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Matt Cassel isn’t going anywhere

Matt Cassel,  Kyle Orton AP

When the 2011 season ended, it was worth wondering if Matt Cassel was a lock to return to the Chiefs. It’s not worth wondering anymore.

Romeo Crennel seems to want a competition at quarterback, but his statements have indicated that Cassel will be part of that competition. New offensive coordinator Brian Daboll supported that notion Tuesday.

“A have a lot of confidence in Matt Cassel. I’ve watched him on tape and I know the player,” Daboll said via Josh Looney of KCChiefs.com.

Keeping Cassel makes sense. With Crennel in charge, the Chiefs are hoping to maintain as much continuity as possible. Cassel is “only” due $5.25 million this year after costing much more in previous years.

We wouldn’t be surprised to see the Chiefs bring back Kyle Orton or bring in a quality rookie to compete with Cassel. But Cassel remains the heavy favorite to be the Week 1 starter.

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39 Responses to “Matt Cassel isn’t going anywhere”
  1. bigtganks says: Feb 7, 2012 1:12 PM

    You can take that phrase two ways… more in the sense that he’s not getting anywhere, and nor are the Chiefs with him as the QB.

  2. billinva says: Feb 7, 2012 1:13 PM

    Of course he’s not. How is this news?

    And why the hell would Orton stick around to only possibly be the #2 guy? Makes no sense.

    Also, spell check your article.

  3. war27 says: Feb 7, 2012 1:14 PM

    The rest of the AFC West thanks you!

  4. jimmysimpson55 says: Feb 7, 2012 1:15 PM

    Matt “deer in the headlights” Cassel

  5. wtfpft says: Feb 7, 2012 1:16 PM

    That’s the best news ever for the Broncos, Chargers, and Raiders.

  6. crp63 says: Feb 7, 2012 1:18 PM

    Who’d want him?

  7. jimmysimpson55 says: Feb 7, 2012 1:18 PM

    For those not in KC, Cassel sucks. Pioli has bet his career on Cassel and 3 of the last 4 offensive coordinators did not want him. Haley did not want him. Some of the team does now want Cassel. That is why we are turning over so many staff, because of Cassel.

  8. chiefwildcat says: Feb 7, 2012 1:19 PM

    This isn’t really news, Gregg. Matt’s contract was front loaded, so it is very favorable for the Chiefs to keep him around. Orton is an unrestricted free agent. Palko might have a great football mind, but no arm and he is also a free agent. So the question is, who do the Chiefs sign to fill the 3rd QB spot to provide the competition to Cassel and Stanzi?

  9. xtb3 says: Feb 7, 2012 1:19 PM

    So Cassel was a system QB at New England? Like Flynn was in Green Bay?(ie-benefitting from the system around them) But Brady and Rodgers are not? Mindboggling.

  10. wtfchiefs says: Feb 7, 2012 1:19 PM

    Why must this team be ran by such idiots? Anyone with a set of eyes can see Cassel is the problem on O. How many coaches have to quit or get fired because this guy can’t play?

  11. bigd4defense says: Feb 7, 2012 1:21 PM

    They still need to draft the long-term solution for that club. Neither of those cats are it

  12. Tarkus says: Feb 7, 2012 1:24 PM

    They only have two QBs on the roster right now. Of course the coaches are going to say they’re confident in them. They’re not going to throw them under the bus, in case they’re stuck with them and/or they try to trade them. It means nothing right now.

  13. trbowman says: Feb 7, 2012 1:25 PM

    Bring in Brady Quinn, guy CAN play, re-unite with Daboll.

    I think he’d beat Cassel out in a fair competition.

  14. bozosforall says: Feb 7, 2012 1:26 PM

    xtb3 says:
    Feb 7, 2012 1:19 PM
    So Cassel was a system QB at New England? Like Flynn was in Green Bay?(ie-benefitting from the system around them) But Brady and Rodgers are not? Mindboggling.

    __
    Classic!

  15. chuckxx says: Feb 7, 2012 1:28 PM

    I would sure love it if the Chiefs found a way to trade up and get RG3. Now that would truly get Chiefs fans excited once again.

  16. RebelKrishna says: Feb 7, 2012 1:28 PM

    … and neither are the Chiefs.

  17. chiefwildcat says: Feb 7, 2012 1:29 PM

    BTW, this article includes quotes from the Chiefs conference call with the media this morning. What it doesn’t include is quotes from various interviews last week stating how much Romeo liked Kyle Orton and how much he’d like to see him back in KC.
    If Orton and Cassel are battling it out in training camp, it’s highly doubtful Cassel is the starter week 1.

  18. xtb3 says: Feb 7, 2012 1:32 PM

    Only time this team looked good was with Orton. They would be crazy to let Orton leave.

  19. ebeg420 says: Feb 7, 2012 1:33 PM

    The “I” and “A” are pretty far away from each other on the keyboard!!

  20. trbowman says: Feb 7, 2012 1:40 PM

    “who do the Chiefs sign to fill the 3rd QB spot to provide the competition to Cassel and Stanzi?’

    Manning would be as good a fit there as any. With him they’d win that division easily, imo. And he gets to stay in the AFC.

    Chiefs are a good team, one of the best young secondaries in the league with Carr, Flowers and a healthy Berry. Whole defense is good.

  21. hedleykow says: Feb 7, 2012 1:41 PM

    The Chiefs will miss the playoffs by one or two games every year for as long as Cassel is QB.

    To his credit, though, he does take a pounding pretty well, which is a prerequisite to playing QB in KC.

  22. raidadon says: Feb 7, 2012 1:46 PM

    Saweeeeet! Raider Nation loves Elvis Grbac 2.0!

  23. chiefwildcat says: Feb 7, 2012 1:48 PM

    “Manning would be as good a fit there as any. With him they’d win that division easily, imo. And he gets to stay in the AFC.”

    A healthy Manning would be great and most fans think with him under center, the Chiefs would be instant Super Bowl contenders, however, I and many others don’t see Pioli making the move.

  24. thatobnoxiousguy says: Feb 7, 2012 1:49 PM

    BRADY QUINN
    BRING HIM IN

    Tell me, has he even been given a real opportunity to see if he can become a good NFL QB?
    Answer: NO!

    Hell, Jake Delhomme has been given WAY more chances than Quinn.
    Tavaris Freakin Jackson has been given opportunities.

    But Brady cant get a fair shot???

  25. emmac13 says: Feb 7, 2012 1:51 PM

    They somehow get Brady Quinn. And Orton or Cassell is gone.

  26. Tarkus says: Feb 7, 2012 1:54 PM

    “The Chiefs will miss the playoffs by one or two games every year for as long as Cassel is QB.”

    You mean like 2010?

  27. dawsonleery says: Feb 7, 2012 1:58 PM

    He’s not horrible, Cassel is a decent QB.

  28. blacknole08 says: Feb 7, 2012 1:59 PM

    Matt Cassel has had two good years in the NFL (2008 and 2010) and has lead the Chiefs to the playoffs and division title. He might not have the arm that Orton does but he also won’t throw that costly INT either.

    Orton is an average QB at best and hasn’t proven he can win on a consistent basis. The Bears and Broncos got rid of him for a reason.

    If I had to put all my eggs in one basket, I’d go with Cassel.

  29. rdawg911 says: Feb 7, 2012 2:17 PM

    Brady and Rodgers are both good quarterbacks, but will always be overrated because of their system. If Brady was on the Cleveland Browns in Pat Shurmurs’ offense, with Pat Shurmur’s playcalling, and Pat Shurmur’s playbook, with Pat Shurmur’s personnel, do you think he would have done much better than Colt McCoy? Conversely, if McCoy was on New England with all the talent around him, don’t you think he’d do okay? We saw Cassel go 11-5 in New England then all of a sudden he sucks in KC?

  30. realitypolice says: Feb 7, 2012 2:48 PM

    Some desperate team that loses out on the Luck/RGIII/Peyton Manning/Matt Flynn sweepstakes is going to throw starter money at Orton.

    No way he stays around to have an “open competition” with Cassel in KC.

  31. riverhorsey says: Feb 7, 2012 3:32 PM

    No way they will bring in Orton at 5 mil+ a year for 3-4 yr deal and that’s what it would take.

    Don’t think they pay guys that much to ride a bench whether it be Orton or Cassel.

  32. iminra6 says: Feb 7, 2012 3:34 PM

    Cassel is a flat out joke,he had a better supporting cast in New England, 3yrs of this joker the writing has been on the wall forever. You’ll will be saying the same thing next year. complaining about how bad Matt Cassel is.

    Get rid of Scott Pioli,he’s sinking this organization and creating division amongst team members.

  33. thepatriotsaregay says: Feb 7, 2012 3:53 PM

    Cassel sucks, real Chiefs fans want Orton!

  34. crp63 says: Feb 7, 2012 3:54 PM

    chiefwildcat says:Feb 7, 2012 1:48 PM

    “Manning would be as good a fit there as any. With him they’d win that division easily, imo. And he gets to stay in the AFC.”

    A healthy Manning would be great and most fans think with him under center, the Chiefs would be instant Super Bowl contenders, however, I and many others don’t see Pioli making the move.
    Why do people honestly think Peyton is going to go play anywhere if the colts do in fact let him go? He’s only got a few years left in him at best and if he can’t play for a team many that has a realistic shot at the superbowl within 2 years he probably won’t sign.Best fit for him might be 49ers–if they had better play at qb,they would have been playing the patriots,not the giants…..

  35. cmack21 says: Feb 7, 2012 7:28 PM

    wow that division stinks.
    get ready for 6/10 season

  36. haleyistheman00 says: Feb 7, 2012 8:44 PM

    I don’t understand people who don’t like pioli…the chiefs were in the dumps with Peterson/herm. now they are actually competing. they could of won the division with charles berry moakie and cassel hurt plus the hardest schedule. but I guess people are never satisfied

  37. Savoir-Faire says: Feb 7, 2012 10:25 PM

    The one thing to keep in mind here is that Romeo basically credited Ortons for helping him get his starting gig and has basically thrown all sorts of hints out about wanting Orton back but he understands Orton is a free agent .

    Now remember Daboll was the Dolphins coordinator last year and the coaching staff wanted to trade for Orton but the owner shot the trade down at the last minute . So Daboll would would be very aware of what Orton is capable of as well.

  38. mykl954 says: Feb 8, 2012 10:29 AM

    Cassel the presumptive starter?

    Haven’t checked over there lately but I’d wager that after the naming of both Romeo and Daboll, heads are now really exploding over at the Chiefs planet forum.

  39. mauicat1 says: Feb 12, 2012 1:13 PM

    With Orton’s last game as a Chief, he indicated that Cassel was the the Chief’s QB. However, if Orton feels that he has an advantage over Cassel as to his own talent level and that he can be the starter, he might just say that this is the right spot for him. He is somewhat familiar with the players, and he knows that they are on the verge of a really good season. Plus, they play in a week division. Denver doesn’t have a legitimate QB, Oakland is the same disfunctional team they been for years, and the Chargers still have Turner to keep things screwed up. Plus, if Orton comes in and wins the starters job, the Chiefs have a competent backup. And even if Cassel starts game one, he will be on a short leash, as Pioli knows if he blows this, that his (Pioli’s) job is on the line.

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