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Count Zarth
06-09-2009, 10:09 AM
Nothing much new here but I liked Engram's quote.

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/chiefs/2009-06-07-cassel-otas_N.htm?csp=34

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Everywhere Matt Cassel went, a great quarterback got there first.

Not one but two Heisman Trophy winners kept him on the bench throughout his college career at USC, denying him even one start. Then he was drafted by New England and found no less than a Super Bowl MVP was in charge at his position.

Now he's in Kansas City, and are things ever different. That's not Matt Leinart, Carson Palmer and Tom Brady he's competing against anymore. It's Tyler Thigpen, Ingle Martin and Brodie Croyle.

At 27, Cassel has a team to call his own for the first time since high school. From the first day of spring drills, a team is finally counting on him not to follow, but to lead; not to hold the clipboard, but to help design plays to put on it.

This weekend's mandatory minicamp brought all the Chiefs players on the field with their new quarterback for the first time. The realization is sinking in that his time is finally at hand.

"Slowly but surely," he said Saturday with a grin. "We're building chemistry, we're building rapport and everybody's working hard."

Although coach Todd Haley refuses to name a starter at any position, there is no question in anyone's mind who the No. 1 quarterback is.

"He's running the team," said wide receiver Bobby Engram. "And I'm very impressed. He's a very sharp guy. He's watching film, he's drawing up plays, he's coaching everybody up. He's shown early on that we're going to be able to rely on him."

Another tip-off about who's running the show is the fact that Cassel will be paid almost $15 million this year. After he replaced the injured Brady in the season opener last September and proved his worth by throwing for 3,693 yards and 23 touchdowns, the Patriots made him their franchise player. The trade to Kansas City soon followed.

So now he's got all the money he could want, the chance to start that he's always craved and Cassel is, by all accounts, a very happy man. When he was first presented to the Kansas City media, he shook hands and introduced himself to every reporter, broadcaster and photographer in the room.

"I can't even tell you the feelings I have, the emotions," he said. "I couldn't be more excited."

Chiefs fans are excited, too. After the team won only six games in two years, the coach and general manager both were told to clean out their desks so an entirely new day could dawn for Kansas City.

"Everything's new," Cassel said. "It's a new environment, it's new teammates, getting to know my linemen, getting to know my receivers, getting to know my running backs."

Haley, the offensive coordinator the past two years at Arizona, is not known as an easy man to please. But when asked about his new quarterback, he seems almost to gush.

"He's the leader for every workout group. It's hard to outwork this guy," he said.

"When he's done working out, he's upstairs bugging us. He's making drawings, coming up with ideas, wanting to talk football, all the time on top of working out real hard. He's lost some weight, has his body in shape. We want our quarterback to be one of the hardest workers on the team. I think he's clearly shown me that."

Even with his naturally upbeat, sunny outlook on life, there were times when Cassel did get discouraged. But now he believes even that is going to work to his advantage in Kansas City.

"You get toughened up," he said. "There's going to be a lot of adversity that comes up during the season, whether we lose a game, whether it's a tough play or an interception or something like that. You have to be able to overcome it and be mentally tough.

"You continue to be mentally tough and you continue to push through and know there's a bright spot at the end of the tunnel."

CAPTION THIS

http://i.usatoday.net/sports/_photos/2009/06/07/chiefsx-large.jpg

penguinz
06-09-2009, 10:16 AM
woo

Mr. Krab
06-09-2009, 10:18 AM
http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n137/terminatorus/plakat/234269-repost_police.gif

Christofire
06-09-2009, 10:37 AM
CAPTION THIS

http://i.usatoday.net/sports/_photos/2009/06/07/chiefsx-large.jpg[/QUOTE]

(Upon seeing Brian Waters walk on to the field for the first time this offseason)
"HAAAAAAAAALLELUJAH! HAAAAAALELUJAH!
HALLELUJAH!
HALLELUJAH!
HALLEEEEEEEEEELUUUUUJAH!!"

Mr. Krab
06-09-2009, 10:43 AM
I understand our weakness along the offensive line, Brian Waters will help us be better. BUT......

Brian Waters really hasn't been that good the last few years. I've seen him completely whiff in a 1-on-1 more in the last couple years than all his previous years combined.

Christofire
06-09-2009, 10:44 AM
Either that, or he's making an unsuccessful attempt to get Coach Haley to go for it on fourth down.

chiefzilla1501
06-09-2009, 10:50 AM
Yet another puff piece, but it goes back to what I was saying earlier that his work ethic is what I believe is going to increase the likelihood of his success. He learned from Brady and it appears that his work ethic is just as strong.

While I hate to open the Sanchez vs. Cassel debate, I think most people on both sides would agree that Cassel has a lot more to offer in terms of leadership right now. That's not a knock on Sanchez. Merely saying that it's very difficult for a rookie to lead a team--usually respect has to be earned over time.

booyaf2
06-09-2009, 10:52 AM
"Who's that reporter over there? Her a$$ is this big"

Pestilence
06-09-2009, 10:54 AM
CAPTION THIS

http://i.usatoday.net/sports/_photos/2009/06/07/chiefsx-large.jpg

Tyler! HEY TYLER!!! Dude....I said red gatorade! No...not blue gatorade....red gatorade! Fucking help these days....Jesus!

Pestilence
06-09-2009, 10:55 AM
On another note....Hali is looking pretty lean in that picture. I wonder what his weight is down to now.

King_Chief_Fan
06-09-2009, 10:56 AM
CAPTION THIS

http://i.usatoday.net/sports/_photos/2009/06/07/chiefsx-large.jpg

(Upon seeing Brian Waters walk on to the field for the first time this offseason)
"HAAAAAAAAALLELUJAH! HAAAAAALELUJAH!
HALLELUJAH!
HALLELUJAH!
HALLEEEEEEEEEELUUUUUJAH!!"[/quote]

Hey Brokie! Try not to hurt yourself bringing me my gator aide.

Pestilence
06-09-2009, 11:03 AM
(Upon seeing Brian Waters walk on to the field for the first time this offseason)
"HAAAAAAAAALLELUJAH! HAAAAAALELUJAH!
HALLELUJAH!
HALLELUJAH!
HALLEEEEEEEEEELUUUUUJAH!!"

Hey Brokie! Try not to hurt yourself bringing me my gator aide.

Copy cat.

KcFanInGA
06-09-2009, 11:04 AM
CAPTION THIS

http://i.usatoday.net/sports/_photos/2009/06/07/chiefsx-large.jpg

Brodie! Did I say you could stop pedalling? Did I f$%$#ng say stop pedalling? NO!

King_Chief_Fan
06-09-2009, 11:05 AM
Copy cat.

I didn't read your quote...I often start talking/typing without listening or reading what someone else might have said/written.

KC Dan
06-09-2009, 11:05 AM
Brodie! Did I say you could stop pedalling? Did I f$%$#ng say stop pedalling? NO!
lmao!!!

KcFanInGA
06-09-2009, 11:11 AM
CAPTION THIS

http://i.usatoday.net/sports/_photos/2009/06/07/chiefsx-large.jpg

Come on Scott! Get Whitlock outta here, he's taking all the snacks!

BarrySPAMAID
06-09-2009, 11:11 AM
CAPTION THIS

http://i.usatoday.net/sports/_photos/2009/06/07/chiefsx-large.jpg

(Upon seeing Brian Waters walk on to the field for the first time this offseason)
"HAAAAAAAAALLELUJAH! HAAAAAALELUJAH!
HALLELUJAH!
HALLELUJAH!
HALLEEEEEEEEEELUUUUUJAH!!"[/QUOTE]


YES, that is what I said, my penis is THIS big!

KcFanInGA
06-09-2009, 11:14 AM
(Upon seeing Brian Waters walk on to the field for the first time this offseason)
"HAAAAAAAAALLELUJAH! HAAAAAALELUJAH!
HALLELUJAH!
HALLELUJAH!
HALLEEEEEEEEEELUUUUUJAH!!"


YES, that is what I said, my penis is THIS big![/QUOTE]

Lol. I knew this was coming.

beach tribe
06-09-2009, 12:08 PM
CAPTION THIS

http://i.usatoday.net/sports/_photos/2009/06/07/chiefsx-large.jpg

[/QUOTE]

"Then little johnny said....Rat...........Rat with a dick this long."

Chief Chief
06-09-2009, 12:09 PM
"HEY, MY DONG'S THIS LONG BEFORE STIMULATION...SO LET'S JUST GO AHEAD AND GET IT ON NOW SINCE WE KNOW YOU'RE NOT GETTING ANYTHING WITH YOUR PARTNER AND HIS RECORD-BREAKING CONSECUTIVE SEXUAL-ACTIVITY-RELATED GROIN INJURIES, MRS. BRODIE CROYLE!!"

orange
06-09-2009, 12:09 PM
http://i.usatoday.net/sports/_photos/2009/06/07/chiefsx-large.jpg


Jazz Hands!

Mr. Arrowhead
06-09-2009, 12:28 PM
Tyler! HEY TYLER!!! Dude....I said red gatorade! No...not blue gatorade....red gatorade! ****ing help these days....Jesus!

ROFL

Mr. Arrowhead
06-09-2009, 12:31 PM
http://i.usatoday.net/sports/_photos/2009/06/07/chiefsx-large.jpg
Hey Coach i got a great idea, let put Whitlock in at Nose Tackle, since hes a fat ass and all, and he also would get closer to the action, its a win-win for everybody.

Ebolapox
06-09-2009, 01:20 PM
http://i.usatoday.net/sports/_photos/2009/06/07/chiefsx-large.jpg

Five.
Five dollar.
Five dollar foot long.

yeah, I'll take, what, three?

King_Chief_Fan
06-09-2009, 01:24 PM
http://i.usatoday.net/sports/_photos/2009/06/07/chiefsx-large.jpg

Five.
Five dollar.
Five dollar foot long.

yeah, I'll take, what, three?

I am not the official to declare the winner but.........WINNER:thumb:

bowener
06-09-2009, 03:29 PM
CAPTION THIS

http://i.usatoday.net/sports/_photos/2009/06/07/chiefsx-large.jpg[/quote]

"Hey, Pigpen! Yo mama's ass is thiiiiiiiis wide, you bitch! Go kill yourself, you loser! HA!"

sodcat
06-09-2009, 06:40 PM
cant wait to see the dude play in a real game.

Easy 6
06-09-2009, 06:46 PM
On another note....Hali is looking pretty lean in that picture. I wonder what his weight is down to now.

Yeah, he really is...i'm looking forward to seeing him at OLB, i think he could shine.

He should be a solid pass rush threat, a run stopper & be able to do atleast some coverage assignments.

BarrySPAMAID
06-09-2009, 07:00 PM
Yeah, he really is...i'm looking forward to seeing him at OLB, i think he could shine.

He should be a solid pass rush threat, a run stopper & be able to do atleast some coverage assignments.

STAMP!!! Nice!! Hali has a comeback year bro!:thumb: and is that a pic of Brodie I see as your avatar?

Ebolapox
06-09-2009, 07:05 PM
STAMP!!! Nice!! Hali has a comeback year bro!:thumb: and is that a pic of Brodie I see as your avatar?

http://www.geekalerts.com/u/yoda-stamp.jpg

know, I do not, what the fuck stamps have to do with this.

RNR
06-09-2009, 07:06 PM
Dang gochiefs you should have posted this as breaking news! :)

Count Zarth
06-09-2009, 07:07 PM
Dang gochiefs you should have posted this as breaking news! :)

There is no breaking news in this piece. No new information.

RNR
06-09-2009, 07:12 PM
There is no breaking news in this piece. No new information.

That was my point, come on gochiefs You are way too sharp not to get some friendly shit hanging

Mizzou_8541
06-09-2009, 07:15 PM
On another note....Hali is looking pretty lean in that picture. I wonder what his weight is down to now.

Yeah, but he's got a stupid facemask

milkman
06-09-2009, 08:22 PM
http://i.usatoday.net/sports/_photos/2009/06/07/chiefsx-large.jpg


At 15 mil a year, I'm going to need a bag this size to carry my money after I cash each game check.