Matt Cassel has had his chance. This is his third season at the helm of the Chiefs, and his fourth season as an NFL starter. During this time, he has failed to impress. Season one, we'll give him a pass. No NFL quarterback could have done much with the 08-09 Chiefs. Last year was a pleasant surprise overall, but the best that can be said about Cassel during that stretch is that he did not screw it up for us. The team's 09-10 success had little to do with Cassel, and more to do with an improved defense a dude named Jamaal Charles.
Have we seen Matt Cassel take his last snap as a Kansas City Chief? I begrudgingly hope so.
This season has brought disappointment. While the defense has underperformed at times, this would be less problematic if the offense would run more than three plays per drive before punting. Cassel is the leader of what is currently an impotent offense.
Matt Cassel will never lead a team to the Super Bowl, and Chiefs fans should not be prepared to settle for anything less. He had his chance - 2.5 seasons - and has failed. I can only hope now that the decision makers on Arrowhead Drive see this, and put no more effort into Cassel's "development".
So what now? The Tyler Palko era? We can't expect much, but you never know. Ricki Stanzi? A few years away, but it could develop.
There are rumors that Peyton Manning is on the trading block. I'd pay a lot of money for the couple of good years he has left in him (Montana, coming into a similar situation, led us to a Championship in 93-94 - I'd take that again!).
Maybe I'm being harsh, but as soon as the Chiefs administration moves on from the Matt Cassel era, the sooner the Chiefs will be competitive. It's time to cut our losses.