SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 25: Safety Eric Weddle #32 of the San Diego Chargers celebrates his interception of quarterback Matt Cassel #7 of the Kansas City Chiefs in the final minute during their NFL Game on September 25, 2011 at Qualcomm Stadium in San DIego, California. The Chargers went on to win the game 20-17. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
Kansas City Chiefs QB Matt Cassel said he was "devastated" following the loss to the San Diego Chargers that saw him throw an interception with less than a minute remaining. Cassel made his weekly call-in to 810 WHB following the game and touched on the game-ending interception.
"We were calling a screen pass and I thought I could fit it in there," Cassel said. "It's one that I wish I had back, obviously. It just didn't work out the way that I wanted it to. Obviously, I'm devastated more than anybody else just because of the emotion of going from the high of hitting a 23-yard gain right off the bat to get rolling, which is exactly what you want in a two-minute drill. And then to have it end so abruptly on something as simple as a screen pass."
More on the play: "With the weakside blitz, I was trying to get back, you know. You hold your head down field, and then you try to anticipate him coming off the break and unfortunately, like I said, I put the ball in a bad position. The guy got his hands on it and that's kinda what happened."
Here's the audio of Cassel's appearance and a few more tidbits from his conversation with Steven St. John:
- Cassel says they need to continue to get WR Steve Breaston more involved in the offense because he has big play ability and some explosiveness.
- Cassel says he doesn't make the game plan but it doesn't appear to him that much changed without Jamaal Charles.
- Cassel says there are a lot of positives coming out of the game -- the defense as a whole, the offense in the second half and special teams.
- Cassel says he doesn't listen to the people talking outside of the organization. "I don't read it. I don't listen to it anyway. People can say what they want and I can respect people's opinions."
- Cassel says it only takes one game to change the momentum of the team.
- On Jonathan Baldwin's injury: "I really don't know Jon's situation be completely honest. I don't know when he's going to be coming back or what his timeline is so for me to comment on someone who's not out there right now is just speculation and I don't want to get into that."