Sept. 16, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills free safety Jairus Byrd (31) tackles Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel (7) during the first half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-US PRESSWIRE
So how do we evaluate Matt Cassel in the last game and overall this season?
KC Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel spoke to the media on Monday and talked about Cassel's play, starting with the one thing you can't have as a quarterback -- turnovers.
"We don't like turnovers at all," Crennel said, via comments sent out by the Chiefs. "We had two of them during the course of the game. I think Matt could have held onto the ball. He should have put two hands on the ball because he felt the pressure. He had it in his right hand and then shifted it to his left hand to try to get away from thepressure, but he didn't tuck it into his body. Then the guy came around and hit it and the ball came out. He should have had both hands on the ball to secure the football and not created a turnover at that point."
Cassel had three turnovers in Week 1 which puts his total at five turnovers through two games. All the good he's done is washed away once you look at that turnover number.
"Other than that turnover," Crennel continued, "Matt delivered the ball to the receivers and made some plays. We were able to get us into some of the correct plays that we wanted to be in at the line of scrimmage. If you take that turnover away, then he didn't have a bad game."
It's hard to evaluate a quarterback when the team is blown out because his numbers are usually going to be inflated. Cassel going over 300 yards is certainly the exception, not the rule. He still isn't consistently completing over 60 percent of his passes and he still turns it over too much.
I don't think the Chiefs want to see too many games where Matt Cassel has 42 attempts and Jamaal Charles rushes the ball six times. That's not a winning recipe.