So now that the Preseason is over, and we are ready to begin our march to the AFC West crown, here is some "analysis" on the quarterback position and what we may hope for with this upcoming season.
Here are the comparisons of 2 QB's in their first season with the Chiefs. (sorry for the sizing my HTML skills are very mediocre).
I'll attempt to break what these numbers mean after the jump and then give you my two bits as well.
Those numbers are very similar, less than a 2% difference in completion percentage. Player A does have a 40 YPG advantage passing, but Player B had a better TD/INT ratio. And even though Quarterback Rating is a very flawed stat Player A and Player B have virtually the same Rating and they were both sacked quite a lot.
So in case you haven't guessed by now Player B is our very own fearless leader Matt Cassel, but Player A is Trent Green. Matt Cassel has received much of the blame for last season, despite him basically having to play with one arm tied behind his back for the first part of the season with Larry hauling the rock. During this time Cassel was abused in the pocket. Once he was jettisoned off and Sir Charles took over the offense really did improve.
With Larry the Chiefs offense averaged 15 PPG, and averaged 254 YPG (150 pass 100 rush). With Jamaal taking over running back duties the chiefs averaged 21 PPG and averaged 341 YPG (207 pass 134 rush).
As you all know Trent went on to have a much better second season in a Chiefs uniform. He had less yards but his Int were way down and his yards per attempt was up as well improving his QB rating dramatically.
Another thing that Trent Green had in common with Matt Cassel in their inaugural seasons as Chiefs, is that they had very poor play from the WR position. In 2001 Trent Green managed to get 110 receptions out of all of his WR's that year (128 if you count Mikhael Ricks as a WR). Heck the three headed "monster" that was Bowe/Chambers/Wade caught 119 passes last year despite having a billion drops amongst them. It stands to believe that like Green, Cassel should get help from his receiving crew in his second season.
So what does this mean for Matt Cassel's second year as a Chief? For one it will be much harder for me to give him excuses in his second season if he struggles. With Trents first season, having been in the Vermeil system before, most of his Interceptions could be blamed on the receivers not knowing their routes. You could also make that argument for Matt Cassel since he was more familiar with the offense than his inept receiving crew being as Todd Haley's system was similar to what Cassel ran in NE. The one dose of cianide I will add to this Kool-Aid is that I read an article on Football Outsiders where they linked drops more to the QB than the actual WR's, this scares the holy hell out of me, but I do believe this will be a non-issue for this coming season... So there you have it, my unbiased opinion on our fearless leader Matt Cassel.