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cavtrp1
08-17-2010, 04:29 PM
http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d819d35ed/article/cassel-heads-crop-of-qbs-who-must-perform-this-season?module=HP_cp2
For several quarterbacks, 2010 is a make-or-break season.

Anything less than a strong performance by those in this group is likely to lead to a lost starting job, if not a spot on the roster.

This will be the season that some clubs determine if they can afford to go any longer with the man they once defined as their "quarterback of the future." They and the players involved understand that the future clearly is now.

Pressure on Chiefs rising
The Chiefs are coming off their worst three-year stretch in team history. So far through camp and one preseason game, progress has been tough to find, says Vic Carucci. More ... Sitting at, or at least very near, the top of the list is Matt Cassel. The Kansas City Chiefs gave up the No. 34 overall pick of the 2009 draft to acquire Cassel and veteran linebacker Mike Vrabel from the New England Patriots. Last summer, they signed Cassel to a six-year contract worth $63 million, including $28 million in guaranteed money and $40.5 million in total compensation through the first three seasons.

In his first year with Kansas City, Cassel was far from impressive, which was consistent with the Chiefs' 4-12 finish. He went 4-11 in 15 starts and threw for 2,924 yards, 16 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. His passer rating was 69.9.

"I think this is a big year for Matt," Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli said. He was quick to add that it's a big year for "a lot of players," but he knows the franchise is under pressure to show significant progress and that it won't happen unless Cassel plays far better than he did last year.

Pioli also pointed out that Cassel didn't have as strong a supporting cast in his first season with the Chiefs as he did in 2008 with the Patriots, after he replaced injured starter Tom Brady and became one of the most-coveted available quarterbacks in the league the following offseason. In New England, Cassel was throwing to Randy Moss and Wes Welker. In Kansas City, he had nobody close to that talent level.

"We saw some progress with Matt over the course of (last) season," said Pioli, who oversaw the Patriots' player-personnel before becoming the Chiefs' GM last year. "He had faced some adversity, on different levels, that he hadn't had to face before. Even though he moved into that spot when Tommy got hurt a couple of years ago, he had some players around him where it made the transition possibly a little bit easier."

The Chiefs are hoping that Cassel's game will be helped by the fact that wide receiver Chris Chambers, who joined the team halfway through last season, will be available from the start of the year. They're also hoping Cassel will benefit from new offensive coordinator Charlie Weis, who did plenty to help Brady go from sixth-round draft pick to mega-star when Weis ran the offense in New England.

Weis and Chiefs coach Todd Haley have worked together previously and share similar offensive philosophies and terminology. Before Weis met Cassel, the coach studied videotape of every snap the quarterback had taken in the NFL. Entering the offseason, Weis' primary focus was working on Cassel's footwork.


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"Just putting myself in a good position to throw and staying on balance," Cassel said. "And that's something that's really started to show as we've gotten going in camp so far."

Veteran offensive guard Brian Waters added, "Matt is like a lot of the young guys; you definitely see them more comfortable in their second year. I think that last year was the first time he really had his own team, so this year I think you're going to see a different guy who's going to be more in command and more in command of the huddle. And I think guys will look at him as a true leader.

"Last year, he earned a lot of respect, the way he went about preparing for games and the type of competitor that he is. I think this year it'll be even better for him, because everybody's kind of used to playing with one another."

It had better be. The expectations for the team are high. The expectations for Cassel to resemble what he was in '08 -- or at least come close to that -- are higher.

He doesn't seem ruffled.

"I don't think there's anybody that puts more pressure on himself than I do," Cassel said. "I think as the quarterback of any NFL team, you put a tremendous amount of pressure on yourself to win ball games because that's what you're here to do and ultimately, that's what you want to do. So for me, it's just continue to go out and work hard and do what I've been coached and let the other guys take advantage of what they do successfully and then just let the chips fall where they may."

The same can pretty much be said for these other quarterbacks at a crossroads:

Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears: He can only hope that new offensive coordinator Mike Martz can elevate his game.

Trent Edwards, Buffalo Bills: He's banking on new coach Chan Gailey, an offensive guru, helping him improve dramatically.

David Garrard, Jacksonville Jaguars: He's looking for the remarkable efficiency he hasn't consistently shown since 2007.

Matt Hasselbeck, Seattle Seahawks: Can he stay healthy enough and perform well enough to stick around for another season?

Matt Leinart, Arizona Cardinals: He's off to a rough start in taking on the enormous challenge of replacing Kurt Warner.


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Kyle "Pro Bowl" Orton, Denver Broncos: He has the starting job because he has the most familiarity with the offense, but at some point Tim Tebow is going to make a push.

Alex Smith, San Francisco 49ers: He must demonstrate, once and for all, that he can be the quarterback the 49ers thought he could be when they made him the top-overall pick in 2005.

Observation points
So let me get this straight: Ryan Longwell, Steve Hutchinson and Jared Allen flew to Hattiesburg, Miss., to essentially beg Brett Favre to return to the Vikings. Something just isn't right about that. True, something isn't just right about the entire Favre saga, but when teammates feel the need to leave training camp to convince him to play, it takes the ridiculousness of it all to a whole new level. It also speaks to the level of desperation that coach Brad Childress is feeling after watching his team's first preseason game.

Chiefs backup quarterback Brodie Croyle has an arm injury that prompted the team to pick up rookie Bill Stull from Pitt, but don't be surprised if Croyle ends up being dealt. One possible landing spot is Buffalo, as Gailey was Croyle's offensive coordinator in Kansas City.

'Hamas' Jenkins
08-17-2010, 04:33 PM
Don't worry, even if he replicates his performance, we'll blame his pratfalls on Herm, Carl, the defense, weather, bad fans, and Jodie Foster.

Deberg_1990
08-17-2010, 04:34 PM
Chiefs backup quarterback Brodie Croyle has an arm injury that prompted the team to pick up rookie Bill Stull from Pitt, but don't be surprised if Croyle ends up being dealt. One possible landing spot is Buffalo, as Gailey was Croyle's offensive coordinator in Kansas City.

First ive heard of that? Doubtful.....Stull is most likely preseason fodder. Someone has to play in the 4Q's of those 3rd and 4th preseason games.

Tribal Warfare
08-17-2010, 04:50 PM
First ive heard of that? Doubtful.....Stull is most likely preseason fodder. Someone has to play in the 4Q's of those 3rd and 4th preseason games.

SIC info , they were trying to deal Brodie to the Bills before the draft but Pioli thought that the lowball offer wasn't worth it.

chiefs1111
08-17-2010, 04:52 PM
Don't worry, even if he replicates his performance, we'll blame his pratfalls on Herm, Carl, the defense, weather, bad fans, and Jodie Foster.

You forgot the offensive line

Bane
08-17-2010, 04:58 PM
"I think this is a big year for Matt," Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli said.:rolleyes:

JD10367
08-17-2010, 05:00 PM
http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d819d35ed/article/cassel-heads-crop-of-qbs-who-must-perform-this-season?module=HP_cp2

I would agree with the assessment on all those QBs. I'd also say that Dirty Sanchez isn't out from under the microscope just yet; his numbers weren't great, and his team was only one game above .500 as they eked into the playoffs. They've made a lot of additions, and expectations are high. His first pass last night (INT) made me LOL but after that he actually looked really good, so maybe this year Sanchez will actually live up to all the ballwashing he undeservedly got last season.

ChiefsCountry
08-17-2010, 05:15 PM
Patriot Cassel Ball Washers and their hate for Sanchez is so funny to watch.

Pioli Zombie
08-17-2010, 05:18 PM
Well there's a NO SHIT article. But of course most of CP has already decided what's going to happen this year so what the fuck.

the Talking Can
08-17-2010, 05:19 PM
yeah, i bet cassel is really sweating getting paid no matter how much he sucks...probably can't sleep at night....

Bane
08-17-2010, 05:20 PM
Patriot Cassel Ball Washers and their hate for Sanchez is so funny to watch.

:clap:

Pioli Zombie
08-17-2010, 05:22 PM
yeah, i bet cassel is really sweating getting paid no matter how much he sucks...probably can't sleep at night....
So Manning and Brady and Brees make a lot too. They don't give a shit because they are getting paid anyway?

FAX
08-17-2010, 05:22 PM
Don't worry, even if he replicates his performance, we'll blame his pratfalls on Herm, Carl, the defense, weather, bad fans, and Jodie Foster.

As much as you'd probably like people to believe that, I think you're missing an 18 million dollar point. Clark Hunt would laugh Pioli out of his office if he asked for that check after a year like last season.

Cassel either gets it together this year, or it's cut your losses time.

FAX

Pioli Zombie
08-17-2010, 05:24 PM
Patriot Cassel Ball Washers and their hate for Sanchez is so funny to watch.
Not half as hilarious as Sanchez ball washers and their hate for Cassel.

Pasta Giant Meatball
08-17-2010, 05:25 PM
Patriot Cassel Ball Washers and their hate for Sanchez is so funny to watch.

KC fans nibbling on a Jet QB's nutsack isn't?

the Talking Can
08-17-2010, 05:25 PM
So Manning and Brady and Brees make a lot too. They don't give a shit because they are getting paid anyway?

what do superbowl winning QBs have to do with Cassel sucking so bad he gets cut?


jesus do you smash your vag with a flounder while you type?

DeezNutz
08-17-2010, 05:25 PM
Matt, I love you. /True Fans

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Bane
08-17-2010, 05:26 PM
Matt, I love you. /True Fans

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ROFLROFLROFLROFLROFL

vailpass
08-17-2010, 05:26 PM
I would agree with the assessment on all those QBs. I'd also say that Dirty Sanchez isn't out from under the microscope just yet; his numbers weren't great, and his team was only one game above .500 as they eked into the playoffs. They've made a lot of additions, and expectations are high. His first pass last night (INT) made me LOL but after that he actually looked really good, so maybe this year Sanchez will actually live up to all the ballwashing he undeservedly got last season.

WTF?

InChiefsHell
08-17-2010, 05:47 PM
While I'm sure Matt has no financial worries, I'm sure he still gives quite a shit about being successful. This ain't Jafatass Russel. Cassel struggled, he knows it and I'm sure he's doing everything he can to improve. Of course, he may wind up failing. But I am sure the guy gives a shit about football and wants to succeed. Geez.

Chiefspants
08-17-2010, 05:51 PM
Shut up guys, we have the 10 yard superstar.

Reerun_KC
08-17-2010, 06:05 PM
Don't worry, even if he replicates his performance, we'll blame his pratfalls on Herm, Carl, the defense, weather, bad fans, and Jodie Foster.

Yeah you probably will...

And we will have to listen to it for the next 5 years on how you would of done everything so different...

Draftabulators FTW!!!!!

Tribal Warfare
08-17-2010, 06:11 PM
While I'm sure Matt has no financial worries, I'm sure he still gives quite a shit about being successful. This ain't Jafatass Russel. Cassel struggled, he knows it and I'm sure he's doing everything he can to improve. Of course, he may wind up failing. But I am sure the guy gives a shit about football and wants to succeed. Geez.

The problem with Cassel is he doesn't have the talent to be an elite QB.

Reerun_KC
08-17-2010, 06:15 PM
The problem with Cassel is he doesn't have the talent to be an elite QB.

Then why is he in the NFL?

DeezNutz
08-17-2010, 06:16 PM
Then why is he in the NFL?

Because all teams need backups, Herm lover.

JD10367
08-17-2010, 06:16 PM
Patriot Cassel Ball Washers and their hate for Sanchez is so funny to watch.

You referring to me?

Bane
08-17-2010, 06:16 PM
Then why is he in the NFL?

Why was JaPorkchop?

Reerun_KC
08-17-2010, 06:18 PM
Because all teams need backups, Herm lover.



Takes one to know one....:hmmm:

Reerun_KC
08-17-2010, 06:18 PM
Why was JaPorkchop?

:shrug:

Pasta Giant Meatball
08-17-2010, 06:19 PM
Then why is he in the NFL?

Well done asking this to the "QB Whisperer"

Bane
08-17-2010, 06:22 PM
:shrug:

I'm just saying that argument isn't a very good one.Clearly they saw "something" in Casshole,but I'm still waiting to see it on the field.

boogblaster
08-17-2010, 07:21 PM
he has to improve .. cant see him getting worse ....

notorious
08-17-2010, 08:15 PM
Shut up guys, we have the 10 yard superstar.

Damn, did he hit the juice during the off season?

Frankie
08-17-2010, 09:22 PM
I have defended Cassel for last year. This year though, I will judge the hell out of him. Just wish the O-line had measurable improved so my judgment would be really fair and balanced. Having said all this, remind me again, who's coming up in the draft next year?

DeezNutz
08-17-2010, 09:25 PM
Luck
Locker
Mallett
Gabbert (maybe)

milkman
08-17-2010, 09:33 PM
Luck
Locker
Mallett
Gabbert (maybe)

Luck is my favorite out of that group, but I just have this feeling he won't come out next year.

Tribal Warfare
08-17-2010, 09:41 PM
Luck
Locker
Mallett
Gabbert (maybe)

Andrew Luck wants degree before entering NFL Draft (http://www.mockingthedraft.com/2010/7/11/1564025/andrew-luck-wants-degree-before)


Speaking on a Bay Area radio station last week, Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck said he wants to get a college degree before going to the NFL.

"I don’t think about it that much," the redshirt sophomore said on KNBR. "I still consider myself a pretty young guy. I need to get a degree in college before I start thinking about that stuff. I will probably stay in school for sure."