The Kansas City Chiefs suffered through a miserable season in 2011. Injuries to key players and an ill-prepared head coach were the main culprits for the digression coming off an AFC West title in 2010.
But in the NFL the quarterback shoulders most of the culpability, even if he has produced the best he can with the cards he is dealt.
Cassel's time in Kansas City can be graded as incomplete. But he has an opportunity this season to change the minds of his detractors.
Here are three reasons why Matt Cassel is poised for a bounce-back season in 2012.