Skip to content

Matt Cassel says “expectations are very high” in Kansas City

Denver Broncos v Kansas City Chiefs Getty Images

The Chiefs were a last place team that fired their coach last season, but they kept their franchise quarterback. And that quarterback says this is no rebuilding team.

Matt Cassel said the Chiefs are a team that expects big things this year.

“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.”

Cassel missed the last seven weeks of the season with a hand injury, and the Chiefs were also missing some of their best players, including running back Jamaal Charles, safety Eric Berry and tight end Tony Moeaki, for most of the season. But Cassel says a healthy Chiefs team will be a better Chiefs team.

“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.”

If Cassel’s performance doesn’t justify that optimism, this is likely his final season as the Chiefs’ starting quarterback.

Permalink 49 Comments Feed for comments Latest Stories in: Kansas City Chiefs, Rumor Mill, Top Stories
49 Responses to “Matt Cassel says “expectations are very high” in Kansas City”
  1. diegiantsdie says: Jun 27, 2012 7:10 AM

    I’m sorry to here that. The chiefs will fail once again

  2. beardedhawk says: Jun 27, 2012 7:12 AM

    very high to finish 8-8 maybe

  3. rapschiefs says: Jun 27, 2012 7:16 AM

    he has all the weapons available this season…as long as he stops with the tunnel vision with dbowe

  4. houseofbacon says: Jun 27, 2012 7:18 AM

    Life is full of disappointments.

  5. joetoronto says: Jun 27, 2012 7:21 AM

    Expectations are very high, but payroll is very low.

    The Chiefs are poised for a total collapse.

  6. jbholcom says: Jun 27, 2012 7:29 AM

    The Chiefs should easily win the AFC West. They are the best team from top to bottom in that division. With key acquisitions and the return of injured player, this team will be much better in 2012.

    Of course the AFC West is a weak division with both the Chargers and the Raiders taking a step back. Not to mention that Denver is hanging its hopes on a QB that could be in a wheelchair for the rest of his life with one hit.

  7. hjworton46 says: Jun 27, 2012 7:43 AM

    Carson Palmer, Philip Rivers, Peyton Manning, Matt Cassel. Spot the odd one out. Chiefs will be the Chiefs, again.

  8. captainwisdom8888 says: Jun 27, 2012 7:49 AM

    i think the chiefs are a very exciting team. and it all starts with a young tenacious defense.

    ***IF (Big IF) these three things happen the Chiefs will find success in 2012

    1. Cassel needs to pick up his play
    2. Jamal Charles n Eric Berry need to stay healthy
    3. That young defense needs to send a message

    PS. Im no Chiefs fan

  9. walleyejon says: Jun 27, 2012 8:14 AM

    How many teams are we up to now that have “high expectations” for the up coming season? A real scoop would be to find a coach or player who thinks their team is going to suck.

  10. purplengold says: Jun 27, 2012 8:28 AM

    Cassel’s quote is a good example of the pre-season non-statements that come from people who have no idea if their team will have a winning season.

  11. slingingsh1t says: Jun 27, 2012 8:31 AM

    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.”

    The biggest reason they probably won’t execute and play good football is Cassel.

  12. Patriot42 says: Jun 27, 2012 8:32 AM

    “he has all the weapons available this season…as long as he stops with the tunnel vision with dbowe”

    Bowe is taking care of that statement by not playing.

  13. chuckxx says: Jun 27, 2012 8:33 AM

    Iam a huge Chiefs fan and have been ever since SuperBowl #1. Here’s just some of the keys to make this a sucessful season. Rodney Hudson (Center) first real year needs to play really well. People sometimes “forget” just how important the center position really is. Berry and Moeaki need to play really well too. Cassel needs to play like he did in 2010 when he threw 27 TD’s and only 7 picks. And last but not least J. Charles and Peyton Hillis need to really have great years. And it would be nice to see Dontari Poe (first round pick NT) have an admirable year.

  14. essentialsausage says: Jun 27, 2012 8:49 AM

    “Carson Palmer, Philip Rivers, Peyton Manning, Matt Cassel. Spot the odd one out. ”
    ———————————————————-

    Well, that’s tough to say, because Cassel and Palmer are both terrible. I guess Manning is the odd one out because he is the only one on that list to win a Super Bowl.

  15. ih8kc says: Jun 27, 2012 8:50 AM

    they’ve been high since 1971, but they’re still just the chefs

  16. shootscuz says: Jun 27, 2012 8:59 AM

    Sorry Matt but if 18 is healthy then your best shot at the playoffs is a wild card spot. If the Broncos can go 8-8 with a new coaching staff, new defensive scheme, and Kyle Orton and Tebow has their qb, then they are going to be brutal with 18 behind center. Dumervil and Miller hardly ever played with a lead last year. All of this spells trouble for the rest of the AFC west.

  17. kcrobert10 says: Jun 27, 2012 9:06 AM

    Once again mark my words the chiefs will win the afc west this yr. All those injuries last yr and we still won 7 games come on haters this team is just now watching its prime yrs start avg age of starters is only 27.

  18. stlsteelerfan says: Jun 27, 2012 9:14 AM

    You gotta love preseason…..everyone thinks they’re good. Just wait till Cassel remembers that Bowe can torch a defender all he wants, but he can’t catch.

  19. sj39 says: Jun 27, 2012 9:20 AM

    The guy didn’t even play in college, what does he know?

  20. chavo8081 says: Jun 27, 2012 9:45 AM

    Romeo crennel is the defensive norv turner, great coord. Bad head coach…….weak qb and bad head coach=success?

  21. kcchiefsfandave says: Jun 27, 2012 9:45 AM

    Cassel is out if he doesn’t take advantage of what he has around him this season.

    They need to stay healthy.

    The defense is much improved.

    I’m no Cassel apologist. If he can play above average and Charles plays like he did two seasons ago, they’re in the playoffs.

  22. 16x8equal49ers says: Jun 27, 2012 9:46 AM

    You mean if he doesn’t perform it is safe to say that this is his final chance as a starting QB.

  23. brennankm46 says: Jun 27, 2012 10:00 AM

    jbholcom says: Jun 27, 2012 7:29 AM

    …Not to mention that Denver is hanging its hopes on a QB that could be in a wheelchair for the rest of his life with one hit.

    ___________________________________

    Unfortunately for the Chiefs, that “QB that could be in a wheelchair” would perform better than Matt Cassel even if that were the case.

  24. slickster35 says: Jun 27, 2012 10:02 AM

    Cassel isn’t very good, and doesn’t have to be to win this division.

    The donkeys are the favorite, but they aren’t very good beyond an injured QB who had lost a few steps before the neck injury.

    The Chargers will be dangerous as long as Phyllis is behind center, but really, they’re in rebuilding mode and kept their terrible head coach. Dumb.

    The faiders are just bad. They have virtually no chance of breaking .500 this year. By far the worst team in the division, with no end in sight with that horrible defense. Oldman Palmer can’t score enough points to mask that, and he’s about done anyway. Hangnail boy McFadden is once again a non-factor. Official bust.

  25. cooklynn17 says: Jun 27, 2012 10:07 AM

    Well now that Peyton Manning has signed in Denver, those lofty expectations should taper off a bit.

  26. cooklynn17 says: Jun 27, 2012 10:10 AM

    They’d be higher if Matt Cassette wasn’t the Quarterback.

  27. beardedhawk says: Jun 27, 2012 10:11 AM

    I’m not saying its impossible…just that its improbable

  28. yelix says: Jun 27, 2012 10:40 AM

    Most teams in the NFL are going towards high-powered passing offenses. The Chiefs, on the other hand, are going back to a ball control, running it down your throat, play-action offense. And you know what? They’ll win with it. Best rushing attack in 2010. 6th best pass defense in 2011. Combine the two, and add a much-improved offensive line and receiving corps, and you have a team that can be very dangeous.

  29. jjackwagon says: Jun 27, 2012 11:08 AM

    The entire AFC West finished last year within one game of each other. So they are all fairly even. 2012 Strength of schedule has Denver 2, SD 6, Oakland tied for 18th, Chiefs tied for 20th. Denver’s schedule is going to be too tough for them to make much noise, ditto for SD.
    That leaves Oakland & KC with the easier schedules to duke it out for the division. Advantage Chiefs.

  30. kcrobert10 says: Jun 27, 2012 11:21 AM

    Why is everyone all over manning. News flash he is 36 had 4 neck injuries and has not played at his high level for atleast 4 yrs. Has not even taken a snap in over 2 yrs. Other than that no qb has ever won a super bowl with 2 different teams. Also a lot of denvers success came from good d and running the football with tebow who is now in new York. The back end of that d isn’t getting any younger and u have an extremely hard schedule next yr. Like I said mark my words the chiefs will win the afc west next yr.

  31. bjtmeyer says: Jun 27, 2012 11:26 AM

    I’m looking forward to seeing how Peyton Hillis does with new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll. I think it should be a good season for the Chiefs as long as everyone stays healthy.

  32. pooflingingmonkey says: Jun 27, 2012 11:45 AM

    Too many former Browns on the coaching staff to take the Chiefs too seriously. When you’re taking gameplanning cues from Cleveland, you have a serious problem.

  33. j0esixpack says: Jun 27, 2012 11:46 AM

    If the rest of the offense – especially the O-line – does their job Cassel can keep them in games. Unlike other QBs he doesn’t make a ton of mistakes.

    Add to that a better D and they could be playoff contenders – but Cassel, knows this is his last shot. Hopefully he doesn’t force it.

  34. mindcrime401 says: Jun 27, 2012 11:57 AM

    If the Chiefs don’t have a spectacular season, Eric Berry will claim the NFL has a bounty on them.

  35. raiderfankirk says: Jun 27, 2012 12:02 PM

    I’m expecting that same deer in head lights look. Games that KC will win will be in spite of Cassel, not because of him. QB, WR, RB, oline, special teams. Advantage Oakland. D remains to be seen ( who turned around the Denver D …oh thats Oakland’s HC) . One Nation! !!

  36. shootscuz says: Jun 27, 2012 12:03 PM

    It’s funny how Chiefs fans like to claim Manning won’t make the season and has lost a step. The Chiefs wanted Manning along with many other NFL teams. And if the Chiefs would have signed him all these same fans would be talking about how good they are going to be with him. If Manning was a Chief then they would be the favorites. But he is not.

  37. myspaceyourface says: Jun 27, 2012 12:25 PM

    It is July. Expectations are high everywhere.

  38. crindal3000 says: Jun 27, 2012 12:50 PM

    shootscuz

    Must be some chiefs fans here because that is exactly the truth!!

  39. raiders1995 says: Jun 27, 2012 12:54 PM

    Matt Cassel is the worst QB in the league

  40. crindal3000 says: Jun 27, 2012 1:08 PM

    Raider Fan shouldn’t say a word about QB’s.

  41. TylerHills says: Jun 27, 2012 1:10 PM

    I’m a Chiefs fan… a realistic Chiefs fan. I’m not a Cassel lover or hater. Cassel is good, but not great. People need to stop hating on him so much, he is good enough to get the job done if he has a stable ground game and a solid defense. This team is better than the one in 2010.

    Backup QB: Brady Quinn instead of Tyler Palko (don’t sleep on Stanzi in the future). Take away Thomas Jones and add Peyton Hillis. Add Breaston, Baldwin, Boss and Wylie to the receiving core. Add Winston and remove Richardson (RT being the only weak spot on the o-line). Sub Poe for Gregg (not an immediate upgrade, but a player with a lot of potential). Houston as a pass rush option opposite Hali. Lost Carr and get Routt (can be overcome) with Arenas, Brown, Reeves and Menzie (and a third safety in Elam).

    If the 2010 Chiefs won 10 games then the 2012 Chiefs will win at least 10 games. Get over it people, they are a good and talented team quit sleeping on them.

  42. thcnote says: Jun 27, 2012 1:40 PM

    jjackwagon says:
    Jun 27, 2012 11:08 AM
    The entire AFC West finished last year within one game of each other. So they are all fairly even. 2012 Strength of schedule has Denver 2, SD 6, Oakland tied for 18th, Chiefs tied for 20th. Denver’s schedule is going to be too tough for them to make much noise, ditto for SD.
    That leaves Oakland & KC with the easier schedules to duke it out for the division. Advantage Chiefs.
    ————–
    Schedules are overrated dude. The only difference between all 4 teams is 2 opponents. That is easily made up by beating the teams in your division. Not to mention the fact that teams can suck one year and be good the next.

  43. polapea says: Jun 27, 2012 2:09 PM

    kcrobert10 says: Jun 27, 2012 11:21 AM

    Why is everyone all over manning. News flash he is 36 had 4 neck injuries and has not played at his high level for atleast 4 yrs. … Like I said mark my words the chiefs will win the afc west next yr.
    ————————————————————-
    Clearly you’re a KC homer but really? Manning 2010 Stats: 66.3% Comp 4700 yds 33 TD’s 17 Int’s, 91 Rating. How is that not playing QB at a high level? Oh yeah and a Pro-bowl. Cassel would kill for those #’s.

    And BTW one of the Chiefs best offensive weapon is coming off a blown ACL. In case you aren’t aware that’s a 2 year injury. He won’t be right until next year.

  44. jbaxt says: Jun 27, 2012 3:12 PM

    Denvers only offensive weapon is coming off of neck surgery. Knee surgery or neck surgery, we all choose the knee. Champ will retire midseason from getting abused so bad, Chiefs will sweep the donks, split with the faiders and the chargers. 10-6 wins the division. Chiefs win.

  45. 808raiderinparadise says: Jun 27, 2012 4:31 PM

    A lot of people blinded by their crystal balls.

    Rosters will change.
    Injuries will happen.
    Teams will improve.
    Others will have bad camps.

    The AFC West will be close again this year.

  46. raiderapologist says: Jun 27, 2012 5:55 PM

    slickster35 says: Jun 27, 2012 10:02 AM

    Cassel isn’t very good, and doesn’t have to be to win this division.

    The Chiefs have shown they can win the division with Cassel. What they can’t do is win a playoff game.

  47. kingcarlbanks says: Jun 28, 2012 3:03 PM

    Here’s how KC Chiefs football works for those who haven’t watched this franchise operate lately:

    1.Chiefs put together a good team that needs to upgrade at one or two positions to be serious contenders.

    2.Chiefs refuse to make said upgrade(s), and “believe” the player(s) they have are good enough to get them over the hump.

    3. By the time the Chiefs organization realizes said player(s) wasn’t the answer and upgrade, other holes open up on the roster due to an unwillingness to open up the purse strings and pay.

    4. Repeat.

  48. broncosnative says: Jun 29, 2012 9:24 AM

    Reading all these comments, you cheifs fans make me laugh. So you really think KC is gonna run away with the division? Come on now, be real, that’s like sayings the jags are gonna win their division. I read all this Peyton manning out after one hit crap and 4 neck surgeries, news flash, mannings neck is no longer a problem in case you haven’t heard. Charles is coming off a torn acl, highly possible to re-injure. Do you expect the chiefs to pound the ground with charles, your legs are not the same after torn acls and unless he scores everytime he touches the ball without getting hit, he’s gonna get smacked hard more than manning increasing his chances of getting injured again. Last year the broncos had the worse QB in the division and league, they split with KC and managed ti win the division, what makes you think Kc is gonna sweep them this year with manning? At best they are third in the division with chargers ahead of them and of course broncos on top, that’s reality and you cheifs fans are too over confident to see the big picture. Oh and I don’t care how many thumbs down I get because you KC fans can’t handle the truth.

  49. caseyinkc says: Jul 13, 2012 4:17 PM

    broncosnative “I read all this Peyton manning out after one hit crap and 4 neck surgeries, news flash, mannings neck is no longer a problem in case you haven’t heard.”
    ________________________________
    Prediction: Tamba Hali will make you eat those words.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!