View Full Version : Chiefs Michael Ash ponders how much the Chiefs believe in Cassel

Hammock Parties
10-15-2010, 08:31 AM

A lot has been said this week about the Houston Texans’ pass defense – or more specifically, their utter lack of pass defense. Through five weeks, the Texans have allowed an average of 330 yards per game through the air, which is good for dead last in the league by a fairly large margin.

They’ve also allowed the second-most touchdown passes (11), the second-most yards per pass (8.3), the second-worst completion percentage (68.9), and a whole host of other troubling stats.

But don’t tell any of that to Todd Haley.

“Those statistics sometimes will be misleading because of who (Houston’s) played,” the Chiefs’ coach said on Thursday. “If you get a team that’s a heavier throwing team, like Indianapolis, then it becomes which came first, the chicken or the egg? Are they throwing in their games because they can’t run, or are they throwing because they think they can throw?

“I don’t have those answers. But I think you’ve gotta be a little careful getting too overburdened statistically with this team. It doesn’t look like they have many weaknesses out there.”

In the general sense, Haley’s comments are correct. By itself, surrendering a lot of passing yards doesn’t mean that a team has a poor secondary. It all depends on the circumstances.

If a team is great at defending the run, it’s going to increase the amount of yards they give up through the air. Their opponents have to try moving the ball somehow, after all. If a team has a high-powered offense, their opponents will probably throw a lot of passes so they can keep up.

But as we just covered, there are plenty of other stats than yards to judge a secondary by. Haley is well aware of that, no doubt, which means he’s also aware of the fact that the Texans are equally terrible in many of those other categories.

We can also assume that Haley has watched tape of Houston’s first five games, which means he’s seen countless receivers galloping freely through their secondary without a defender within ten yards of them. <table align="right" cellspacing="7" width="220"><tbody><tr><td>http://media.scout.com/media/image/74/747101.jpg
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Despite the rampant dishonesty involved, it’s perfectly normal for an NFL coach to talk up the opposition before a game, no matter how bad the other team actually is. They don’t want to give their opponents any bulletin board material, and more importantly, they don’t want their own team to relax and think they can coast.

So is that all Haley’s doing when he speaks so positively about the Texans’ pass defense? Or is there a little more to it?

Is it possible that he’s trying to downplay expectations for the Chiefs’ passing attack on Sunday?

Going back to the preseason, there’s been a fair amount of debate about what Haley and Charlie Weis truly think of Matt Cassel (http://kan.scout.com/a.z?s=115&p=8&c=1&nid=5024960). Many have theorized that the offense lacks fireworks in the passing game because Weis doesn’t trust Cassel to do anything but the simplistic dink-and-dunk attack we generally see from the offense.

Until now, it’s all been speculation. But this weekend’s contest against the Texans will speak volumes about how the staff actually feels. If they even have the slightest bit of faith in their quarterback, they have to let him go out there and try to take advantage of Houston’s terrible pass defense.

That doesn’t mean the Chiefs have to suddenly transform themselves into a passing team. It doesn’t mean they have to air it out on every down. But unless they’re able to recreate the 49ers game – running the ball at will while holding the opposing offense in check – there will be no reasonable excuse for why attacking Houston downfield wasn’t a significant part of the game plan.

The Texans’ single biggest liability is their secondary. Not exploiting it would be doing Houston an enormous favor. It would be the equivalent of the Chiefs playing the game with handcuffs on. Are they so immensely talented that they can afford to play nice and not take advantage of their opponents’ flaws? Of course they’re not.

Then there’s Cassel himself. What would it mean to him to finally have a good game throwing the ball? Granted, it would come against the worst pass defense in football, but at this point he needs to find confidence anywhere he can get it. Confidence in himself, confidence in his receivers, confidence that he’ll be protected well enough to stand tall in the pocket – these aren’t things he displays too frequently.

Given all that, if Haley and Weis don’t even try to get the passing game going on Sunday, there will only be one explanation – and it won’t reflect well on their opinion of Cassel.

But beyond telling everyone what they feel about their quarterback, the Chiefs will also be sending a message to their fans, telling us not to get too excited about the rest of the season. Because no matter what happens in the weeks to come, they will have told us loud and clear that we don’t have a quarterback who can take us where we want to go.

10-15-2010, 08:36 AM
Haley is being polite.

Houston's secondary is complete $3it.

However, our passing offense is complete $3it.

Their suck vs. our suck shouldn't lead us to believe we have the advantage...

10-15-2010, 08:36 AM
isn't it about time to have a 400 yard passing game? shit or get off our team, cassel. fucking sick of your worthless ass.

10-15-2010, 08:46 AM
isn't it about time to have a 400 yard passing game? shit or get off our team, cassel. ****ing sick of your worthless ass.

I'd love to have an old fashioned DV "injury" that coincides with a player sucking major @$$...

10-15-2010, 09:02 AM

siberian khatru
10-15-2010, 09:13 AM
Michael Ash? You mean THE Michael Ash?

Psyko Tek
10-15-2010, 10:00 AM
Haley is being polite.

Houston's secondary is complete $3it.

However, our passing offense is complete $3it.

Their suck vs. our suck shouldn't lead us to believe we have the advantage...

jebus dude
you the word shit
or crap
or donkey droppings
or steaming monkey feces

Red Dawg
10-15-2010, 11:20 AM
They will not change anything. Cassel is not allowed to throw down the field and nor should he. They will pound the ground.