Kansas City Chiefs QB Matt Cassel was on NFL Network's NFL AM on Friday morning talking about the biggest comeback Cassel has ever been apart of, Jamaal Charles being the man, running 98 plays last week and Sunday's game against the San Diego Chargers.
We'll let NFL Network welcome in Matt Cassel, QB of the Kansas Chiefs.
Here's the video link to the interview. The transcript is below.
Was the Saints game the biggest comeback you've ever been apart of?
Absolutely, and a comeback that we definitely needed at this point in the season so it was a huge first win for us. It was a great team effort, I think. Defensively, special teams, offense. Everybody stepped up and it was a testament of the team. Continue to fight. overcome a lot of adversity. Right there in the third quarter as you said, it was 24-6, but everybody stuck together and it was huge.
On Jamaal Charles being the man:
I think the way he's come back. Obviously for a guy like that it's always difficult and maybe not feel like yourself right away. He continues to work hard and do all the things he needs to. He's here as late as anybody is every single day working on his physical and his mental, but to come back and be as explosive as he has been in the past it had to feel good for him. It was a huge opportunity for him to step up, and he did, and we really needed it at that time as a team.
Are you still trying to find your rhythm with Brian Daboll's offense?
I think it's all been dictated by the type of game that we've had. Last game we had 98 plays which, to me, that's unheard of. I've never had 98 plays in a game. The game before that obviously we got behind against Buffalo and we had to throw to get back into the ballgame. Sometimes the game dictates the rhythm of the offense but at the same time we're getting more of a comfort level. I think we have to be able to run the ball. That's a big part of our offense because it sets up play action and it also sets up the passing game. We're finding that balance as we go right now.
Romeo's influence on Cassel and the team:
I love Romeo. I think he's a guy that brings energy and excitement every day. You hear a lot of people say that he's a players coach but at the same time I think he holds everyone accountable. He gets after us. He coaches technique, fundamentals nad that's exactly what we need as a team. We have to keep coming together and keep playing well but everyone is excited to have coach Crennel here as our head coach.
On the Chargers game this weekend:
It's a huge game. It's a division rivalry. It's a huge division game for us. Obviously we're playing for first place right now. Everybody understands the importance of the game in this building and we're excited about the opportunity. They have a great defense -- I think they're holding opponents right now to 63 or 65 yards rushing -- so that will be a big challenge for us offensively, especially if we're going to try to run the ball and do some things on the ground. We have to get going here and we'll be up for the challenge. Again, I think everyone is excited and everyone knows what we're playing for.
How many will it take to win the AFC West?
I don't know. I'm not making any predictions right now because you never know. The AFC West is a wild, wild conference. It has a lot of talented teams. Hopefully we take care of business this weekend and then continue to think about the future later on. As many wins as it will take, hopefully we'll get there.