After Tony Gonzalez left Kansas City, he encouraged Chiefs QB Matt Cassel to get involved in the Shadow Buddies organization, which he did. Cassel on Tuesday was in Springfield, MO for a Shadow Buddies event told the Springfield News-Leader that he feels great and has high expectations for the Chiefs this year.
"I feel great, I'm ready to roll," Cassel said. "I feel like our team will come out stronger. We suffered through a lot of injuries last year to some key people but they should be coming back stronger and the coaches are very optimistic."
Cassel ended the season on IR but that wasn't a longterm injury (like an ACL) so we haven't really touched much on his recovery. He participated in all the offseason practices so he's good to go. On the other injured guys, the Chiefs should feel lucky if all three of those guys in the ACL trio come back stronger, as Cassel suggests. Maybe they'll be physically stronger but past history says the odds might be against all three players coming back even better than they were.
But Cassel continues saying what the rest of the Chiefs have been saying -- using words like "optimistic" and talking about high expectations. It seems that the Chiefs know this is a playoffs-or-bust type of year.