Matt Cassel: Veteran QB Proves He's No Longer an Option for Chiefs

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer INovember 13, 2012

PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 12:  Matt Cassel #7 of the Kansas City Chiefs signals his teammates during a third quarter play while playing the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on November 12, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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There was a point when Matt Cassel still had a shot of turning things around in Kansas City.

But that was a long time ago and that time has passed.

Cassel continued his horrific season on Monday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers when he tossed his 12th interception of the year. Only one other quarterback, Dallas' Tony Romo, has more picks than Cassel this season.

But interceptions are just part of the problem with Cassel these days. In addition, he had also lost five fumbles while averaging 6.59 yards per pass attempt (26th among qualifying quarterbacks) headed into Monday night's 16-13 overtime loss.

Running back Jamaal Charles rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown against a strong Steelers run defense and still saw the Chiefs lose, highlighted by Cassel's crippling interception in overtime that set up Shaun Suisham's game-winning field goal.

Let's put it this way: Romeo Crennel starting Brady Quinn over Cassel in Week 6 and Week 8 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders respectively was not an overreaction. 

That tells you just how bad it has gotten under center for Kansas City these days.

Heck, I wouldn't be surprised if rookie Ricky Stanzi got a start.

In Cassel's last season to show the Chiefs that he's still their man, he has choked, showing that perhaps he isn't that good, after all. If the Chiefs don't go after another quarterback in the offseason, either via the draft, a trade or free agency, they are completely delusional.

The bad news for the Chiefs? Cassel's contract doesn't run out until after the 2014 season and he's owed $16.5 million over the next two years.

At this point, Kansas City is hoping Cassel simply doesn't single-handedly lose games for them week after week.


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