May 24, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel (7) takes a break during organized team activities at the Kansas City Chiefs practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-US PRESSWIRE
Among Charlie Weis' first words in Kansas City were up at training camp before the 2010 season when someone asked him what his role was in Kansas City: "The first thing I wanted to do was help fix the quarterback."
You don't forget quotes like that. We talked about it all season long.
A few highlights below...
"He is extremely competitive," Daboll said. "He works very, very hard, and he's been a winner. He's been a winner."
This trend continues with the Chiefs and the way they praise Cassel. Anyone ever notice the Chiefs usually praise Cassel's intangibles, or something generic like he's a winner? And not, say, his tangibles? It's the same with ugly girls. The description "great personality" before any date should concern you because, if the girl was good looking, that's what you'd say.
We don't see descriptions like this very often: "He throws a terrific 15-yard hitch route!" "I love the way he sells the pump fake." "Matt's killer on the shallow crossing route!" We rarely hear things like that and, frankly, that's concerning. The Chiefs go out of their way to defend Cassel more than any other player (by a longshot) and yet even in their defense they don't tell us what Cassel actually does really well.
Maybe I'm just being picky (and maybe a few commenters will point that out).
"He's had two 10-plus win seasons. I did a study just this offseason about 10-plus win quarterbacks, which is what you're defined by, obviously. There's been nine of them in the last four years that have had two or more 10-plus win seasons in the regular season, and Matt is one of them. The other ones being (Tom) Brady, (Drew) Brees, (Aaron) Rodgers, Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, Eli (Manning), (Joe) Flacco, (Matt) Ryan, so he's been a winner. He works his tail off in the classroom. I think he's done a good job in these OTAs, and I'm looking forward to working with him."
Line those quarterbacks up and we'll play "One of these things is not like the others."
The Chiefs spin it one way but it can just as easily be spun the other way -- Cassel's 28-26 as a starter. That, to me, tells the story more realistically.
The Chiefs cherry-picked which years they like to talk about with Cassel so I'll do the same.
Which quarterback in that group has, in his last 11 games, completed 56 percent of his passes, averaging less than six yards per attempt and thrown 10 touchdowns to 16 turnovers? Yeah, that's the Chiefs QB. And lately -- this is a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately league -- that's a more accurate reflection of who Cassel is as a quarterback.
Cassel already won 10 games as the Chiefs quarterback. We know he can do it and, if you've been reading this site for a while, you know I badly want him to do it. I just want to look at this thing realistically though.