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Cassel remains the man, but Haley won't rule out change

Chiefs coach Todd Haley answered questions Tuesday about whether Matt Cassel was still his starting quarterback, which is surprising on a number of levels.

Cassel has started only one game since signing his $60 million contract with the team, and the Chiefs put up 409 yards of offense in it.  Cassel made some mental mistakes, but there were plenty of positives from the performance.

Nearly as surprising was Haley’s response to the inquiries about Cassel.  He said he would not hesitate to bench Cassel if that helped the team.

“You’ve got to ultimately do what you think gives your team the best
chance to win,” Haley said. “If that means another quarterback being in
there other than Matt Cassel, then sign me up.”

This could be more of Haley’s motivational tactics.  He put receiver Dwayne Bowe on the third team during training camp, and said Tuesday that he believes performance will improve when their is a co-worker pushing for your job.

But Haley’s tough public love for Cassel may not be all bluster.  There appears to be genuine excitement about Brodie Croyle, who played well in the season opener in Baltimore.

“I thought Brodie Croyle went into a very difficult situation, a
hostile environment against a very good defense and he looked like an
NFL quarterback. He gave us a legitimate chance to win. He executed the game plan the way he was asked to execute it,” Haley said.

Reading through all of Haley’s comments, one gets the sense he wasn’t happy about some of Cassel’s decision-making.  And Haley alluded to previous examples of when he was involved in surprising quarterback changes:  Vinny Testaverde over Glenn Foley in New York, Tony Romo over Drew Bledsoe in Dallas, and Kurt Warner over Matt Leinart in Arizona.

“When we made that change, there was a lot of negative feedback –
`What about the future?’ There weren’t too many people saying much when
we were in the Super Bowl last year,” Haley said.”

The Chiefs seem to be a long way from the Super Bowl, but Haley seems determined to put his stamp on the team, even if that means briefly benching the front office’s pick as the team’s franchise player.

At the very least, Haley seems to want to light a fire under his starter through the media by letting him know that no one is untouchable.

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25 Responses to “Cassel remains the man, but Haley won't rule out change”
  1. pft rocks says: Sep 22, 2009 7:04 PM

    Do we really believe that Haley is calling the shots in KC?

  2. denverpilot says: Sep 22, 2009 7:08 PM

    Haley seems like a tool. I am waiting for a player to challenge him. As a Devner fan….keep up the good work Chefs.

  3. FireJerryJones says: Sep 22, 2009 7:09 PM

    Way to make a decision.
    Nothing wrong with competition, but Gesus – give the guy a chance to get acquainted with his new teammates.
    Croyle hasn’t won an NFL game yet.
    Does he really expect the Chiefs to win right away?
    They’re a bad team.

  4. kosarsmyidol says: Sep 22, 2009 7:15 PM

    “he believes performance will improve when their is a co-worker pushing for your job.”
    You mean, ‘when there is…’? Easily the worst-edited site. It’s somehow gotten worse since the NBC takeover. I guess I should just be happy that the typo wasn’t in the title.

  5. rebeljon says: Sep 22, 2009 7:23 PM

    Nobody named “brodie” can be your starting quarterback…. then again brodie is better than elvis

  6. andyschaps says: Sep 22, 2009 7:27 PM

    Brodie Croyle is the Chiefs version of Derek Anderson. If he plays, he’s playing without ‘looking over his shoulder’.

  7. JSpicoli says: Sep 22, 2009 7:37 PM

    Haley gets fired after the season.

  8. HarrisonHits says: Sep 22, 2009 8:06 PM

    Those comments won’t bother Cassel at all, best player out there is the Patriot way, he’s used to it.

  9. Drafty says: Sep 22, 2009 8:23 PM

    “Nearly as surprising was Haley’s response to the inquiries about Cassel. He said he would not hesitate to bench Cassel if that helped the team.”
    Yeah, but would he trade him? Coach McDips**t still has a first-rounder from the Bears he hasn’t squandered yet.

  10. bearsrule says: Sep 22, 2009 8:40 PM

    In about 2 years Scott Pioli is going to decide that firing Haley’s arrogant ass is what will “give the team the best chance to win.”

  11. lightningrod says: Sep 22, 2009 8:48 PM

    Rex Ryan gets along with his players.
    Haley does not

  12. idio says: Sep 22, 2009 8:53 PM

    Why is this suprising? You’re acting as if the very fact that a question was posed is an affirmation of the subject of the question.
    And another reason not to be suprised: Reporters are idiots. They ask retarded questions.
    Why should we be suprised that a reporter asked a dumb question and pretend it’s valid or an affirmation…
    Non-story. Next.

  13. Journeyman says: Sep 22, 2009 8:56 PM

    Haleys act will get old if he doesnt stop yelling at players. Everytime a player screws up he is on the sideline yelling at him. These guys arent college students, these are millionaires who have to be treated in a certain way or they will turn you off.

  14. nflqb says: Sep 22, 2009 9:00 PM

    This just shows tom brady is a system qb since
    cassel put up huge numbers last yr in ne, stick bradys
    rearend on any other team and he would have been a mediocre qb if he even got the chance to crack the starting linueup!

  15. comment_submission_error says: Sep 22, 2009 9:14 PM

    The Raiders beat the Chiefs at Arrowhead, and Oakland doesn’t even HAVE a quarterback. Haley has more to worry about than Cassel.

  16. lolcopter says: Sep 22, 2009 9:53 PM

    how much longer will we have to tolerate honkeys and their mcjokes?
    say what you will about the broncos, but at least we don’t have a $60 million QB controversy
    KC will finish in the bottom of the AFC West

  17. bearsrule says: Sep 22, 2009 10:23 PM

    # nflqb says: September 22, 2009 9:00 PM
    This just shows tom brady is a system qb since
    cassel put up huge numbers last yr in ne, stick bradys
    rearend on any other team and he would have been a mediocre qb if he even got the chance to crack the starting linueup!
    Wow, now that’s a classic.

  18. boltschick says: Sep 22, 2009 10:26 PM

    Wow, this tactic may backfire on Haley. Wouldn’t he want his starting QB to have confidence? Seems like QBs play best when they’re confident and secure, not when they’re concerned about losing their jobs. Cassell will give his all; no need to light any fire under his butt.
    Also, after watching both the Ravens defense and the Raiders defense in games against the Chargers, I think the Raiders defense is quite a bit better.

  19. Arrowhead Addict says: Sep 22, 2009 10:36 PM

    First off broken brodie is a hack.Here is the deal Cassel is the man in KC.Brodie played since 06 oh wait he was injured all 3 years.Hell he is 0-10 as a starter.There is no contoversy Cassel is the best qb this town has seen since Montana.

  20. VoxVeritas says: Sep 22, 2009 11:40 PM

    “Nobody named “brodie” can be your starting quarterback…. then again brodie is better than elvis”
    Ever heard of John Brodie? 31,000 passing yards, 1970 NFL MVP, probably would have been a multiple Super Bowl winner if not for the Cowboys knocking the 49ers out of the playoffs three times in a row the early 70′s.

  21. Vito says: Sep 22, 2009 11:48 PM

    Yeah, would want the guy who was willing to spend this year as a back-up again for the Patriots for the good of the team he was on to get a big head.

  22. ErikTheRed says: Sep 23, 2009 1:01 AM

    You ever see Croyle scramble?-scary at best.I think Haley said that so it wouldn’t look like a double standard.Cassel rushed for 30+yards keeping drives alive.I like Croyle but he takes a lot of sacks and stares his receivers down.I personally like Haleys fire compared to Herms standing with his arms crossed with no emotion.It may take until after the bye,but we’ll start winning again.

  23. tv says: Sep 23, 2009 7:46 AM

    You’d think that teams and all the geniuses that man them would know that 1 yr wonders are typically a product of a system. IF they were really as good as proclaimed, they would have been starting for their former team – before injury, etc.
    You could see this one coming a mile away. The guy is a mediocre QB at best, but now KC has a ton of $$ invested in him.
    That will kill them for many, many years.

  24. sullijo says: Sep 23, 2009 8:27 AM

    This team is a disaster – once the media stops covering teams based upon perceived offseason activities, they will pull their head out of the sand and see it as such.
    Peter King picked this team to go 8-8 this year – how in the world does he still have a job covering the NFL?????

  25. backuppunter says: Sep 23, 2009 9:33 PM

    Brodie is player better than he ever did before (not saying much) but with the chief’s “challenged o line” Thigpen would be better than Cassel or brodie.

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