I'll be the first to admit that Cassel has not torn up the league. However, the fans and media seem to think he is suppose to do that now.
Let's examine the slippery slope arguments.
The first is that he should play up to his contract.
Really?! How does how much his contract is worth affect his play?
This is the most ridiculous of all arguments. Should he have said no? Is it his fault they gave him a lot of money. Would you turn it down? If you say yes, you're a liar. He should perform if he makes the minimum, so drop it.
The second argument is that he has no arm strength. If you think this, you're watching a different quarterback than I am. Chad Pennington, Rich Gannon, Phil Simms and even Len Dawson didn't have arm strength.
Matt Cassel does. Would you like the Chiefs to trade for Jamarcus Russel? He has a great arm.
The third argument is that he has no fire. Is he supposed to be Ray Lewis? You don't have to act like Phillip Rivers to be a leader. Matt Cassel will run into anyone, dive for any first down and get up from any hit. His teammates respect him and he works as hard or harder than anyone on the team.
If we look at his time with the Chiefs, Cassel's struggles are excusable.
He came in last year to a bad football team. That's why they went 4-12. It was entirely his fault. Larry Johnson was the running back for the first half of the season, averaging about 2 yards per carry. The Chiefs led the NFL in dropped passes. He was sacked 42 times.
Todd Haley, in his rookie year as a head coach, performed like one. He fired the offensive coordinator, Chan Gailey, during pre-season. Then he took over the duties and did a poor job, which he admitted publicly.
Matt Cassel, in his two years with the Chiefs, has worked with three three different offensive coordinators, as well as a rookie head coach.
During the time he has been with the Chiefs, their roster has changed almost 75 percent.
Yet, he is supposed to be a superstar by now.
Despite all that, he still managed to throw for 3,000 yards, 16 touchdowns and 16 interceptions last season. Not outstanding by any means, but brilliant under the circumstances.
In 2008, he had his first full year as a starting quarterback, thanks to our beloved team. This weak armed quarterback managed to throw for 3700 yards, 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He was also sacked 47 times, which led the league. He also led the Patriots to an 11-5 record.
I conclude that it was not the "Patriot's System". They had talent, which the Chiefs now have. Currently, the Chiefs are developing, organizing and become a team. That includes their quarterback.
He did not throw slants and dunks to Randy Moss. He had 8 touchdowns of nearly 20 yards or more to Moss alone in 2008. I assure you, they were not after the catch yards.
Enough already. If by the end of the year, Matt Cassel has not improved dramatically, I will jump off his bandwagon. I will, however, be right. He will be the quarterback of the future for the Kansas City Chiefs.