Sep 16, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) reacts in the first quarter at Bank of America Stadium . Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-US PRESSWIRE
"I look at the players and the personnel and they are running the same plays. Drew (Brees) is still the quarterback and he gets rid of the ball. You know the guys that he likes and he likes the playmakers in (Darren) Sproles and (Jimmy) Graham. You know the ball is going to those guys. I am not saying they look different, but anytime you lose your leader, that has an impact."
Cassel was asked about facing a Saints defense that has seen two quarterbacks this season very, very different from him -- Robert Griffin III and Cam Newton. Both are mobile quarterbacks and present different challenges than Cassel and he calls his 5.5 40-yard dash.
"Watching the first two games of the season, it's hard to get a feel for exactly how they'd play a more conventional offense, which I'd say that we definitely are. Especially considering that you had two very dynamic players in the backfield and you run the read option and you run a bunch of different stuff that, for the most part, is fairly new in the NFL."
Maybe that's the silver lining we can all look at -- the Saints haven't faced an offense like the Chiefs yet. Of course, the Chiefs are a normal offense and the Redskins and Panthers are the outlier but maybe KC can catch them off guard.