A couple years ago, Matt Cassel stepped in for an injured Tom Brady and had a pretty good season in leading the Patriots to a 10-6 record.
That Patriots team had guys like Wes Welker and Randy Moss for Cassel to throw to, this Chiefs team may actually provide Cassel with more weapons than he enjoyed in New England.
The first weapon he has is his new offensive coordinator, Charlie Weis.
Weis is a quarterback guru and if Cassel is ever going to step up his game as a professional, it will be under Weis' tutelage. Weis will design plays that will create opportunities for Cassel to get the ball into the hands of the Chiefs best offensive players. Cassel should just have to make good decisions and deliver the ball.
Cassel's second weapon is a much stronger running game than he had while in New England. With the two-headed monster of Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones running the ball, Cassel will have many opportunities to exploit mismatches in the secondary.
Third, with the addition of wide reciever Dexter McCluster and tight end Tony Moeaki, Cassel will have two more solid young receivers to add to Dwayne Bowe and Chris Chambers.
With a group of young hungry playmakers at his disposal, a solid year from Cassel this season will be the single most important thing in getting this team back into the playoffs.