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Report: Cards researching Cassel

Posted by Chris Brown on March 1, 2013 – 9:52 am

First, it was ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Now NFL Network’s Ian Rapaport is reporting that the Arizona Cardinals are doing their due diligence on Kansas City QB Matt Cassel, knowing it’s likely he’ll be moved out with the pending trade of Alex Smith from the 49ers to the Chiefs.

Appearing on NFL Network’s Total Access, Rapoport said Arizona is interested in bringing Cassel in and pairing him with Kevin Kolb in what would be a quarterback competition. He also mentioned the Minnesota Vikings as a possible landing spot for Cassel as the Vikings are reportedly looking for someone to push Christian Ponder.

Cassel has just an average arm and doesn’t appear to be a good fit for Bruce Arians offense in Arizona. He also has been a turnover machine with 30 in his last 18 games.

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Cards interested in Cassel?

Posted by Chris Brown on February 27, 2013 – 2:45 pm

The NFL trade winds are blowing and after the trade between the 49ers and Chiefs for Alex Smith, rumors are swirling that Matt Cassel could be the next QB on the move.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that the Arizona Cardinals could be interested in acquiring Matt Cassel from the Chiefs.

Cardinals new head coach Bruce Arians would have to change his passing scheme, which does have a reliance on the deep ball knowing Cassel’s arm is average at best. Cassel has also turned the ball over 30 times in his last 18 starts. Still, he might be a better option than what Arizona has right now at that position.

If the Cardinals make a move to acquire a veteran signal caller it would remove yet another quarterback needy team as a threat ahead of the Bills in this year’s draft with Kansas City acquiring Alex Smith. Arizona picks seventh overall, one spot ahead of Buffalo.


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Cassel says revenge not a factor for Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on September 13, 2012 – 12:45 pm

Last year the Bills embarrassed the Chiefs in their home opener in Kansas City in a 41-7 drubbing. So will the Chiefs be using it at added incentive to return the favor in Buffalo in Week 2? Chiefs QB Matt Cassel says they won’t.

“Not at all,” said Cassel. “Every year is different, and we have a completely different team than what we had last year. Last year was last year, and they did a great job coming in here, but their team is different and we’re different and now its about going out and competing this year.”

It’s hard to believe that the Chiefs won’t be recalling that game as they take the field on Sunday with an opportunity to ruin Buffalo’s home opener. Rest assured with a pair of 0-1 clubs facing each other at Ralph Wilson Stadium and neither wanting to go 0-2 the game will be a physical one.

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Mayock on Fitz and Cassel as NFL QBs

Posted by Chris Brown on September 11, 2012 – 3:31 pm

NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock appearing on a national conference call was asked specifically about Ryan Fitzpatrick and Chiefs QB Matt Cassel, who will square off against one another this Sunday in Buffalo. Knowing one of them is going to be 0-2 after this weekend’s game, he was asked what is realistic to expect from these two signal callers.

“We spend so much time talking about what a quarterback‑driven league this is,” said Mayock. “When I look at this league, there are 32 teams and I see seven franchise quarterbacks today, and I see another four or five beyond that that I would take in a heartbeat that I think, either because of injury or not being with the right team or whatever, aren’t quite there yet but could be franchise quarterbacks.

“And then after that there’s a group of four or five quarterbacks of which I think Cassel and Fitzpatrick fit in, where I look at them and say, ‘If you can complement them with a run game and a defense and special teams, they’re capable of winning enough games to be a playoff quarterback.’  And I really believe that both those guys fit into that, but they’re not going to be Tom Brady or Peyton Manning and stand at the line of scrimmage in a no‑huddle and just will their team to victory because of their talent, ability and intelligence.

“I really believe that both the guys you’re talking about are good enough to win with, good enough to get in the playoffs with, but you’ve got to surround them with some pretty good people.”

Knowing both quarterbacks are facing a lot of fan criticism after their team’s lopsided losses in Week 1, Mayock was then asked about how much rope he thinks they’ll be given.

“Well, I think it’s way too early, and I tell people all the time, it’s a marathon and not a sprint,” said Mayock. “We’ve got some tape on those two quarterbacks over the last few years, but I don’t think Matt Cassel in particular played with a full deck last year with all the injuries surrounding his key people, so I would say take a step back and let’s let both those teams get through four or five games and we’ll start to figure out what they really are going to be, what their identity is. It’s way too early to panic right now, and I know we’re a knee‑jerk reaction society, but we’ve got to have some patience.” 

Mayock will be part of the broadcast team that does Buffalo’s November 15th Thursday night game against Miami at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

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Chiefs expect Cassel to play

Posted by Chris Brown on September 7, 2011 – 11:42 am

There was some doubt early in the week that Chiefs starting QB Matt Cassel would be able to play after suffering a rib injury in Kansas City’s final preseason game. But Chiefs head coach Todd Haley fully expects him to play Sunday.

“He was out there Monday and I full expect him to practice today (Wednesday) and I would expect him to be ready for the game and I think that’s his expectation,” said Haley.

There were reports out of Kansas City early this week that he sustained a cracked rib after Green Bay DT Howard Green landed on him with his full body weight in that preseason finale last week.

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Cassel practiced fully

Posted by Chris Brown on September 6, 2011 – 9:11 am

Chiefs starting QB Matt Cassel not only participated in practice Monday, he was a full participant.

That according to the team’s website. Here’s Chiefs head coach Todd Haley’s two responses when asked about Matt Cassel following the team’s Monday practice.

Q: Will Cassel play against Buffalo?

HALEY: “Again, I won’t talk about any of those things. He was out there, he practiced, he was moving around and I thought did a good job.”

Q: Was he a full participant in practice?

HALEY: “Yeah, he was full. I mean we don’t have to get to that, but I’ll… Since I’m so nice, I’ll say yeah, he was a full practice today.”

Cassel reportedly has a cracked rib suffered in the team’s preseason finale against Green Bay.

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Bills preparing for Cassel

Posted by Chris Brown on September 5, 2011 – 3:38 pm

Even though Chiefs QB Matt Cassel has a rib injury, the coaching staff and Buffalo’s players are preparing for Sunday’s game with Cassel in Kansas City’s lineup.

“We don’t know anything for sure until Wednesday,” said head coach Chan Gailey. “We get an injury report Wednesday and we’re going to work like Matt is playing and assume that until we hear otherwise.”

Cassel reportedly practiced on Monday with his Chiefs teammates.

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Report: Cassel practicing

Posted by Chris Brown on September 5, 2011 – 1:48 pm

Chiefs QB Matt Cassel, who sustained a rib injury in team’s final preseason game is reportedly practicing today (Monday).

According to the Kansas City Star, Cassel is on the practice field and took the first few snaps under center and threw a handful of passes during the media viewing portion of practice.

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Cassel starting status for Sun.

Posted by Chris Brown on December 7, 2009 – 9:23 am

Chiefs QB Matt Cassel was benched in the third quarter of Kansas City’s humbling 44-13 loss at the hands of the Broncos Sunday.

After the game head coach Todd Haley was asked if Cassel is still the starter. Haley confirmed that he was and will start this week against the Bills.

“I’m very confident in Matt,” Haley said. “Our first series we had a chance to make a huge play on third down. I thought that Matt prepared and was ready to go. The game didn’t go the way he or we wanted it to go and then we let some negative things happen.”

Cassel was 10-29 for 84 yards and a pair of interceptions.

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Cassel deal will be jumping off point for Edwards

Posted by Chris Brown on July 15, 2009 – 3:04 pm

Matt Cassel’s new deal (6-$63M-$28M guaranteed) with the Chiefs naturally impacts the quarterback contract market in the NFL, but his breakout year last season could be used as a parallel for Trent Edwards.

Edwards is entering the third year of a four-year rookie deal. He’s the unquestioned starter, but outside the organization fans still hope, more than know, he’s the long term answer for the Bills.

If Edwards puts up a monster year in 2009, it’s not unrealistic to assume that he could command Matt Cassel money. Cassel had no NFL resume until 2008. To his credit he took advantage of it. Provided Edwards does the same this season it would be difficult to deny him similar money.

And that’s big time cash. Cassel is going to pocket $40.5M over the first three years in the deal.

Some might think it’s better to sign Edwards to an extension right now, knowing the cost would only be higher after a big statistical year and presumably after Jay Cutler is signed to an extension by the Bears, which will only drive QB cost up further.

But the Bills are in a tough spot. In an ideal world, even though the organization believes strongly in Edwards’ ability, you’d think they’d still like to see him put up the big year before rewarding him with a long term contract.

Where do you stand? Extension now or after a big year when costs are only going to be higher?

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Jets could make move for QB Campbell

Posted by Chris Brown on April 24, 2009 – 2:26 pm

If Redskins owner Dan Snyder makes the moves necessary to land USC QB Mark Sanchez, the Jets may make the next move and take Washington’s cast off signal caller off their hands.

According to the Washington Times, the Jets have expressed interest in acquiring Campbell as they look to secure a more talented or more proven option at QB.

Campbell would certainly be a better option than Clemens, Ratliff or Ainge. What it would take to get him is the big question.

I’m thinking a second-rounder in light of what Matt Cassel went for.

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Cassel to KC?

Posted by Chris Brown on February 3, 2009 – 3:02 pm

Warm up the rumor mill as several Boston papers and now the Kansas City Star is speculating on the likelihood of Cassel winding up with the Chiefs.

Obviously with former New England front office man Scott Pioli running the Chiefs, everyone is trying to connect the dots.

If it does happen the only thing I don’t like is that the Patriots would likely wind up with KC’s top pick, giving New England two picks in the first round… again, with the third and 23rd selections.

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