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Matt Cassel: One-Hit Wonder?

Sure he led the New England Patriots to a surprising 11-5 record filling in for Tom Brady, but will Matt Cassel be as effective as the starting quarterback in Kansas City?

Posted by Emil Steiner on March 2, 2009 6:00 AM
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DCScribe1: Does anybody remember Scott Mitchell? He once stood where Matt Cassel now stands--free agency winner/incumbent franchise savior. Only thing ...

joshied99: Honestly, I think Cassel is going to go above and beyond how well he did in New England. Its the right situation where its not going to be ...

jerkhoff: Matt Cassel is a legitimate NFL quarterback, as KC fans will see next year. Her was MORE than competent in replacing Brady, and his field s...

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delOH Author Profile Page :

Only time will tell, but the story here isn't Cassel, but the trade of he AND Vrabel for a 2nd round pick? Really? Somewhere Romeo must be wondering where a trade like that was for him in Cleveland! There had to be better offers on the table for those two players, had to be.

pgustav Author Profile Page :

Cassel in KC. Don't see it working out there. He's no Joe Montana. And very few quarterbacks come out on looking rosy in KC. Just look at their history. 31 quarterbacks have started for the chiefs since in their entry in the league in 1960. That equates to a new starting quarterback every year and half. The notable players have been Len Dawson, Trent Green, Bill Keeney, Joe Montana, and a 44 year old Warren Moon. In 1983 they had a shot a drafting Jim Kelly and Dan Marino, but instead chose Todd Blackledge, whom never started a full season. In 1987 they had five different starting quarterbacks. In 1997, they choose to bench a hot Rich Gannon in favor of Elvis Grbac in their playoff run only to lose the game. A year later they released Gannon who later ended up taking the Raiders to the Super Bowl. This past year they had three starting quarterbacks. My expectation is Cassel won’t be King for long. In three years, he’ll be playing for another team, likely as a backup.

DCScribe1 Author Profile Page :

Does anybody remember Scott Mitchell? He once stood where Matt Cassel now stands--free agency winner/incumbent franchise savior. Only thing is, Mitchell joined the Detroit Lions and couldn't change their culture of losing.In K.C. Cassel has a much better chance to win with established work-horse Larry Johnson in the backfield, Ultra TE, Tony Gonzalez, and young star WR David Bowe. Plus K.C. has a top 5 draft pick. Cassel should actually do well.

joshied99 Author Profile Page :

Honestly, I think Cassel is going to go above and beyond how well he did in New England. Its the right situation where its not going to be totally foreign to him in KC since their GM is someone he was close to. I really think the losers in this deal is going to be the Patriots. I really don't believe Brady is going to ever be in top form again, maybe not even close and really I expect only a few more years left, given no further injuries to his knee. Patriots are going to be kicking themselves for this for a long time. Knowing this all depends on who they get with their miserable 39th overall pick. Will completely depend on who that is and if they make any big plays at all. The Patriots are only as good as Brady plays, and had Cassel as hope to keep alive if anything happened to him. I mean right now they have o'Connell? Thats a huge disappointment. I am shocked they are putting all their eggs in one basket with everything riding on Brady's health. Thats crazy. I really think this should be a wake up call to Patriots fans, whom usually think they are invincible and really did when Brady went down and they had the magic of Cassel to keep this going. Now they don't. I wouldn't want to be Kraft when this all backfires, and I mean soon since I truly believe Brady's haydays are gone.................and with them the Patriots...............

jerkhoff Author Profile Page :

Matt Cassel is a legitimate NFL quarterback, as KC fans will see next year. Her was MORE than competent in replacing Brady, and his field sense increased dramatically over the course of the year.

Those who see the trade as one-sided are missing something here. Getting Cassel and Vrabel for a high 2nd round pick sounds like a great deal for KC, but that doesn't mean it's a bad deal for NE. The Pats had only two options: let Cassel walk as a free agent with ZERO compensation, or franchise him and trade him. There was no way they could keep a 14.6 million-dollar-backup on the team, and he had limited trade value since only a couple of teams were willing to deal for him (several teams are going to look very foolish next year for passing up on Cassel).

I hate to lose Matt Cassel, but he was gone anyway, and the Pats got more than zero for him and kept him out of the division, so in the end it looks like they made a good decision in franchising him. The real question is whether losing Mike Vrabel is worth the pick we got for him, and on this question, only time will tell.

Oh, and Tom Brady will be back on the field in September, and he will be better than ever...

 
 
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