Usually, when a team fires a coach mid-season, their star running back is coming off an ACL tear, and a play-maker on defense is lost to free agency, people expect a rebuilding year. Yet Matt Cassel, the Chiefs “franchise” quarterback (I use the term loosely) is very optimistic.
“With every season, there’s a lot of changes,” Cassel told the Springfield News-Leader. “But I feel like as long as we go out there and execute and play good football my expectations are very high for this team.”
Romeo Crennel inherits a team with 15 returning starters (7 on offense and 8 on defense). The team lost their workhorse corner Brandon Carr to the Cowboys and will be introducing a new offense yet again. Brian Daboll, previously of the Miami Dolphins,will be the teams 4th offensive coordinator in 4 years. This is Daboll’s 4th team as a coordinator in 6 years, after being the New England Patriots long time wide receiver coach.
Matt Cassel‘s best season was in 2010, where he had an impressive 27 touchdowns to 7 INT’s and lead the team to the playoffs with a 10 win season. With the team aggressively trying to sign Peyton Manning throughout the off-season, Cassel knows he’s in the hot seat.
“I feel great, I’m ready to roll,” Cassel said “I feel like our team will come out stronger. We suffered through a lot of injuries last year to some key people but they should be coming back stronger and the coaches are very optimistic.”
Matt Cassel is saying all the right things, as he should. Yet the 63 million dollar contract that he signed in March of 2009 is starting to raise some eyebrows. Running back Jamaal Charles, safety Eric Berry, and tight end Tony Moeaki all were injured throughout most of the 2011 season. There was also last years 1st round pick Jonathan Baldwin who struggled to make plays along with an offensive line that seemed out of sync. Cassel will get a pass on last years disastrous season, yet this is very much a make or break season for him moving forward.
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Matt Cassel has little to no fantasy value entering the 2012 season. With all the recovering injuries, changes on the offensive line, and a new playbook being introduced, the Chiefs are looking at a .500 season