Cassel's football world was turned upside down at the start of the 2009 season when the Chiefs essentially tossed out the old playbook and started fresh with a completely new system.
That made for some rough patches throughout the 2009 season.
Okay, a lot of rough patches.
That's why it's encouraging to hear Chambers say this afternoon that he's been staying in touch with Cassel throughout this process. This team could use some familiarity.
"We've been talking back and forth," Chambers said of Cassel. He gave me some good advice on how to handle myself during this process because he pretty much went through (a similar) thing (being traded to Kansas City in 2009).
"We talk back and forth and I know his wife and his family a little bit. We built a good relationship. It's good to get back and see his face and I'll get the chance to hang out with him a little more, and help build this team."
I think the Cassel and Chambers relationship could (continue to) be big for the Chiefs.
Cassel and Dwayne Bowe never really got a chance to establish much of a rhythm. First came the playbook switch. Then Bowe was in Todd Haley's doghouse early not seeing much of the field in preseason. Then the suspension.
I think a good target like Chambers could help Cassel's confidence and, ideally, help his connection with Bowe in 2010 and beyond.