so it seems most on here are pretty evenly split. either Matt Cassel is another QB find by NE or hes the second coming of scott mitchell. as the headline says im NOT in favor of trading for cassel and there are MANY MANY reasons. most revolve around Tyler Thigpen.
1. Cassel 7th round draft pick for NE
Thigpen 7th round draft pick for Min
while NE has a better history drafting qbs (i dont really agree with this. they got LUCKY with Brady and anyone who says otherwise is retarded) that doesnt change anything. they were both unhearelded players soming out of college.
2. Cassel didnt start a game in college. Thigpen started 3 years in college.
that means Thiggy has MORE experience then Cassel. yeah cassel has riden the bench for a few years behind Brady but really how many reps did he get??? How much attention did they pay to cassel while he was there. same thing goes for while he was at USC. yeah he was behind Palmer but what good was that. he wasnt able to beat out anyone since high school and he only got to play because of an injury. Thigpen on the other hand started 3 years in college. thats three years of reading defenses in live game situations. 3 years of hopefully leading his team to wins, and leading the players on the field.
3. Cassel age 26
Thigpen age 24
so even though Thigpen has more experience on the field he is YOUNGER. more years to grow. more years to learn, and more years to produce.
4. Cassel costs KC: at worst what a 3rd?? probably a 2nd or maybe a 1st??
Thigpen cost KC: Nothing, hes already here. and he was a waiver wire pickup and unless im mistaken that cost us nothing.
5. Cassel last year had an amazing season with probably the BEST supporting cast out there.
2008: games 16, completion % 63.4, tds 21, ints 11, yards 3693, qb rating 89.4
rushing stats. 73 att 270 yard 3.7 avg 2 tds.
all pretty good but not great when you consider his oline, and wrs. he had plenty of time to make his desicions and execute the play. plus there was a quote in the boston globe that stated "55 percent of the Patriots' passing offense came after the catch this season" matt cassel is a product of the system. he is graham harrell, and chase daniels rolled into one.
Thigpen last year had an amazing season with Probably the 2nd WORST supporting cast. yeah dbowe and TG. but no oline, inconsistent running game with less then average pass blocking skill. and a defense that was horrendous and couldnt get the other team off the field.
2008: games 14, completion % 54.8, tds 18, ints 12, yards 2649, qb rating 76.0
rushing stats: 62 att, 386 yards, 6.2 avg 3 tds.
this is taking into account the atlanta game which was horrible, granted. but hey first real nfl action for the kid. and you cant deny the improvement from there. and the rushing stats??? no contest. more yards fewer attempts. push on the tds.
given the surrounding cast and lack of real playing time for either. cassel has a better comp percent, tyler Much better rushing and avoiding the rush.
Advantage: Thigpen (if only barely)
6. Salary. Cassel, probably franchised = 14Mil at LEAST and i believe its more then that
Thiggy. $370,000. yeah we will need to resign him at a later date for more then that but not anywhere near that amount
yeah kc is already under the salary cap so we do have the money to spend on him but why would you?? with all the holes you already have on defense why spend this much on a QB with as little proven in the NFL as the QB you already have??
and the last argument i have is this. Thigpen has already been here a year. he knows the players(depending on who stays). and the players already know and probably trust him.
That being said(sorry it took so long) i dont think KC should even remotely be interested in Cassel. Not for the price in picks, the price in money, the supposed IMPROVED performance from the qb position, or the additional change to the team. alot of change already.
Take the player that made crappy lemonade out of cowshit instead of the player that made lemonade out of filet mignon.
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