Cassel’s Numbers Up … Wednesday Cup O’Chiefs

His passing yardage each week is laughable when compared to guys like Rivers, Brees, Manning and the like. Highlights of his long bombs do not dominate ESPN Sports Center on Sunday evenings, largely because the lengthy pass plays are few and far between for him.

But ever so quietly, Matt Cassel has become one of the most efficient passers in the National Football League. Over the last six games, only Baltimore’s Joe Flacco has done a better job of helping his team with his passing game than Cassel.

Since the game in Houston, through home games against Jacksonville and Buffalo, then road trips to Oakland and Denver, and finally last Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium against Arizona, Cassel has been one of the best players on the field for the Chiefs. In those six games, the Chiefs were 3-3 and their quarterback had more to do with them winning three, than he influenced the three defeats.

In those six games, he threw 14 touchdown passes against one interception, and he has a 108.9 passer rating. Only Flacco with a 113.5 passer rating was higher among quarterbacks that threw at least 100 passes in the previous six weeks.

His season long total of 18 TDs against four interceptions is bettered only by Tom Brady’s 19 TDs-four INTs. Cassel is completing 59.5 percent of his passes and averaging 7.13 yards per attempt. His per-game average this season has been 17 of 29 for 207 yards.

That’s miniscule compared to the yardage numbers being thrown up by guys like Rivers, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and Brady. He has topped 220 passing yards just twice in 10 games. His biggest passing day was 469 yards against Denver.

“For the quarterback of our team, he’s got a clear-cut job description and that’s win games,” said Chiefs head coach Todd Haley. “I think Matt’s arrow is clearly pointing up. I’ve continued to see him make strides every day.”  













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Qualification: only passers who threw 100+ passes in the last six weeks were rated.

There is no question that Cassel has improved and done it without a significant increase in weapons available to him and the offense. WR/RB Dexter McCluster is a nice addition, but he’s now missed 40 percent of the season with his ankle injury.

The Chiefs overall passing game has not been very productive for all 10 games. When he had to throw, Cassel went 33 of 53 for 469 yards against Denver in a game that the Chiefs had no chance to win.

While his arm is not carrying the Chiefs to victory, Cassel has made other contributions to the team’s record. Like his lack of giveaways. He’s thrown just four interceptions on the season and lost only one fumble. Those five giveaways are a significant reduction to last year’s number when he threw 16 interceptions and lost four fumbles.

Cassel has also done a better job of getting himself out of trouble and not taking too many killer sacks like the 42 times he went down on in the ’09 season. That’s a sack every 12.7 passing plays. This year Cassel has been sacked 15 times or once every 20.4 passing plays.

The third major way Cassel has helped the ’10 team is with his leadership; Haley says it’s been one of the keys to the 6-4 record.

“He’s a tough guy, tough-minded and he’s a great leader of his team. He’s seen more and more as one of the great leaders of his team. You couldn’t ask for more from a leader of your team. He lays it out there and he works and tries to outwork everybody.”

As the Chiefs starting quarterback over the last two seasons, Cassel carries a 10-15 record. He’s 6-7 at Arrowhead Stadium and 4-8 on the road.

“We need to do what must be done to win games, especially on the road,” Cassel said. “We have to go out and learn to win on the road.”

If the Chiefs can do that, the numbers for Cassel will continue to go up and stay in the upper reaches of the league’s quarterbacks.


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  • BENGALS – placed DT Tank Johnson on the injured-reserve list (knee) ending his season; signed CB Fred Bennett.
  • BILLS – released OT Cornell Green with an injury settlement.
  • BROWNS – signed LB Eric Alexander, formerly with the Patriots; placed LB Blake Costanzo on the injured-reserve list (groin) ending his season.
  • BUCCANEERS – release DT Ryan Sims.
  • CARDINALS – released RB Alfonso Smith; re-signed WR Max Komar.
  • CHARGERS – activated WR Vincent Jackson from reserve/exempt list; released K Kris Brown.
  • COLTS – signed S Al Afalava; placed S Chip Vaughn on the injured-reserve list (ankle) ending his season.
  • EAGLES – signed CB Brandon Hughes off the Giants practice squad.
  • GIANTS – signed WR Michael Clayton, lost with the Buccaneers.
  • LIONS – signed G Donald Thomas; released LB Caleb Campbell.
  • PANTHERS – released WR Devin Thomas; signed S Gerald Alexander, last with the Jaguars.
  • REDSKINS – signed DB Macho Harris, last with Eagles; signed OL Jacob Bender.
  • SAINTS – placed LB Stanley Arnoux on the injured-reserve list (Achilles) ending his season; signed QB Sean Canfield off their practice squad.
  • SEAHAWKS – signed OT William Robinson off the Redskins practice squad, Signed DL Amon Gordon; released DL E.J. Wilson and OL Allen Barbre.
  • TITANS – signed QB Chris Simms; activated LB David Thornton from the reserve/PUP list; released G Ryan Durand.

14 Responses to “Cassel’s Numbers Up … Wednesday Cup O’Chiefs”

  • November 24, 2010  - Edward says:

    Cassel has done good job silencing some of his critics from media to fans who said this guy couldn’t cut it. I’m not one to jump on the bandwagon after the fact I’ve always felt this guy could lead this team and not just be coming along for the ride. He’ll continue to play at a high level now that he has Bowe emerging as #1 receiving threat something he didn’t have early on this season. Now its up to guys like Tucker to emerge as #2 receiving threat along with Mcluster and Moeaki getting healthy we should have a preety explosive passing attack to go with a dominant run game. That kind of balance can make this offense very dangerous. So while Mcluster is out its critical Weis tries to find ways to get Tucker more involved in passing game to develop this guy confidence. I said earlier in the yr I’d rather see Tucker or Horne call up from practice squad and getting reps at receiver than to have Chambers out there who has no upside doing nothing. Whereas with guys like Tucker and Horne can develop and get better.

  • November 24, 2010  - tuan says:

    I agreed with Edward about Chamber!!! he’s can’t
    get open any more, can’t catch and can’t play special team, he’s just taking up a roster spot right now. I rather see the young guy get the change to see what we got in them and that will help us come the next draft.CHAMBER IS DONE they need to move on without him….

  • November 24, 2010  - RW says:

    Overall, Cassel and the team have improved over the 2009 edition but the only direction they could go was up. Not being a naysayer because the 6-4 record at this point far exceeds my pre-season expectations but I agree with Haley in that this is not good team. A fair team perhaps but not good.

    Cassel taking care of the ball cannot be minimized. Better to have a guy like this than a gun slinger type throwing it up for grabs and suffering from 2-3 picks/game. (Favre comes to mind?) Still, I want more but given the overall talent level of the current crop of receivers, wanting more and getting it are not that realistic.

  • November 24, 2010  - el cid says:

    Nice to be right, Ed. But I think Cassel is a manager of the game. If a choice were available a prefer a QB who, when necessary, can carry a team on his back. To date Cassel is more of a part, that keeps it all working no the leadpart. As for Bowe, outstanding game, but one game only. You have to turn the corner and I need a few more games to think Bowe is anything more than what he has shown in the past. Tucker has done a nice job replacing Chambers but Horne is on the practice squad, maybe next year.

    Interesting how full of wonder we were about Chambers last year and now he is done. Probably something in the middle is true. We will say goodby at the end of the year. The old curse of the Hunts do not waste money, so we keep him until the end.

  • November 24, 2010  - matt says:

    el cid… ASfor bowe.. it has been more than one game for him.. he has had at least 6 if not 8 good games this year.. I think he has turned the one game corner

  • November 24, 2010  - matt says:

    Tampa cut Ryan Sims

  • November 24, 2010  - gorillafan says:

    As for Chambers, I didnt really care for him last year, he looked slow to me, but was catching some balls. Tucker has shown some skill, I think he needs to get full reps for the rest of the year to see what he can do and to be able to evaluate him better after the season is over.

    I think Bowe is starting to come around and listening to Haley like Fitzgerald finally did, now Fitzgerald praises him, I think Bowe is starting to do the same.

    As for Cassel, I like him. HEs not great, and may never be, But as long as we can win I dont care. There are ALOT if qb’s in this league worse than him. You never know too, with our line blocking better and we are seeing a receiving core come around, I think he could be a good qb thats puts up some numbers like the other “greats” in the league

  • November 24, 2010  - el cid says:

    I did not get it right, matt. Bowe has always had stats but he also had major mental lapses or hands of stone. Last week, he was close to perfect. That is the corner I want. I want him to be the “go to” guy. Last sunday he was but I want that for several games over a period of time.

  • November 24, 2010  - Tim says:

    Of course Cassel is better & more efficient! The game plans are being constructed that way. He still has a long way to go to see if he can continue to develop or he’s as good as he’s going to get. We’ll know by season’s end. He doesn’t see the field nearly as well as he should & misses many opportunities. Can he get better with deliberate & continued instruction from Weis? We’ll only find out when we really have to use the passing game AND we have a legit deep threat opposite Bowe. That person isn’t on the roster at this time.

  • November 24, 2010  - napahank says:

    I am sooo tired of pundits labeling qb’s as “great” and using their OWN set of standards to do so. Why don’t we simply understand that a qb who is “great” for one team might be “lousy” for another.

    For example, if a qb has a poor running game behind him and/or has a poor defense then that qb is going to have to be a big risk taker to compensate.

    If on the other hand, a qb has a solid running game and solid defense then that teams “great” qb is one who manages HIS part well and doesn’t lose the game for you ala Matt Cassel.

    So in my opinion Matt Cassel is a “great” qb…for the KC Chiefs.

  • November 24, 2010  - Kiowa says:

    I am for sure one of the many on this site to bash Cassel the last year and a half but not much you can say bad about him right now. To nothave any interceptions while airing it out like crazy against the Donkeys does show he is throwing it better. I also think Weis has to let him toss it a bit more earlier in games instead of only late in every game.

    And as for Bowe, the guy is leading the league in TDs and quickly catching the top guys for yardage so why are people still dissing the guy? He is and will be fine from now on I believe. Having trained in the offseason with Fitzgerald has to have helped! I just think he starts really slow and gets better as a season goes on. It even looks like he has changed his body and is somewhat quicker.

  • November 24, 2010  - Rick says:

    At the beginning of the year I put up Trent Green’s stats and Cassell’s stats for the first year. Look at the weapons Green had and look at the weapons Cassell has and I think you could say Cassell is doing very well. Does anyone think if Gonzales was still the tight end Cassell would be having a great year this year? I am happy with the offense. We will need a strong running game when December weather comes around.

  • November 24, 2010  - Edward says:

    If you don’t think Cassel can carry a team el cid go watch the tape in New England. The wasn’t a running team when he was there. Problem is he doesn’t have enough Dwayne Bowe’s here to do that. Once we add or develop more talent at the receiver position you’ll see him be able to carry the team. Which I would rather him not. I’d rather it be a fine balance with both run and pass then a carry the team guy because those guys put up stats but don’t win championships. Alah Peyton Manning and Phillip Rivers. I know Manning has won ring but it was win they were a more balanced team that not winning anything being one dimentional. So its not about him being able to win games with his arm he did that with the Pats. If the ultimate goal is to win championships then we just need to get more balanced and I think with the emergence of Bowe and adding or developing a few more talented receivers will have that in Kc.

    As for Bowe he’s had more than one good game and he has had good stats in the past but nothing like what he is on pace for this season. Secondly like Haley said its starting to matter because he’s doing it on a good team. Better yet he’s putting up big numbers on a team that predominantly runs the football which speaks volume to how far this guy has come as a player. If he continues he’ll be in pro-bowl. Which shows he has arrived and on a Haley team I think we can expect this from here on out.

  • November 24, 2010  - robotfighter says:

    They are trying to pad Cassel’s stats and doing a pretty good job of it just like DV padded Trent’s stats. The difference is that Cassel is better than Trent. The difference is YAC. Very rarely did you ever see any receiver other than Priest Holmes or Larry Johnson take a Trent Green pass and make a bunch of yardage after the catch.

    I’d give Trent the edge in intangibles like reading defenses, leadership and being the guy I’d like my daughter to marry; but Cassel seems to hit his receiver’s in stride a little more often.

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