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Matt Cassel, QB, Kansas City Chiefs (1 Viewer)

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5Rings

Lurker
I like Cassell this year as my favorite "breakout QB" after Kevin Kolb.

Whats changed:

+ Full offseason with Charlie Weiss

+ Improved running game (Charles / Thomas)

+ Improved targets (Moeaki has to be better than Pope; full season of Chambers and Bowe, McCluster in slot)

+ Maybe an improved OL (perhaps Albert and Co. improve? not sure on this point, but they are young)

The defense remains terrible, and IMO the Chiefs are still a 6 win team. I like teams that play lots of garbage time.

I see an uptick in completion percentage, yards, but not necessarily TDs.

340-540, 62.9, 3700, 19td, 11int

 

rzrback77

IBL Representative
I think that I have a built in bias against Matt Cassel, the former seventh round pick. Cassel had three years in New England where he threw 39 passes and then Brady got hurt in 08. Cassel jumped right in and played well. He completed 63.4% of his 516 attempts and averaged 7.2 ypa with 21 TDs, all respectable numbers. Then the franchise tag and subsequent trade to KC.

In Kansas City, his completion percentage dropped dpwn to 55.1%. His yards per attemp fell down 1.3 yards all the way to 5.9. His interceptions increased and equaled his TDs at 16. Many are expecting much better things for the Chiefs in 2010, but I am hesitant to get on that bandwagon. I think that the addition of Thomas Jones to the backfield that already had Jamaal Charles will increase the number of rushing attempts for the Chiefs. I think that Cassel should see slight increases in completion percentage and ypa, but not enough to put him in the regular fantasy starter category.

Cassel has a current ADP of QB 22 and 149 overall and I like a couple other guys at that spot more than him, so I doubt that he gets drafted by me.

Matt Cassel 16 gms 296 comp 530 attempts 55.8% 3233 yds 6.1 ypa 15 TDs 18 ints 45 runs 150 yds 3.33 ypc and 1 TD

 

Dirty Hairy

Footballguy
I'm not a big fan of Cassel but I think we need to see what he can do with a more stable situation. Think about 2009 for a minute:

1) Haley's first season as a head coach - obviously going to be a learning curve.

2) Haley fires the offensive coordinator in the preseason just before the season starts and acts as offensive coordinator himself while still acting as head coach.

3) Cassel was injured for the last month of training camp and missed all the preseason games and the first game and was questionable for game 2 and probable for game 3. Tough to get timing down with new receivers in a new offense when injuries prevent you from playing in the most crucial time.

4) Bowe was out for six games effectively and he's the only receiver that would start for any other NFL team (ignoring the Browns here). Two of Cassel's worst games came with Bowe out.

Contrast that with projected 2010: no first year head coach; no missing offensive coordinator; no injury during training camp; no missing reps with WRs; no missing Bowe for six games (hopefully).

My conclusion is that Cassel will finish much better than 2009 - #15 QB maybe.

 
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