Cassel’s Season Maybe Over

QB Matt Cassel’s injured right hand will require surgery and his status for the rest of the Chiefs 2011 season is in serious jeopardy.

“Matt has a fairly significant injury to his throwing hand,” head coach Todd Haley told the media on Monday afternoon. “It’s being evaluated as we speak but it appears he’ll probably have to have surgery of some type to get it corrected.

“There is some optimism, but him being a quarterback and throwing the ball with that hand, that’s a difficult injury.”

Haley said it’s a possible that Cassel will be placed on the injured-reserve list, but said “I wouldn’t say it’s an absolute.”

The head coach would not say whether the Chiefs plan to bring in another quarterback this week. “It’s been a fluid situation and we are trying to get a full evaluation in what direction we are going,” Haley said. “We are not there yet.”

Cassel suffered the injury in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s loss to Denver. Both the head coach and the quarterback have said they do not know what caused the injury and review of the tape did not show a moment when it occurred.

Whether he plays again or not this season, it’s obvious that Cassel will not be on the field next Monday night against the Patriots in New England. That pushes Tyler Palko into the starting lineup. It would be his first NFL start.

“We feel good about Tyler, or he wouldn’t be our No. 2,” Haley said. “I have belief in Tyler. In his case there is not a lot of regular season action to go on. But he’s done a great job since he’s been here of developing and getting better. He has a great understanding of how our offense works and his role in it.

“I’m optimistic.”


26 Responses to “Cassel’s Season Maybe Over”

  • November 14, 2011  - el cid says:

    Be careful what you ask for, you may get it.

    All the Cassel bashers will watch the monday nite game to the bitter end and be satisfied with the humilation heaped on the Chiefs. I am not a Cassel fan, special thanks to that idiot Pioli, but what did the rest of us do to deserve Palko?

    This tunnel gets darker and darker.


  • November 14, 2011  - Tenand6 says:

    The Chiefs need to see what they have in Palko and Stanzi. The season may be one of those where you prepare for the next. The next five games aren’t necessarily where you want to look at rookies, but by season’s end, I hope we know more about Rodney Hudson, Ricky Stanz and Powe.

    It will be interesting to see how the offense looks going forward. I wouldn’t be surprised to see more production and I wouldn’t be surprised to see less. I am looking forward to seeing how this plays out. I don’t dislike Cassel, I just would like to see how the other two fit into the Chiefs plans.

    As an example, I assume Jackie Battle will make the team next year as a legitimate running back option. Hope we have a few more pleasant surprises.


  • November 14, 2011  - el cid says:

    I would not be surprised if the Chiefs got their rears kicked all over the field and in all phases of the game. On national tv even.

    Next year the Chiefs will disappear from any national games, no MNF, no nothing. Next year we, unfortunate few, may have to deal with a new HC who will take a year to evaluate what is on the team. A minimum of new at least one new coordinator. Or how about a new QB who will need 3 fing years to develope. What the heck throw in a new OL and give it 10 to just learn how to work together. Everything is up to date in Kansas City and sucks to be a fan of the Hunt Chiefs and scotty pioli.


  • November 14, 2011  - BigJimInWisconsin says:

    Forget the over-hyped Luck. We should draft QB Wilson at Wisconsin and his O-line.

    Go CHIEFS!
    from a long-suffering fan of 42 years


  • November 14, 2011  - ED J says:

    This sucks. I actually got to watched the game late yesterday night and the o-line once again is the culprit for this mess. Seriously how can Haley justify starting Richardson again after that performance in which he got Cassel killed. He played horrible. No way should he even be on team next yr. How long have we been saying right tackle is an issue on this team. Gaither what ever level of health he’s at is better than anything Richardson been given since he’s been here. Wiegman played awful as well. Haley said vets still need to show they can play and Wiegman can’t anymore. I don’t even no who plays def tackle for Broncos but whoever it is he made Wiegman look like high school player. Hudson needs to start its time to go with younger and more upcoming guy.

    As for QB situation. This good time to see what we have in Stanzi. Why waste anytime seeing what we have in Palko. Everyone knows at best he’s career backup. He looked horrible in preseason. So why waste a month to watch him play horrible only to put Stanzi in there last 2-3 games of season. This good opportunity to find out whether we got QB of future in house. Versus wasting time doing the inevitable which is eventually playing Stanzi anyways.


  • November 14, 2011  - Fleaflicker34 says:

    If they make you that unhappy el cid why not just go away. All you do is whine and complain, find a hobby that won’t ruin your day if things don’t go the way you want them too


  • November 14, 2011  - TDKC says:

    I think Palko may actually have a better arm. Cassel is a great team player and leader. He just needs the team around him to be better before he can get to the next level.

    Cassel has to put his whole body into throws. Palko looks like he is just flipping it out there. Maybe he can get it to the receivers while they are still open. maybe.

    This is just about the end of my optimism. The glass is half empty.


  • November 14, 2011  - Josh says:

    No offense to the man Matt Cassel, but to the quarterback Matt Cassel, this is a blessing that’s been sought since he was signed. Hopefully this is career-ending, and he can now coach other non-starters in prep and college how to coat-tail their way to an eight figure contract. No down-field vision, no accuracy, and inconsistent leadership. About the only time we saw him get into the game was when he couldn’t hear the play on his headset.
    I have little hope for this season, but I am a die-hard Chiefs fan, and would love to see them rise from mediocrity in my lifetime. Let’s do some damn research, draft a middle-round quarterback that can win games (saving our first through third rounds for linemen), and build a team for the future.


  • November 14, 2011  - ED J says:

    Well this injury could possibly be career ending to CAssel. I mean with him in there its not like he sat our pass offense on fire we’re ranked like 27th in the league. To me if Palko or Stanzi plays better or at the same level as Cassel did its a huge indiament that Cassel may not deserve to come back next yr. I mean if you can get same production from rookie or journeyman QB as you can from your starter why bring back a guy with 60million QB.. This going to be very interesting next 6 weeks.


  • November 14, 2011  - el cid says:

    Isn’t Cassel an Pioli guy? Even if Haley goes in the near future, Cassel stays, I doubt the Hunts waste any dead money left in the contract.


  • November 14, 2011  - johnfromfairfax says:

    Wow! you guys should all be running your own franchise. Switch coaches, General Manager and quarterbacks and everything will be okay. This is devastating news regarding our chances to become competitive this year. Cassel may be a work in progress but he’s far and away the best quarterback we have. Watching what happened to him behind the makeshift line somebody (Pioli, Haley, Hunt?) gave us was painful. Did you guys watch Peyton Manning and Troy Aikman play in their first couple years? They looked like they might never be a good quarterback in the NFL. What do you think is going to happen to Palko and Stanzi with the handicaps we have going forward. Putting Stanzi in to see what we have is a good way to ruin any future he might have. This is the NFL not college or high school. The guys that have been successful from day one are few and far between and have come into ideal situations with good teams and tremendous skills to start with. But then what do I know. You guys have quarterbacked and coached in the NFL, right? You’re about to get your wish and what you’re condemning El Cid for saying may very well happen and grant some of you your additional wishes. If it does get used to rebuilding year after year. Focus your anger on the owner and GM who put the players we have (or more appropriately don’t have) on the team and field. I love the Chiefs and will continue rooting for them through thick and thin but this year just seems to get more and more painful as it goes along. .


  • November 14, 2011  - cychief24 says:

    Josh-
    The fact that you “sought since he was signed. Hopefully this is career-ending” on a public website for any person speaks of your personal character and integrity.

    The fact that you “sought since he was signed. Hopefully this is career-ending” of any Kansas City Chief speaks of the level of your support for the Chiefs.

    I wish Bob had an ignore button for his subscribers.


  • November 14, 2011  - napahank says:

    Once Charles went down (to join Berry and Moeaki) I considered this a “check out some new guys” and “get ready for next year” season.

    Then came the mediocre performance of the AFC West and I decided to hope for maybe winning the division (albiet annihilation in the playoffs).

    Now we should go full bore with experimenting with young guys and play calling. I like Matt a lot; however, this may ultimately force the Chiefs to prepare for next season…while giving cover to Haley.


  • November 14, 2011  - cychief24 says:

    It must be tough for you TV watching Chiefs “followers.”
    As a 34 year Season Ticket Holder let me help you boys out with your short term memories.
    Last year we (sorry Chiefs to you followers) won the AFC West. We had Moeaki, Charles, Berry, Waters, Smith, and Vrabel. We had a barely serviceable Weigmann until he slipped severely the last 3 games at 36. Lilja was also serviceable. Richardson was below average. Charlie Weis ran the offense himself and Muir was on the field making in game O-line adjustments. In that situation Matt Cassel had a Pro Bowl year with 27 TD and 7 Int and 10 wins.
    This year we had 3 major injuries to 3 of our top players. Weigmann got old as he showed the last 3 games in 2010. Lilja missed most of the short pre-season and hasn’t been effective. Pioli let Waters go when he has shown with NE has still had one more year in his tank. Richardson has become quite simply the worst OT I have seen in 34 years (yes even worse than Jared Black). Albert’s play has slipped. Asamoah shows physical potential but misses assignments.
    IMO, Vrabel retiring along with Pioli letting Waters and Smith go was a body blow to the team chemistry. In addition the 3 headed monster calling plays has been a train wreck.
    Cassel has proven he is a playoff caliber QB when surrounded by a good solid situation, much like Trent Green was.
    One more thing…I live in Des Moines so I am very familiar with Stanzi. He led a Senior dominated Iowa team that was predicted to challenge for the Big ten title to a 7-5 record. He is a flake who liked to “have a good time” according to several of my former players in Iowa City. You don’t see it on TV but he hangs with Succop and Colquitt during the game and seems disinterested. Palko at least in highly involved with the game and offensive meetings. If he does play, I’ll cheer for him because he’s a Chief. But don’t get your hopes up. There’s a reason he sunk to the 5th round.
    The real problem is Hunt/Pioli allowing us to stay $30 million under the cap.


  • November 14, 2011  - Kenny says:

    Hopefully this injury isn’t career threatening. I really like Matt’s story and attitude. Good Luck in your recovery Matt. See you next year.

    On the bright side, Zorn had plenty of complimentary things to say about Palko. He may not be ready for prime time but he’ll never be if he isn’t given the chance. Great opportunity for the young guy and I hope he makes the most of it.


  • November 15, 2011  - Josh says:

    cychief24 – Everyone is entitled to his opinion, despite how wrong it may be. A true Chiefs fan supports the team, not the individual player. A player who is clearly a detractor from the success of the club should be benched or waived. Bob is giving a voice to all fans who strongly wish for the Chiefs to improve (and in your case, those who don’t), and any opportunity to voice my displeasure with Cassel’s performance will be capitalized on. Thanks again, Bob. This venue is greatly appreciated.


  • November 15, 2011  - Chuck says:

    Haley was quoted as saying,”I’m optimistic”. Well that makes one of us.


  • November 15, 2011  - ED J says:

    Why do some of you believe allwoing Stanzi to play is going to be bad thing. Look around the league wake up. Cam Newton is playing well. So is Andy Dalton. Even Christian Ponder. Blaine Gabbert has had his moments. So if you drafted guy to some day take over the reigns he can’t learn riding the bench. Put him in there. Especially when his peeers are succeding as well. I mean Cam is in there playing with a team that won 1 game last yr. To me play Palko for a little while if you want but at some point we need to find out is Stanzi the guy. All this wait 2 or 3 yrs this ain’t our grandfather’s NFL anymore. Teams aren’t doing that. Colt Mcoy late round pick started his 1st 2 games against Steelers and Pats. And who is willing to challenge me that they have or had at time better team than us.

    Bottom line is guys lets let kid get some experience. Like I said Its not like Cassel had this unbelievable passing game. To me if Stanzi gets in there plays at same level or possibly better it might be time organization move on to someone else. Cassel supporters will tell me he gave us best chance to win. Well we’re about to find out.

    Lastly cychief I don’t care who in the heck Stanzi hangs out with. And he was 3rd string QB who wasn’t going to play on Sundays why would he be as involved in game as Palko when he’s backup. Gurantee since he’ll be suiting up on Sundays he’ll be involved. But please leave the rumors abou this guy personality off hear. This ain’t reality show for women. Could care less who he hangs with as long as he can play QB at high level.


  • November 15, 2011  - Niblick says:

    I’m pretty sure there is litlle dead money left on Cassell. He only had 29MM guaranteed and I think most of it has been paid. That isn’t the issue. There are three No 1 QB prospects besides Luck. Landry Jones, Barkley from USC, and Griffin from Baylor. I’m no expert so perhaps some of you who follow the college game can comment on who you feel is the best fit for the Chiefs. Some of them will be available when we draft in the 8 to 10 range in the first round. Who do some of you like. All 1st round pick salaries are set by the new CBA so money is not a factor.


  • November 15, 2011  - ED J says:

    And guys don’t say you hope Cassel injury is career ending that’s not right. I know its not but some of you wishing that on him is wrong. Bottom line we’re about see how offense looks without him and if someone like Palko which i doubt or Stanzi grabs the reigns and look good playing at the position then couldn’t see how you can pay Cassel big money if pass offense is more productive without him than with him. Like I said we’re about to see how valuable he is to the team on the field.


  • November 15, 2011  - txchief says:

    Palko looked better on the one short drive at the end of the game than Cassel has all year.

    I’m sorry to har about Cassel’s injury, and I wish him a full recovery. However, It is time to give Palko (and especially Stanzi) some playing time to evaluate what they have for next season. The Chiefs are out of the Andrew Luck sweepstakes, so they better be scouting other QBs heavily.

    I think everyone knows that the Cassel and Haley experiment is over after this season. Many want to blame the GM, but a GM needs more than three years to build a team. Haley has demonstrated that he cannot prepare a team for game day, work with an offensive coordiator or maximize the talent he has on the team. Cassel is a nice person, but he lacks the talent and instincts of a franchise QB.


  • November 15, 2011  - Niblick says:

    Josh-I would never wish a career ending injury on any player. Even if you think Cassell is horrible, why would you wish he has a career ending injury. He can be cut or waived. I’m a 45 year fan of the Chiefs. I pull for the team but I never wish a career ending injury on any player.

    You are correct. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. There is no wrong opinion.


  • November 15, 2011  - Josh says:

    Great question, Niblick. If I thought Pioli and the front office were capable of shedding Cassel without an injury, I wouldn’t wish it. He’s had his shot, and did nothing with it. If he won’t volunteer to leave, and his management doesn’t see fit to excise him, then the only solution, despite how hard it might be, would be for him to go out broken. You’re absolutely right. If I thought Pioli et al would make the right decision, I would hope Cassel would have a great career in the CFL or a similar league in which his capabilities are more suited. Heck, he could go play for Denver. My point is, this team needs to move forward, and won’t do it with Cassel behind center. I wish the man all the luck and fortune in the future, just not taking snaps for my beloved Chiefs.


  • November 15, 2011  - Niblick says:

    Josh-What you are saying in this post is not the same as wishing he had a career ending injury. I can accept that. I hope he recovers fully and the Chiefs can make a decision based on performance and decide if they want to take some of the QBs I listed in an earlier post and move in a different direction. You obviously think the only way he will not return as the starter if he is still injured next year. I’m not so sure of that.


  • November 15, 2011  - Josh says:

    Niblick – Very astute. I don’t believe if he can suit up once more that he’d be booted, thus, the horrible wish.


  • November 16, 2011  - cychief24 says:

    The TV watching followers have now out numbered the game attending fans/supporters of the Chiefs on this site. Too bad.
    Just a quick reminder to those with ADD. We won the AFC West last year with Cassel 27 TD/ 7 Int/ 10 wins.
    To those with reading deficits, my point with Stanzi is he doesn’t learn much DURING THE GAMES because he isn’t involved by his choice. He was a projected 2nd-3rd round pick (Kiper)that dropped to the 5th for a reason. He led a senior dominated team at Iowa that was picked to challenge for the Big ten to 7-5.
    Some of you TV followers remind me of the clowns that called Trent Green “trint” his first year at KC because the team was adjusting to a new offense and still adding talent in 2001.
    Oh well, continue your hate fest. Some of you have nothing invested in the Chiefs except a few hours of TV watching when you get around to it.
    I’ve driven from Des Moines for 34 years and paid for 4 Season tickets /parking all those years.




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