I have been watching Matt Cassel since his first start as a Chief in 2009. In that time Cassel has compiled 6,468 passing yards, 46 Touch Downs, and even managed to rush for 315 yards. In that same amount of time he's racked up 28 interceptions, 5 lost fumbles, and 73 sacks. Cassel has shown certain moments of being great; for example, last year he had that first down scramble after his appendectomy, coming up from the eventual tackle with a fist pump. He also had that bomb to Bowe off the flee flicker last year. And even just last week, the touch down pass to Tip-Toe Bowe and that pass to Breaston on the 1/2 yard line. Then again, Cassel has shown moments of utter failure: I think the final Chiefs' drive of last Sunday is a good enough example.A lot of people have given Cassel the title of Game Manager. I too am a manager professionally, albeit not in the NFL, but I am pretty good at it, if I may say so. One of the first rules of being a successful manager is consistency. People want to be able to count on the reaction they'll get from their manager: "If I do this, I can expect that." People don't like having to guess what ramifications will come from their actions. A manager has to be reliable.
And there are other managerial traits I'm not seeing in Cassel. A manager has to be able to think on their feet. Problems pop up and they have to react to them quickly and calmly. They have to be able to analyze a situation, find a solution, and execute a plan of action. Managers don't set up their team to fail. Managers utilize the strengths of their players. Managers put the ball in the hands of the players most likely to help them succeed and then the manager achieves success by addition.
I'm reminded of Jimi Hendrix tune you may be familar with. One of the verses went something like this...
A little Indian brave who before he was ten,
Played games in the woods with his Indian friends,
And he built up a dream that when he grew up,
He would be a fearless warrior Indian Chief...
...but something went wrong...
Castles made of sand melt into the sea
The foolish man builds his house on sand. The Chiefs have the talent to be contenders, but that talent seems like it's going to waste. It's time for Matt Cassel to either step up, or step down. Cassel doesn't need to put up Elite numbers, but he does need to show consistency. He needs to prove he can lead. He needs to prove he is worthy of the title of manager. Otherwise, the team will continue to look like fools, building their house out of sand.