DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 18: Matt Cassel #7 of the Kansas City Chiefs drops back to make a pass during a NFL game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on September 18, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. The Lions won 48-3 (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)
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He threw two interceptions in a win at Cleveland in week two, and then somehow, the picks all but disappeared. Cassel wasn’t flashy, and he didn’t possess one of the NFL’s more dazzling arms, but after the Browns game last season, Cassel threw just two interceptions in his next 10 starts, finishing 2010 with 27 touchdowns and seven picks.
What he did well was protect the ball. And if that was his quarterback’s specialty, coach Todd Haley said at the time, that was plenty.
Chiefs Need Cassel To Find Comfort Zone from KC Star
There are now more carries to go around, but don’t expect McCluster’s workload to expand much beyond last Sunday’s total in the immediate future.
"He’s going to have a role and I think within reason, you’re going to have to keep that (workload) in check a little bit, which I’ve talked about a lot, because he’s going to get some catches, he’s going to get some runs," head coach Todd Haley said.
Arrowhead Report: Checking McCluster's Workload from The Mothership
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I think the guys… their resolve is steady and determined. The energy is good – all good signs. I think you can feel some good stuff occurring within the building, and that’s a good sign. We’ve got our work cut out for us with this San Diego team.
Q&A with Todd Haley 9/21 from The Mothership
Q: Can you grade how you personally have played through these first two games?
CASSEL: "I don’t want to get into specifics or anything like that. I think that you do some good things [and] you do some bad things that you want to correct and work on, and that’s part of football. I think that it’s really more of a collective effort that we’re trying to concentrate on right now because it’s not one area or any specific area that this team needs to work on. We need to fix a lot of different things and we’re working to do that."
Q&A with Matt Cassel 9/22 from The Mothership
Coaching may or may not be the issue, but according to Yahoo's Mike Silver , it's the perception that coaching is the issue that may spell the end for Haley. Silver reported on Monday that the divide between Haley and Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli is wide and very well-known, and if there is a sword to fall upon for the defending AFC West champions, it most likely won't belong to Pioli. Silver also hypothesizes that Pioli could cast a net for his old New England buddy Josh McDaniels as a replacement, which could lead to an entirely new level of dysfunction.
0-2 Isn't A Curse, But For Some Teams, It's Even Worse from Yahoo! Sports
The Kansas City Chiefs recently honored Franklin Smith Elementary School in Blue Springs, Missouri for exhibiting Chiefs spirit and exemplifying the Chiefs PLAY 60 ideals of eating right and staying active.
Chiefs Recognize Franklin Smith As This Week's Red Friday Spirit School from The Mothership
On the first day of on-field preparation for the Kansas City Chiefs, wide receiver Malcom Floyd, tight end Antonio Gates, defensive end Corey Liuget, safety Bob Sanders and running back Mike Tolbert were all sidelined...
...Turner had said Monday that Floyd was the only player in danger of missing time this week.
Many Big Names Sidelined For Wednesday Practice from The San Diego Union-Tribune
The veteran’s work ethic is not lost on coach Bill Belichick, who values the experience any talented veteran brings to his team.
"Like I said the other day, every time I go by his locker or go by him in the cafeteria, he has a book open, studying his game plan, studying his notebook," Belichick said. "I’ve really been impressed with not only the way he’s performed, but just the way he’s gone about his job."
Veteran Waters Determined To Fit In, And So Far He Has from The Providence Journal