Kansas City Chiefs: Matt Cassel Needs To Win Games, Not Manage Them

John BartramCorrespondent IIOctober 13, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - OCTOBER 10: Matt Cassel #7 of the Kansas City Chiefs looks on against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
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Matt Cassel was not the reason the Chiefs lost the game against the Indianapolis Colts.  There are numerous reasons, all of which have been argued, debated, sliced and diced.

As the quarterback and leader of the Kansas City Chiefs however, Cassel needs to learn how to win games such as that one.

His game stats and quarterback rating, as well as the perception of the fans would all have been different if Dwayne Bowe caught that one pass (among many drops) in the end zone.  Would that have changed the outcome of the game?  It may very well have, but we'll never know.

This is what Matt Cassel needs to learn:

The NFL is a bottom line business and his coach is a bottom line guy.  It will take just a few more performances similar to the Colt game and Brodie Croyle will get his chance, again.  It may not seem fair in many ways, but it doesn't matter.  If Brodie Croyle is able to come in and win, that's all that matters.

Charlie Weis was brought in as the offensive coordinator and said is first job was to "fix the quarterback."  That gave a very clear message that something needed fixing.  So far, he as not fixed anything.  In fact, I would go so far as to say that Matt Cassel has taken a step back from last year.

Matt Cassel had a lot more reasons last year to under-perform.  He wasn't given much of a pass, but there were some valid reasons.  Most of those don't exist this year.

The Kansas City Chiefs are on the verge of being an elite NFL football team. 

But they have something to learn.

An elite football team needs an excellent quarterback.  The definition of that, in my opinion is changing.  The day of the 400 yard and four touchdown quarterback is starting to vanish.

The "new" quarterback is one who can play mistake free, manage a game, be a leader and win a game when it is on the line.  That is what the coaching staff of the Chiefs need to learn if that is what they have in Matt Cassel.

I believe he has all the tools.  He is big, strong, a respected leader and fierce competitor.  I think he throws much better than is reported and he moves well.

Can he drive the Chiefs down the field with the game on the line, and win?

Only time will tell, but the clock is ticking.