Yes, they’re all former or current (and soon to be former) quarterbacks for the Kansas City Chiefs.
More importantly, they were all failures.
Now one could argue about Bono, since he did lead that outstanding 1995 team with Marcus Allen, Derrick Thomas and Neil Smith. But it was just for the one year, after that…bye-bye Stevie.
The other thing they had in common was a clear uneasy feeling about living in KC.
Oh sure, they said they loved it here, loved the fans and the family atmosphere. Yet they hid from the public – at least our local public – and when they were traded or dumped, none of them ever came back to Kansas City unless it was for business.
Clearly it was a glad-to-be-outta-here attitude.
And Matt Cassel feels just like Steve and Elvis…it ain’t working, he’s unhappy and he has nothing to do with the this town outside of Arrowhead Stadium. Sure he makes a few forced appearances, but he rarely does interviews or is seen out in public.
Matt had good intentions when he was made the starter for the Chiefs. But I believe when it all went bad he left the building – at least mentally.
Think about it…
Four years at the plumb sports post here and we know almost nothing about Matt.
When he’s cut, he’ll be gone and fast. That 4-12 season did him in, he knew it and the public knew it.
Only Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli seems to have missed that one.
As WHB’s Soren Petro points out, the Chiefs have the worst record in the AFC the last four years. They’re only team to lose two home openers by more than 40 points in modern pro football. Wow.
At least Grbac was picked “The Sexist Man in Pro Sports” by People Magazine in 1998. That was Elvis’s last season in KC. We later heard that it was an error. The People photo guy was supposed to photograph Rich Gannon, but the magazine didn’t want to hurt Grbac’s feelings and went with it adding the telling line, “His personality makes him sexy.”
Rich was a nice looking guy, Elvis kinda looked like Dumbo the Elephant.
Sexy? No. Mistake? Yes.
So enjoy Matt THE FRANCHISE Cassel for this last hurrah. Hey, at least he got 60 million bucks! I’m sure everyday he thinks, “Why did I take this job? I could have gone to a better team and had a nice career.”
Instead he’ll be remembered for almost nothing – as just another Chiefs quarterback that didn’t work out.
Pioli may offer him a one year deal to help train the new kid next season. I figure Matt will say NO.
Hey, maybe he gets to back up Tom Brady in New England again. Brady goes down and Matt is the starter – bang, playoffs – he’s back, baby.
Matt, it was nice to meet you, sorry we never got to know you.