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Focus Turns To Matt Cassel As Chiefs Wrap Up Win Over Packers

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KANSAS CITY MO - SEPTEMBER 02:  Quarterback Matt Cassel #7 of the Kansas City Chiefs scrambles during the game against the Green Bay Packers on September 2 2010 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY MO - SEPTEMBER 02: Quarterback Matt Cassel #7 of the Kansas City Chiefs scrambles during the game against the Green Bay Packers on September 2 2010 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The Kansas City Chiefs finally got their preseason win beating the Green Bay Packers by a score of 17-13. After the game, it appears RB Jackie Battle is a lock to make the roster, the defensive line seems to be getting better and the running backs are, as we thought, pretty freakin' awesome.

And then there's Matt Cassel.

On Friday morning following Thursday night's game, his 4-of-9 for 58 yards performance has generated....no excitement.

"Let’s all acknowledge the insignificance of preseason games, but at the very least Cassel missed a chance to get the fan base excited and the locker room confident," writes Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star. "While Aaron Rodgers didn’t even suit up for Green Bay, the Chiefs gave Cassel three series and saw mostly dinks and dunks and slow reads."

Indeed it was the receivers doing the work. Dwayne Bowe had 30 of those 58 yards and Cassel's throw went about ten feet on a slant across the middle and 19 more from Jamaal Charles in the flat.

Kent Babb of the Kansas City Star writes, "The Chiefs learned what they have, but one question the team didn’t answer was whether it has a quarterback it can believe in — especially as other parts of the offense seem to be improving."

The Chiefs and even Cassel himself have hinted that the full playbook hasn't been available. That would imply that there's more to come. But even with the partial playbook, we haven't seen Cassel open the field up.

That was his biggest problem in 2009. Why wouldn't they work on that in preseason?