Despite the 2-0 start by the Kansas City Chiefs could starting quarterback Matt Cassel be on his way out? It’s not that far fetched of an idea if you listen to Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network and then look at Cassel’s performances.
Matt Cassel is running out of excuses for his poor play. They can run the ball, and they’re playing better on defense. Sure, there isn’t an abundance of playmakers, but they didn’t give Cassel his big contract to win despite him. I continue to think the Chiefs will strongly consider getting out of this contract in the offseason.
Winning despite Cassel? They’re 2-0 how can they be winning despite their quarterback? That’s what you’re asking right? But I have to agree with LaCanfora the Chiefs are doing exactly like that. Just take a look at the numbers.
Week 1 vs San Diego (21-14) – 10/22 passing with 68 yards and a touchdown. (Yes, their starting quarterback only threw for 68 yards.)
Week 2 vs Cleveland (16-14) – 16/28 passing with 176 yards and two interceptions.
Looking at those numbers you’d have to say the Chiefs won despite their quarterback. The Chiefs have relied on their running game and their defense to get these outcomes.
The Chiefs have a very good running game, they are ranked fifth in the NFL right now averaging 137.5 yards per game on the ground. After two games they already have two backs over the century mark, Jamaal Charles (141) and Thomas Jones (122). Between those two horses its no surprise the Chiefs are playing better.
The defense is young but definitely improving, in points allowed they rank eighth in the NFL giving up 14 a game but I do expect that number to rise. The reason they rank near the bottom in yards allowed, 344 per game. They’re basically playing a bend but don’t break defense and for now its suiting them well.
What they need is a quarterback who can manage the game, while the running game and defense does their job. Is that Matt Cassel? I’m not quite sure after his early season performance. His performance so far has been worse then his inaugural role as Chiefs QB and that was pretty dreadful too.
So would the Chiefs make a change now? Not a chance, they have no one who can step in and why rock the boat on what’s a winning team. Any change would have to come in the off season and with what Cassel could be making at that point it’s very likely if he doesn’t improve FAST.
Matt is scheduled to earn $4.75 million in 2011, not that bad of a salary for a starting quarterback. The problem is the roster bonus he’s due to receive. If Cassel is on the roster next year, he’ll get a bonus of $7.5 million add the two numbers together he’d make $12.25 million. It would make him one of the highest paid players in the game next year.
I highly doubt the Chiefs would let a QB who can’t manage the game be one of the highest paid players. So realistically this is quickly becoming a contract year for Matt. He’s got Charlie Weis as his offensive coordinator and he better become a quick study if he wants to be the teams starter in 2011.
Better yet, he better become a quick study because if he does the 2010 Chiefs could be surprise playoff contenders.