Matt Cassel's Performance Was That of a Hero and Warrior

John BartramCorrespondent IIDecember 20, 2010

ST. LOUIS, MO - DECEMBER 19: Matt Cassel #7 of the Kansas City Chiefs scrambles against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on December 19, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Chiefs beat the Rams 27-13.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

Eleven days ago the man had an organ taken out of his body. He didn't sprain an ankle or pull a muscle, but had an organ removed.  On December 8th Cassel had an emergency appendectomy and on December 19th he led the Chiefs to a 27-13 win over the Saint Louis Rams.

Bill Williamson from ESPN reported that Brian Waters wanted the fans of the Kansas City Chiefs to make sure they understand and appreciate what they have in their quarterback.  Brian Waters said "I knew he'd be making plays or throwing up blood"

More important, he said that Matt Cassel is the leader of their team. 

The respect he earned from his teammates cannot be underscored. Thomas Jones also thought his performance was extraordinary. In Sam Mellinger's article in today's Kansas City Star he quoted Chambers:

“Oooh he’s tough,” receiver Chris Chambers says. “He knew we needed him. He just came through and responded and, man, that uplifted everybody. You have a guy that gutsy, to come play like that after he’s in the hospital, it makes you want to make plays for him.”

Waters and Jones are as well-respected Pro Bowl veteran players as there are in the NFL.

The value of this cannot be underscored by a team that is filled with young, impressionable players when they hear things like that coming from such respected veterans.

Cassel's numbers were okay, but nothing more. He was efficient, as usual, and the run game did it's thing once again. But that's not what it was about.

I too was as frustrated, as all of you were, when Jones kept bouncing off the line for one-yard losses. Where was Jamaal Charles? You and I both know you were screaming at your televisions.

Todd Haley and Charlie Weis, however, must be given credit. The Chiefs, once again, ended up with over 200-yards rushing. How do they keep doing that if all of us as sideline coaches keep wanting to change what they do?

I've been a vocal supporter of Cassel since day one. It is no secret since this is my ninth article about him.

Kansas City Chief fans should be as proud to have him as their quarterback.  He is, without question, the quarterback of the future for this team.

Chief fans, it's Christmas this weekend.  May I make a suggestion?  Give tickets to your friends and loved ones so every seat in Arrowhead in full.

Matt Cassel did his part, now let's do ours. With that stadium full, the Titans and Raiders will have a hard time from keeping the Kansas City Chiefs the AFC West Champs.

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