…assuming the Kansas City Chiefs can’t find a replacement at quarterback via the draft, free agency or through a trade.
Matt Cassel’s four seasons in Kansas City haven’t quite gone as planned, and the organization is under as much pressure now as any time to finally find its own franchise quarterback.
If Cassel must stay put and actually returns as the starter, Andy Reid’s presence could allow for a much smoother season under center for the quarterback.
The West Coast offense takes pressure off the quarterback by utilizing shorter throws and forcing the pass-catcher to do most of the work. While the scheme may eventually open up downfield opportunities, those will come as the opposing defense starts to creep up—creating more one-on-one matchups in the secondary.
Cassel will never be accused of having a strong arm and certainly isn’t the most accurate of quarterbacks either, but the West Coast offense would help balance out those two deficiencies.
The reduced pressure that comes with the new offensive system will allow Cassel to make better decisions. If he is the starter in Kansas City, most would be happy with a repeat of his 2010 numbers—which, in just 15 games, saw him throw for 3,116 yards and 27 touchdowns to only seven interceptions.