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Ravens Gearing Up for the Chiefs, Matt Cassel and the Unknown

One positive about the influx of new faces around the Kansas City Chiefs this offseason is that opponents don't have a full season of game tape to game plan against the offensive and defensive schemes.  We follow the team closer than most folks and have trouble pinpointing whether the Chiefs are a run-first or pass-first offense and the amount of 3-4 versus 4-3 the team will play.  

Imagine what the opponents are going through.

"We don't know what they're going to do and their coach made that pretty clear that something they're going to use to their full advantage," Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said. "It's going to be a guessing game as far as what they're going to run and who they're going to put on the field. We're going to do the best we can with that."

Heck, the Ravens probably won't know the Chiefs starting quarterback until hours before the 12:00 PM game on September 13th.  An advantage? Yes.  

"And it's tough to try to watch film on a coordinator who's somewhere else and a quarterback you don't really know who's going to play," starting cornerback Dominique Foxworth said.  "It's going to make it a little bit more difficult, but you're going to get the Ravens."

But the unknown is difficult for the Chiefs, too.  It's possible they won't know the starter at quarterback too far ahead of the opponent.  We'll have a better decision on Cassel by Friday but, ultimately, we probably won't know for sure until he takes the field.

Foxworth said, however, that whether it be Matt Cassel or Brodie Croyle or Tyler Thigpen, the defense is proven and will be able to handle the adversity. 

"We're going to do what we do week in and week out no matter who we're playing against or what's going on in their locker room," Foxworth said. "I think we're one of the more stable teams defensively. It's going to be what it's going to be for the Ravens no matter what's going on."

On his fear of the Ravens taking the Chiefs lightly, Harbaugh responded, "No, not for one second."  

"We’ve got a lot of respect for the Kansas City Chiefs. All you’ve got to do is turn on the tape and watch their players play, and you know what kind of coaches they have. We know what we’re up against. It’s going to be a huge challenge."

We do know they won't take Cassel lightly.  Despite the new faces surrounding him, and without Randy Moss and Wes Welker around him, Cassel is a focal point.

"What he did last year with the Patriots was amazing," Foxworth said. "Just to see that he has that ability garners a tremendous amount of respect. We look forward to the opportunity to match up against him."