Matt Cassel Rumors: Cardinals Have Nothing to Lose by Pursuing QB
The Arizona Cardinals are expected to check out Matt Cassel.
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com:
Look for Matt Cassel to be one of the quarterbacks on the Cardinals' radar. Cassel also will receive interest from other teams.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 27, 2013
This is not surprising because the Cardinals suffered through lackluster quarterback play throughout 2012. Even worse, the 2013 NFL draft class doesn't present a quarterback worthy of their No. 7 overall selection.
Factor in free agency not presenting top-heavy talent at the position, and Cassel isn't the worst of ideas.
The Cardinals were sacked a league-high 58 times last season and their quarterbacks combined for just 11 touchdowns to 21 picks. Arizona's signal-callers of 2012 also completed a collective 55.4 percent of their attempts.
Cassel on the other hand, has actually some decent seasons under his belt.
When filling in for Tom Brady in 2008, Cassel led Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots to an 11-5 record. That season, he tossed 21 scores to only 11 picks and finished with a 63.4 completion percentage.
Two year later in 2010, he helped the Kansas City Chiefs win the AFC West at 10-6. Cassel connected on 27 touchdown passes to a mere seven interceptions and sported a 58.2 completion percentage that season.
No, he's not an elite quarterback that will shred defenses on a weekly basis and rack up 300 passing yards. But the guy is capable of conducting an offense when given reliable receiving targets.
Who do you want the Cardinals to start at QB in 2013?
Arizona offers Larry Fitzgerald, Andre Roberts and Michael Floyd, so surveying defenses won't be as concerning. And despite the NFC West being a stronger defensive division compared to the AFC West, it's also vulnerable to playmaking receivers.
Cassel arm strength and mobility alone would help Arizona establish a better passing game, not to mention the prospective offensive line talent in the 2013 draft.
This team has the defensive personnel to slow explosive teams down and change the field position. It's a matter of the offense capitalizing on scoring opportunities more consistently.
Also, Kareem Copeland of NFL.com writes:
Cassel isn't the long-term franchise quarterback, but he should be capable of leading a playoff run on a team with a strong defense and Larry Fitzgerald catching balls in this what-if scenario. Kolb and Cassel are two of the most recent precautionary tales in terms of signing free-agent quarterbacks with minimal experience, but at least Cassel kept the starting job in Kansas City and led the Chiefs to the playoffs.
With a sound core of receivers Cassel would deliver better for Arizona than any other quarterback did last season.
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