From the Truman Sports Complex
Todd Haley said Wednesday afternoon it was too early to judge the performance of starting QB Matt Cassel, other than to say it must improve.
“Two games is too early to recognize an identity of a team,” Haley said. “We obviously need to change things here pretty quick to keep our identity from being something we don’t want it to be. It does take four or five games. The same goes for players.”
Statistically, only Jacksonville’s starting QB Josh McCown has gotten off to a worse start than Cassel. His passer rating is 50.4, a full 20 points behind the next guy above him in the league rankings. His 4.3 yards per passing attempt is the worst in the league. In 10 statistical areas for quarterbacks, Cassel’s highest ranking is No. 13 for completion percentage. Otherwise, he’s ranked 22 and below and in half of those categories, he’s ranked No. 30 or lower.
Haley looked at the numbers for Cassel last year after two games and thinks it’s way too soon to judge his season.
“Try to identify an identity out of Matt last year after two games,” Haley said. “I don’t think you would say in the end he would end up in the Pro Bowl with some very impressive statistics. I want to refrain from making judgments out of a lot of things right now, until we get further down the road. Everybody on this team has to play better, starting with the quarterback. He knows that.”
Here are the numbers for Cassel after two games in 2010 and 2011:
|¬†Yr||¬†Rec||¬†Att||¬†Cmp||%||¬†Yds||Avg Att||Avg Cmp||¬†TD||¬†INT|
The most obvious difference is the team record. It’s something every starting quarterback must shoulder as part of his load. They get paid the most money, they get the most attention and they take the most blame.
“I’m quite confident in Matt and his teammates are quite confident in him that he will do the things needed, when needed to help us win games and be a better team,” Haley said.
WR Jonathan Baldwin and DE Wallace Gilberry appeared to be the only two players that were not taking¬†full participation in practice on Wednesday afternoon as the Chiefs began preparations for the San Diego Chargers.
Baldwin still was wearing¬†a brace on his¬†right wrist and thumb, however, he did not have the thumb and hand wrapped as he’s had in the past.¬†Gilberry left Sunday’s game in Detroit with an unspecified problelm. But he has been battling a¬†right knee problem.
OLB Tamba Hali who left the Detroit game with a left ankle injury appeared to be taking part in all aspects of the practice during the open media window. Same for LT Branden Albert, who left the field with¬†a left leg injury on Sunday but returned four plays later.
In their injury/practice report to the league, the Chiefs listed Gilberry and Baldwin as limited participants and Hali as a full participant in practice. Gilberry wasn’t listed with a knee injury, but a neck problem.
For the Chargers, seven players did not take part in practice on Wednesday: DT Luis Castillo (broken leg), WR Malcom Floyd (groin), TE Antonio Gates (foot), DE Corey Liuget (ankle), ILB Jonas Mouton (shoulder), S Bob Sanders (knee) and RB Mike Tolbert (calf).