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sd4chiefs
12-29-2010, 04:29 PM
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Power Rankings: Please pass the crow, Mr. Cassel


By Pete Prisco
CBSSports.com Senior Writer Tell Pete your opinion!

Updated Dec. 29

Who has the best barbecue sauce in Kansas City?

Whoever it is, I need some. I have to put some on the crow I'm about to eat regarding the Kansas City Chiefs and quarterback Matt Cassel.

Doesn't Kansas City barbecue sauce make anything taste good? I imagine BBQ sauce in K.C. is like red sauce for my Italian family. You throw it on anything and it makes it taste good.

Crow? That could be tough, but I'll give it a try.

After all, I have to gobble down a plate of the stuff for being so wrong all season about the Chiefs, and especially Cassel.

Kansas City will be in the playoffs as AFC West champions and I really believe Cassel will get some MVP consideration. He won't win it -- that will go to Tom Brady -- but he has had a special season.

Cassel has 27 touchdown passes and five interceptions. He has been on fire in the second half of the season, even missing one start, a game Kansas City lost. Cassel was 24 of 34 for 314 yards and three touchdowns in the Chiefs' 34-14 victory over the Titans on Sunday.

I'll be honest. I wasn't sure about Cassel. In fact, I didn't see the arm strength to power the football the way NFL quarterbacks need to do. That's why I was skeptical about him as a long-term starter.

I was wrong. Cassel does what you need NFL quarterbacks to do, which is to see the field. He finds the right guy more often than not. That's more important than arm strength.

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Uncertainty about him was the reason why I kept the Chiefs down low in my initial Power Rankings, much to the chagrin of the many e-mailers from K.C. who came with the venom you would expect from East Coast fans. It made me wonder how many East Coast transplants live in Kansas City. You people can be nasty.

Chiefs coach Todd Haley deserves to be mentioned in the Coach of the Year race. I'm not sure he will win it -- and I do have a vote in the Associated Press balloting -- but he will get consideration.

At 10-5, the Chiefs are assured of having a home playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium. There's a chance I could do that game. If I do, I need to find some good barbecue sauce. Any ideas?

That crow can be tough to get down.

FringeNC
12-29-2010, 04:51 PM
Strange. I can understand having reservations about Cassel, given his performance last year. But arm strength was Prisco's biggest concern? Really? Whatever.

Sweet Daddy Hate
12-29-2010, 04:52 PM
Uncertainty about him was the reason why I kept the Chiefs down low in my initial Power Rankings, much to the chagrin of the many e-mailers from K.C. who came with the venom you would expect from East Coast fans. It made me wonder how many East Coast transplants live in Kansas City. You people can be nasty.



ROFL Planet?

chasedude
12-29-2010, 04:54 PM
ROFL Planet?

He has to be a lurker.

Detoxing
12-29-2010, 05:27 PM
If Haley doesn't win coach of the year, then who the fuck does?

I know what you'll say, belicheck, but i don't think he deserves it more than Haley. No Way.

Belicheck did some good things in NE, but he didn't do a rebuilding job like Haley has. Haley has successfully changed the culture of this team.

Gonzo
12-29-2010, 05:36 PM
Strange. I can understand having reservations about Cassel, given his performance last year. But arm strength was Prisco's biggest concern? Really? Whatever.
Really? It sure seemed like he was throwing some wobblers last year. From what I recall, his strongest throw was the one vs Cleveland when he overthrew the fucking goal post on the last play.
It sure seems to me that his arm strength has improved. I.E. that td pass to Bowe last week when he threw it between 3 defenders on 3rd and 17.
Maybe arm strength has something to do with confidence?
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Detoxing
12-29-2010, 05:37 PM
Really? It sure seemed like he was throwing some wobblers last year. From what I recall, his strongest throw was the one vs Cleveland when he overthrew the ****ing goal post on the last play.
It sure seems to me that his arm strength has improved. I.E. that td pass to Bowe last week when he threw it between 3 defenders on 3rd and 17.
Maybe arm strength has something to do with confidence?
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Has much more to do with mechanics and stepping into his throws. Charlie is fixing the QB.

LaChapelle
12-29-2010, 05:38 PM
Weis said the first thing he had to do was fix the QB
yet all the praise for Cassel goes Todd Haley's way
I wonder where the truth lays

Gonzo
12-29-2010, 05:39 PM
Has much more to do with mechanics and stepping into his throws. Charlie is fixing the QB.

Agreed.
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RINGLEADER
12-29-2010, 05:40 PM
Anyone who doubted Cassel early on was justified. Whether it was Haley/Weis opening things up or Matt just finding his groove, however, he is a completely different player the past 10 games...

311 Attempts,
193 Completions,
62.08% Completion Percentage,
2371 Yards,
23 TDs,
2 Ints,
107.54 Passer Rating
18 Sacks Taken

On Edit:

Contrast with his first four games...

106 Attempts,
58 Completions,
54.72% Completion Percentage,
650 Yards,
4 TDs,
3 Ints,
74.02 Passer Rating
3 Sacks Taken

Gonzo
12-29-2010, 05:43 PM
I'm sure a big part of it has got to be going from, "Don't lose the game Matt" to, "Go win this motherfucker, Matt."

The opening game vs. SD is a testament to that. What did he have, 85 yards? Now he's almost always good for 250+ and 2 TD's.
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Hoover
12-29-2010, 05:46 PM
Good BBQ doesn't need sauce you dumb fu@k

cabletech94
12-29-2010, 07:01 PM
i'd never wish ill towards a man.

but this is pete prisco.