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How Much Will Charlie Weis Help Chiefs QB Matt Cassel?

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A good portion of the buzz surrounding the Kansas City Chiefs hire of Charlie Weis is about Matt Cassel. Namely, that Cassel ran Weis' offensive system in New England and should benefit from an offensive coordinator who has consistently produced solid seasons from quarterbacks.

Here's what an average season for a quarterback looks like under Charlie Weis' guidance. This data is averaged from his time in New York (1997-1999) and New England (2000-2004):

  • 59% completion rate
  • 473 pass attempts
  • 2,913 passing yards
  • 21 TDs, 11 INTs,
  • 84.0 QB rating
  • 34 sacks

Judging by Matt Cassel's number's last season, we should hopefully see a more efficient Cassel under Weis, according to these averages. Here are Cassel's numbers for last season:

  • 55% completion rate
  • 493 pass attempts
  • 2,924 passing yards
  • 16 TDs, 16 INTs
  • 69.9 QB rating
  • 42 sacks

The good news about Cassel's '09 numbers? He can really only improve. Those numbers would have collectively represented the worst season by a QB under Weis' guidance, perhaps with the exception of the '99 season in New York.

After the jump, I've compiled season by season numbers on the QBs who have played under Charlie Weis. Check 'em out and let us know what you think we can expect from Cassel this season.

New York Jets (1997-1999)

QB Neil O'Donnell (1997)

  • 15 games started
  • 56% completion rate
  • 460 passing attempts
  • 2,796 yards passing
  • 17 TDs, 7 INTs
  • 45 sacks
  • 80.3 QB rating

QB Vinny Testaverde (1998)

  • 13 games started
  • 61.5% completion rate
  • 421 passing attempts
  • 3,256 yards passing
  • 29 TDs, 7 INTs
  • 19 sacks
  • 101.6 QB rating

QB Ray Lucas/Rick Mirer (1999)

Averages between the two:

  • 56.5% completion rate
  • 448 passing attempts
  • 1,740 yards passing
  • 19 TDs, 15 INTs
  • 73.0 QB rating

New England Patriots (2000-2004)

QB Drew Bledsoe (2000)

  • 16 games started
  • 58.8% completion rate
  • 531 passing attempts
  • 3,291 yards passing
  • 17 TDs, 13 INTs
  • 77.3 QB rating

QB Tom Brady (2001-2004)

Averages over four seasons:

  • 62% completion rate
  • 503 passing attempts
  • 3,480 passing yards
  • 24 TDs, 13 INTs
  • 87.7 QB rating