I know that haters gonna hate and all that...but I want you to at least read what I have to say before passing judgment. I know a lot of people in the Chiefs fan base has a hard time with Matt Cassel as the franchise QB. So do I. He doesn't have the physical skill sets to pull it off and lead us to a good playoff run, or a championship. But, one thing he does have is the passion, drive, and mentality to be a leader, even under dire circumstances. This is the reason I want to see Cassel stay in KC.
Now, I know a lot of readers stopped reading at that or even before. But, let me quell this right now...I am NOT saying Matt should stay as our franchise QB. Quite the opposite, in fact. We should draft our new QBOTF and let him lead the franchise. (that's my thinking, anyway...) But, as much as everyone wants to see Cassel carry on his career in another city, I would not be apposed to Reid keeping Cassel as the vet backup. The whole reason to have a vet backup is to help groom the new guy and Cassel can do that. Not in the physical mechanics department, that's for sure...but in the mental mindset. Teach him the passion, speed, integrity to be a leader of the offense. That is something Cassel excels at. He is second to none in that department, in my opinion. That is an important part of grooming a new leading franchise QB. Let the new coaching staff groom the newbie in his physical game, and Cassel with help him mentally. No one can say that Cassel is weak in that area.
Cassel can also help the new guy get set up as a leader off the field by hooking him up with local charities that he sponsors. Teach him that what is expected off the field is just as important as what is expected on. I am not saying that the new guys coming out this year don't have passion, but they should have a vet that can help them along because when they leave college and go pro, more is expected of them. Not just in their game, but in their mentality, leadership, and community outreach. We have a great opportunity to get our new franchise QB to have a solid vet behind him to help him be the leader we expect him to be and that is why it is a curious case for me. Do I believe that Cassel should be able to have a clean slate somewhere? Sure! He's a great guy and he tried his hardest with us and I can't blame him for that. Things ended badly, but we also can't deny what he brings as a veteran backup. He's one of the best vet backups in the league. Our new franchise QB deserves something like Cassel behind him, and I believe Cassel will gladly do that and restructure his contract to benefit the team. He's a team player and cares about the team and the community and is smart enough to learn that, while his door has been shut as a starter, he can still be a leader and leave a positive footprint in this organization before moving on.
That is my thought on that. What say all of you? Would you be apposed to Cassel staying as long as he is designated to the backup role? Would you mind him grooming our next franchise QB to be the leader he needs to be for our beloved Chiefs, or should we just cut our losses and spend more money looking for another vet?