CLEVELAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Quarterback Matt Cassel #7 of the Kansas City Chiefs looks for a receiver against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on September 19 2010 in Cleveland Ohio. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
Kansas City Chiefs QB Matt Cassel started his interview with Steven St. John and Nate Bukaty on 810 WHB's Border Patrol this morning by joking that there's no improvement needed and the quarterback position was doing just fine.
Key word: Joking.
Cassel's completed 16-of-28 passes for 176 yards and two interceptions in the Chiefs 16-14 victory over the Cleveland Browns. Here's what he said on the Border Patrol this morning when asked about his performance.
"There's stuff you constantly work on at the quarterback position and there's no one more critical of myself than I am," he said. "I'm constantly pushing myself to get better, physically and mentally. I'm always looking for ways to better myself and my teammates. We could go into the laundry list but at the quarterback position, I don't think your work never stops, and you never stop getting better in different areas. It's a continuation of what I'm trying to do which is getting better every single day."
Maybe he got better than last week. I'm still inclined to take the 10-of-22 for 68-yards with no turnovers over his two-turnover performance against the Cleveland Browns.
"I respect people's opinions and everybody has an opinion," Cassel continued, "but at the same time, as the quarterback of the team, you have to have tough skin. You stay out of the media and people's opinions because at the end of the day, it comes down to wins and losses. The people that are important to me in terms of my teammates, the ones in that building [and] my family are the ones I really care about -- and I do care about the fans and what they think -- but at the same time it comes down to wins and losses. I'm trying to get better every week and put the best effort on the field for them."
Cassel was careful to correct himself and say that he does care about the fans. The truth is that the fans should be his best friend right now. Statistically, things aren't looking great for him but he is correct that, at the end of the day, the Chiefs are 2-0 and, ultimately, that's what fans care about.
I think what has some of us worried is that it's going to be hard to win games in the future when the quarterback doesn't play. Then again, I said that after last week and, well, the Chiefs won again.