Many of you had good points re my reaction to the news about Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel‘s medical status…
In the lowly comments section, no less. So now that I have calmed down for a minute, let’s take another look.
The initial report I got was Cassel would be "out for season."
That ends up likely not to be the case – more likely just this week and next. Steelers quarterback, "Big Ben" was out 15 days, but there was a bye week, so it would have been two games otherwise.
So you guys are right.
We go to battle with Brodie Croyle. I don’t have to remind you of his on-field record – but I will – 0-9 as a starter. How many touchdown passes? Was it four or five? By the way when you guys think Brodie is "maybe" pretty good, lets look at that. Todd Haley didn’t even put this number two quarterback in at the end of the two games that the Chiefs had won and covered in the fourth quarter, The Niners or Seattle. Had Haley thought that maybe he needed to work Brodie a bit for a possible "situation" he would have done so. He didn’t.
Brodie had all pre-season to gain at least the respect of the head coach on the issue of truly being a "real" number two. That didn’t happen. Yes, he will be forced to use him as the starter now, but only because Haley has no options. None.
I heard 610 Sports Nick Wright say, "Well I’d rather lose Cassel now then Charles, Hali or Bowe."
Really? This quarterback has been on the throwing end of 85% of all the touchdowns the Chiefs have. Our great, number one running game has 8 touchdowns, 5 for Jones, 2 for Charles and one for the defense lineman Smith. Hmm. You might rethink that. Cassel is for real, at least on this team. He is the number 4 rated quarterback in the NFL. Not bad. The guy has learned "how to win."
Cassel’s team is 8-4 and the ONLY TEAM IN THE NFL WITH A TWO GAME LEAD. Not bad.
O.K. maybe, just maybe, Brodie has the game of his life, the defense plays out of their minds and Dexter and Charles save us somehow. It could happen. Nobody would be more pleased than I would. Like you guys, I will be watching this game on the edge of my seat, hoping, cheering, thinking of winning. I will. It could happen.
However without THE FRANCHISE, I’m pretty nervous about that, aren’t you?
On a strange and suprising note, the national press, ESPN, Jim Rome and USA Today, gave this story almost no attention. Why? Cassel is the only known player on this team, at this time, just him. Yes, I know we all jump around over Charles,Bowe and Hali, but they are for the most part unheard of outside of KC.
Remember we have no big national TV games thus far. The Monday Night game came was on the middle of the night in most places and nobody cared about the Chiefs but us. Since then we have no BIG win. The Chiefs have not proven they can beat an elite team, because well, they haven’t.
Close against Colts, but we lost. The rest of our wins are against losers. All of them.
So we are still not seen as a "strong playoff" team even with the two game advantage. Sure if we win the west and go deep in the playoffs like the Jets did, then we matter. Now we are just a blip on the screen. Imagine if this was Tom Brady out for a few games – you’d never hear the end of it.
So I will calm down, hope for the best and try and believe in Brody Croyle.
I know Matt THE FRANCHISE Cassel is a tough guy, so he will get back ASAP. Two questions; will he be ready and good when he does? Since the Chiefs, Haley, lied about the operation til he couldn’t lie anymore, did this problem come up a week or so before and was put off until now? Perhaps because of the fact that with Matt they could beat Denver and have a shot? But now, even with Matt, San Diego may still be a win, so lets do it now?
I know this type of medical ‘hit’ comes on fast and has to be taken care of quickly, but it may be something one could put off a week or so. If we lose to the Chargers and get no help with someone upsetting the Chargers again, St. Louis will be a must win. They are now an outstanding team, way better then their record indicates. Much like Tampa. They may be harder to beat then the Chargers.
Yikes. No fears. We have Brodie Croyle, and a great coaching staff. We’ll be ok.