In Kansas City Croyle + Thigpen = Cassel

@vmenard (895)
United States
March 1, 2009 12:48pm CST
The Kansas City Chiefs started last year with young, strong armed QB Brodie Croyle under center. Unfortunately, Brodie failed to stay healthy, a problem he's had his entire young NFL career. The Chiefs ended the year with Thigpen at QB. Thigpen performed well down the stretch. He made some typical mistakes, but I figured the Chiefs would open the season with a QB battle between their two young QB's. Enter Pioli and the Chiefs now have Matt Cassel. After a big year in New England, Cassel is now the man in KC. He's out of Brady's shadow and ready to stand on his own. But, not only is Brady gone, so is, Randy Moss, Wes Welker and the rest of the Patriots talented offense. The Chiefs now hae 3 young experienced QB's, not a bad problem to have. Time will tell which of these will be the last man standing. Cassel is the starter going into the season, but in KC that usually guarantees nothing.
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@mscott (1924)
• United States
1 Mar 09
Having Dwayne Bowe, Larry Johnson and Tony Gonzalez isn't a bad cast to have around you. problem is one or two of them might not even want to be there which hurts. I would think if they could move one of the other quarterbacks they would but really neither has shown enough to warrant any team giving much for them. Since they are all under contract at least this year they shouldn't have to worry so much about that position as it has hurt them the last two years.
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@vmenard (895)
• United States
1 Mar 09
Gonzalez is great, but needs help. Bowe has shown ability. Larry Johnson has turned into a distraction for the team. He wasn't happy last year and let everyone know. They hae some decent young running backs, so hopefully the running game will be more effective this year, if everyone stays healthy.
• United States
2 Mar 09
Acquiring Matt Cassel was a risky trade. The man had not started a game, prior to this past season since, High School. He had a great surrounding cast in New England which is why he was so successful. The coaches had a lot to do with his success as well. Who knows, Cassel may have been a "one-year wonder". Only time will tell. I believe he has a huge chip on his shoulder to prove to everyone that he can actually play and become an elite quarterback in this league.
• United States
4 Mar 09
I have to agree with a comment I read on another site stating that for the Patriots to let Cassel go, something must be wrong. As we know, Belichick(sp?) is a mastermind when it comes to getting players to fit his system and having them excel. I think he saw something more in Cassel that we don't know about. I have a bad feeling about Matt Cassel being away from NE. What makees it worse is that there is no certain way to tell because of his lack of experience on the college and NFL level.