Chiefs Vs. Bucs Preseason: Matt Cassel Looks Sharper

TAMPA FL - AUGUST 21: Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy #93 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers tackles quarterback Matt Cassel #7 of the Kansas City Chiefs during a preseason game at Raymond James Stadium on August 21 2010 in Tampa Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

Over the last couple weeks I've been wondering why the Kansas City Chiefs coaches like Todd Haley talk about Matt Cassel's improvement so much. On the field, there hasn't been a whole lot of tangible improvement. It's been nothing we can see. He completed 6-of-8 short passes last week in a small sample size.

On Saturday night against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers he looked much sharper.

The offense as a whole looked energized and on the same page in a lot of areas. It wasn't perfect by any means but it's the first sign this offseason that the Chiefs offense can move the ball.

The disappointing part of this: They only scored one offensive touchdown again.

Cassel completed 14-of-19 passes for 125 yards and one touchdown. Late in the first half, he also took the Chiefs from their own 13 down to the Bucs red zone before opting for a field goal as time ran out.

This wasn't Pro Bowl Matt Cassel by any means but it was a game that I think a lot of folks would be content with assuming they can get it in the end zone more than once a game.

I'll be very curious to see how Cassel follows up this performance. If he puts together another good outing, I'll be pretty happy because the Chiefs offense hasn't shown any kind of consistency over the last year. He needs to show that this was a genuine step in the right direction and not just one game.

What do you think? It's one half and I'm making too big of a deal? Or is it a bad thing I'm getting excited about 14-of-19 for 125 yards and one touchdown?

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