Matt Cassel: Are We Able To Tell Is He's Worth The Money?

Jordan LanningCorrespondent IDecember 19, 2009

KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 13: Quarterback Matt Cassel #7 of the Kansas City Chiefs is sacked by defensive tackle Spencer Johnson #91 and defensive end Chris Kelsay #90 of the Buffalo Bills at Arrowhead Stadium on December 13, 2009 Kansas City, Missouri.  The Bills defeated the Chiefs 16-10.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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Matt Cassel has been on the ground a lot this season. At times a three-step-drop still was not enough time for Cassel to read the coverage and make a pass. Now, Chiefs fans are and maybe should be starting to think that Cassel has been a waste of money.

He has thrown 13 touchdown passes but also 13 INT's so there is plenty of reasons to think the Chiefs wasted money on the fifth year quarterback out of USC.

Not so fast, if you have watched one quarter of Chiefs football you have witnessed horrible protection and a lot of dropped balls by receivers this season.

Cassel has been sacked 40 times this season which is second in the NFL behind Aaron Rogers of the Green Bay Packers.

The Chiefs also lead the NFL in drops. If you watched the Buffalo game last Sunday you saw that Mark Bradley dropped two deep passes that would have resulted in touchdowns. Both of those would have been caught by most NFL receivers and the Chiefs would have beat the Bills.

As of now I'm not so sure we have seen enough to make a fair judgement on Cassel. He has virtually no time and when he is able to get it off, the ball is dropped.

The other thing you have to take note of with a quarterback that gets sacked a lot is that when he does get time he develops something called "happy feet". Happy feet occurs when a quarterback, like Cassel, feels the pressure when he actually has time in the pocket.

He knows he is going to get hit anytime so he will tend to try to escape the pocket or he moves his feet more than usual and is unable to set his feet and make a good throw. Happy feet usually results in a negative play for the offense.

The Chiefs need to get some help on that offensive line. They need to go after Russell Okung of Oklahoma State and then get any free agent that could help out.

After that, maybe in the second round of the draft they desperately need to go after a wide receiver.

If they are able to do that I think we will finally be able to get a better look at Matt Cassel. He has talent, and he has shown it, he just needs time!