For all of those (myself included) who are hoping and praying for a change at QB.... dont get your hopes up. Cassel is likely to start a multiple game streak of winning and putting up good stats.
Last year, it took a McDaniels' cheating to finally force us to rely on Cassel. He responded with the game of his life and took that momentum for the rest of the year until the last 3 games. This year, that turning point looks to have been during the second half of last weeks game.
Am I saying that Cassel is about to have another 'pro-bowl' season? Basically........ (and sadly) Yes... atleast, I think so. It was evident when the Chiefs began demanding more of Cassel last year because they began giving him more opportunities to challenge the deep part of the field and it looks like they started that strategy in the second half of last weeks game.
My problem is that (like many of you) I dont have any faith in Cassel being the guy to take full advantage of the weapons we have or to win consistantly. Time will tell, but the jury is truly out.
While in NE, Cassel relied heavily in an open system with the WR as the featured weapons. Cassel put up good numbers and a good amount of passing yards. This shows that he can thrive in that type of system. I'm not saying that we have Moss and Co, but with Bowe, Breaston (who looks like he's finaly come around) and Baldwin, we will have the personnel in place to give him a good chance to succeed.
The other facet to my theory is the offensive line. We havent been able to do much with any real consistancy, but pass blocking is one thing that we've been able to do well - game in and game out.
Going off the second half of last week's game and the trend set last year, it looks like the coaching staff (and by that, I mean Haley) have come to grips that we're going to have to pass to setup the run. This is going to force the ball into Cassel's hands and should allow us to put ohr best weapons on the field at the same time.
Lastly, the schedule: 4 of the next 6 teams we face rank in the lower half in pass defense with San Diego (who played NE, KC and MIN) ranked 9th and Denver (who played Oak, Cin and Ten) ranked 13th, and we play both of them at home. None of the other 4 opponents rank higher than 28th.
Of the teams we face, only Min and Oak rank higher than 23rd in sacks so far. Oak has 10 and is ranked 2nd and Min has 9 and is ranked 7th. To date, our line has only given up 5 sacks total and I think its fairto say Cassel hasnt really been pressured much this year(Bewsaf would be the authority here).
As for sacks taken; Oak, Ind and SD have allowed less than 6 sacks, however Ind has allowed a STAGGERING 20 QB hits!! The rest of the field has allowed st least 8 sacks. FYI, KC has allowed 5.
Those are just some numbers I dug up and may ultimately not mean a thing, but history seems to indicate that we should be ready for a shift in offensive philosophy. The real question is: Can our front office, coaches and fans look beyond the numbers and wins we're likely to see and ask themselves the million dollar question. With the game on the line, can Cassel win it for us?
I guess time will tell