Kansas City Chiefs: An Apology to Matt Cassel

Rodney LayContributor IIIJuly 9, 2012

KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 06:  Quarterback Matt Cassel #7 of the Kansas City Chiefs passes during the game against the Miami Dolphins on November 6, 2011 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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I did not see the softball game.

I heard about it and then watched a video clip of 40,000 so-called fans booing Matt Cassel before he played in the All-Star celebrity softball game that is a part of the 2012 MLB All-Star Game festivities here in Kansas City.

I, for one, am embarrassed to associated with, by being a Chiefs fan, people whose level of decency and lack of manners or good taste allows them to act out in a juvenile fashion that way in a public arena.

First, the boos are inappropriate and uncalled for. Maturity and decency forbids it, and the record does not support it.

Cassel's first year in Kansas City was with a team that was being put together, almost starting over from scratch, with only a fragment of the puzzle in place.

In 2010, with more of the pieces in place, he managed to take the Chiefs to a home playoff berth, something that virtually no one expected.

Last year, the team was cut down by injuries to key players, with Cassel himself being one of the casualties.

People are short-sighted and dim-witted. Anyone who is watching this team develop knows that Matt Cassel has done a superb job with a team that is being built around him. He did not come to a playoff-caliber team and do a mediocre job, the way some people are trying to portray his three years. He came to a team that was light on talent with young and very inexperienced players and put up Pro Bowl numbers in his second year on a rebuilding team.

As a longtime Chiefs fan, I am sick of hearing the whining of short-sighted, uneducated and superficial so-called fans.

With a real team around him, with dedicated and talented players like the Chiefs have in place now, and without the core of the team sitting on the sidelines injured, Matt Cassel will win, and win consistently.

Boos. Save the boos for yourself. Or maybe I should say booze! That is all that is needed for an idiot to make stupid sounds.

I write this article for only one reason, other than to scold the imitation, shameless "fans" in Kansas City.

I would like to personally apologize to Matt Cassel for coming to our city and working his butt off and doing a rather remarkable job on a team that has had little to offer an NFL quarterback except the opportunity to run for your life while hoping to find an open receiver.

What would life as QB on the Chiefs have been like without a Jamaal Charles to hand the ball to in between episodes of picking yourself up off the turf?

Yes, Matt, there are some REAL, appreciative football fans here in Kansas City, and we are glad to have you behind center.

So, after the apology, here is a thank you for doing your part, and doing it much better than you should have with what you were given to work with.

I for one am glad to have Matt Cassel playing quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2012.

And for the boozers? Shut up!