“We did some good things” says Cassel

From Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

By the time Matt Cassel got done in the shower, dressed and met briefly with the media horde, Packers starting QB Aaron Rodgers was likely already home, in his jammies and catching up on the shows on his DVR.

That Cassel was upright and able to speak was good enough, after he left Thursday night’s pre-season game against the Packers after taking a full belly flop on his right shoulder from 340-pound DT Howard Green.

“He’s all that and more,” Cassel said with a wry smile of Green’s poundage.

The Chiefs starting QB said he just had the wind knocked out of him and there was nothing serious and no long-term problem from what happened in the second quarter.

“I could have gone back in, I wanted to go back in,” Cassel said. “Coach (Haley) decided against it.”

Cassel always wants to play, but Thursday night he got the most playing time of the pre-season and certainly the best production. He finished the game hitting 15 of 17 throws for 129 yards and a touchdown, his first of the pre-season. It was a pretty 10-yard throw to RB Dexter McCluster.

“In certain circumstances, we played well tonight,” Cassel said. “But there were too many mistakes and we can’t turn the ball over the way we did (five times). We hurt ourselves on some of those drives. That’s been something that has happened throughout the pre-season.”

After the game, both Cassel and Haley expressed no concern about his injury, and the coach agreed that his quarterback could have gone back in the game.

“He was fighting to try to get back in,” Haley said. “The plan was to play more. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to do that.”

But he was able to get some work done, and that helps in Cassel’s mind heading to the season opener against Buffalo.

“All in all, I think we moved the ball pretty efficiently, and we’ve got to continue to do that,” Cassel said. “Everything starts for real this next week and none of these pre-season stats will matter at all.

3 Responses to ““We did some good things” says Cassel”

  • September 2, 2011  - ed says:

    Cassel looked sharp thnaks to better pass protection if that can hold true all season he can have another breakout yr. I think people under value him making the pro bowl last yr and what that has done for his confidence. I think with even better receiving core 4000 yards passing and 30 plus tds is what he will have by end if the season

  • September 3, 2011  - No Victory, But Much Better Performance By Chiefs | Chiefs Football at BobGretz.com says:

    [...] SIDEBAR – Cassel make a few things happen. [...]

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