Originally Posted by Phobia
Cassel probably wasn't the worst decision in the world. Clearly he put together a strong 2010 in terms of statistics. But when it's so clearly not working, pull the plug. Obviously the last 2 or 3 coaches and coordinators haven't believed in Cassel based on the leash imposed. Equally obvious is the direction from the top dog that he plays or else. I think that's the crux of the matter. Dude won't come off his $60,000,000 bet.
Yeah, that is a major problem IMHO. Not keeping Orton made no sense to me. Some might say he was worried about creating a QB controversy, and I get that, but if your QB doesn't have the confidence in himself to raise his play in the face of competition for the job, then he probably isn't the right guy anyway!
If Pioli intentionally engineered it as "Cassel or Moe, Larry or Curly", then that's a big strike against him IMHO. I have no idea what Orton was looking for, or what other backup options there were, but that would definitely not fly in my book if he did that on purpose.