You guys, Cassel is gone. He has dishonored Pioli. He has played himself our of a job.
No one, not even someone with a massive ego who hand picked him for a job, can be under any delusion that Cassel is a franchise QB any longer. Pioli might not be good at evaluating talent in advance, but any idiot can evaluate it after the fact.
They say things like "Cassel is our QB, he grades out fine" because there is no other option. I'm sure Pioli wishes there was another option - heck they shut Cassel down with a fake injury last year to save face and they went with that washout Orton.
The point is, Cassel has endangered Pioli's job. There is no way he will be back next year.
The only question is whether or not Pioli and the rest of the reject coaching staff will be