That's right, I said support your quarterback. I'll say it again, support your quarterback! I've been a Chiefs fan for a long time (I can't tell you how long because it would give away my age). One thing I've noticed about our fans is that we never seem to be satisfied with that poor guy behind center.
History of Quarterback Blame:
It didn't begin with Matt Cassel. It is a long standing tradition. Steve Bono, Steve Deberg, Elvis Grbac, Rich Gannon, and yes, even Trent Green. To be fair, most of the names on that list deserved our displeasure, but a couple of them didn't.
Rich Gannon filled in for Grbac quite a bit in the '97 season and did a nice job of it. The following year, he had more starts and wasn't quite as impressive, so the Chiefs traded him to the Raiders. I would guess the Raiders are thankful that we did.
Trent Green has the best stats of any quarterback in Chiefs history. He led Kansas City to a 9-0 start in 2003, finishing the regular season 13-3. Do you know what Kansas City fans did that season? They complained about Green. A quarterback getting them wins with a less than stellar supporting cast and we complained.
Matt Cassel's Play:
Now we come to Matt Cassel. He's not as impressive as Trent Green, but he's a solid level headed quarterback. He leads his team, he protects the ball. He is tied with two other (much bigger named) quarterbacks for the least interceptions. He has a decent completion percentage and he appears to have earned the respect of his teammates. His personality is a great fit for Kansas City, who needs a team minded quarterback rather than a diva.
Should the Chiefs keep Cassel after this season?
Some of you may be thinking that I'm just a big Matt Cassel lover and I don't understand that he's not an elite quarterback. Some of you may even think (since I'm female) that I like him because he's easy on the eyes.
You would not be entirely wrong on those assumptions. I'll give you two out of three. I'm very aware that Cassel is not Manning, or Rivers. I'm also aware that he most likely will not ever be in their class. Even so, there is reason enough to get behind Matt Cassel to be found in his play and Kansas City's improvement this season.
The Rest of the Story:
If those reasons aren't enough for you, consider this: we're not going to get anyone better anytime soon. Cassel is leading the Chiefs to a winning record and possibly even to the post season, so the Kansas City staff isn't even going to be looking.
We're not going to snag a Phillip Rivers or a Tom Brady. Anyone who has a quarterback of that caliber or even close isn't giving him up. We can draft a college superstar, sure, but he's still going to be playing back up to Cassel for a while because college just isn't pro.
Kansas City has other positions they are more in need of filling than quarterback. Wide receiver is the first one that comes to mind here, but there are others as well. They are not going to start fresh behind center unless one of two things happen:
1. They don't have any key positions that are weaker than quarterback.
2. Cassel really starts messing up.
Knowing this, we should stop complaining and get behind the poor guy. I have a feeling it's easier to succeed with your fan base for you than against you. Right now, if Chiefs fans want Kansas City to succeed, then we have to want Matt Cassel to succeed too because like it or not, he IS our franchise quarterback in the foreseeable future.