we can potentially knock out the biggest obstacle to turning around a team and that would be having a QB in place for a long time. First, no way do we give up the 3rd overall for him. If he does happen upon free agency we go after him because he will be slightly less than a 3rd overall QB with actual NFL experience. At most we swap 2nd rounders with the Pats and offer a later conditional, but no way do we give up something to someone with a one year track record. But, what separates him from a Bono/Grbac type may be that he has learned a pro style offense at USC behind Palmer, that he has learned from McDaniels in New England behind a future hall of famer in Tom Brady.
He is definitely hungry to have his own team no matter what politicking we see in his comments. The guy has been nothing but a back-up in his career although was never far behind Palmer or Leinart at USC. He knows what it is to win a college national championship, knows the feeling of a Super Bowl victory parade.
Doug Flutie on Cassel:
"Even back to day one," Flutie said, "the offensive line used to come back and say, 'Hey, there's something about this kid.' He always had a swagger every time he stepped under center."
This is a 26-year-old guy whose last start at quarterback came nearly nine years ago for Chatsworth (Calif.) High School -- and he completed only 3 of 11 passes and lost the Los Angeles City Invitational playoffs to Palisades, 49-42. How, exactly, do you develop a swagger when you don't play?
"I don't know," said Flutie. "I do not know, but it is there. The confidence level's amazing."
Can an acsending QB survive a move to another less qualified team? Can he bring that same attitude to a team that doesn't know how to win? All good questions, but all questions scouts have to ask before getting a young and unproven QB from the draft.
By having a QB and back-up in place we are free to trade back in the first and address LB, DE, O-Line early. A solid O-line will make Cassel and Thigpen that much better and will likely reestablish the QB's best friend, a running game.