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Without Matt Cassel, Chargers Could See A Lot More Charles and Jones from Chiefs

It appears highly unlikely that Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel will play in San Diego after an appendectomy on Wednesday.
It appears highly unlikely that Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel will play in San Diego after an appendectomy on Wednesday.Jamie Squire/Getty Images
James AdkinsCorrespondent IIDecember 8, 2010


Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel had what appears to be an emergency appendectomy Wednesday and appears likely to miss Sunday’s game in San Diego against the Chargers. If he does play, he will do something no player in recent memory has done, and that’s play the same week as having that procedure done.

So what happens to the Chiefs offense if Cassel can’t go? Obviously, the quarterback job will fall to backup Brodie Croyle who is yet to win a game in nine career starts, including the 2009 season opener. What makes sense is for the Chiefs to accentuate their league-best rushing attack against a Chargers defense that is fifth in the league in rush defense, allowing just 95.2 yards per game.

Croyle has a strong arm and can make all the throws, his major knock has always been staying healthy. He also has a little bit of a gambling streak in him, and the Chiefs don’t need him turning the ball over. Where Croyle can help the offense is on play-action and then looking for Dwayne Bowe or another of the receivers running deep down the field. Throwing the deep ball is something he does do better than Cassel.

Also, don’t be surprised if offensive coordinator Charlie Weis utilizes a healthy Dexter McCluster in the backfield along with running backs Thomas Jones and Jamaal Charles is some sort of triple-threat Wildcat formation. Even for one of the best run defenses in the league, the Chargers would have a heck of a time defending a triple-option consisting of those three Chiefs.



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