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Reid hems and haws about Matt Cassel’s future in KC

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Andy Reid has been the head coach of the Chiefs for a month, during which time quarterback Matt Cassel has been a regular working out at the team facility.

But Reid stepped slowly away from any suggestion that Cassel was going to be part of the future of his team.

I’m going to just let that play out,’’ Reid told Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star when asked whether Cassel would play for the team this year. “We’re too early in the process to know that. We’ll continue to evaluate it. We’re evaluating him just like we do a free agent. That’s what you do, and the thing about that is it takes time. I think he realizes that. That’s how it works when there’s a change.’’

Translated: Not if I can find something better, which wouldn’t appear to be difficult.

Cassel’s scheduled to make $7.5 million this year, which would be acceptable if he was good, but he wasn’t last year. He ranked 32nd in the league in passer rating, and was benched in favor of Brady Quinn.

Questions about free agent Quinn’s future also drew tepid non-answers, but Reid showed some degree of enthusiasm about Ricky Stanzi, who was deemed unfit to play for a horrible offense last year.

“I watched a ton of his from college,’’ Reid said. “I watched all of it. I watched everything he has from here. There’s just not that much of it. That’s a hard [evaluation]. You want to see them in games. I’ve heard good things about him, both of those guys [including Cassel] and actually Brady, too. But with Stanzi you just don’t have as much information.

“There’s probably not enough on Ricky [to have an informed opinion], certainly not enough on what we’ll ask him to do. Matt, you’ve got a little better feel about just because there’s more snaps. Matt’s a good football player.’’

There was little evidence of that on display last season, and little reason to think the Chiefs want to invest any more in him.

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22 Responses to “Reid hems and haws about Matt Cassel’s future in KC”
  1. raiderapologist says: Feb 8, 2013 8:58 AM

    Jason Campbell would be an upgrade over Cassel, and wouldn’t cost 7.5M.

  2. eagleempire says: Feb 8, 2013 9:05 AM

    The tap dance has begun in K.C. Good luck with that

  3. threeskis says: Feb 8, 2013 9:06 AM

    It’s only just begun KC…the non-committal statements, the say nothing news conferences, gotta do a better job interjections, I take full responsibilty….blah blah blah….

  4. mazblast says: Feb 8, 2013 9:06 AM

    He said “Matt’s a good football player.” He didn’t say he was a good NFL football player.

    And apparently he had nothing to say about The Great Brady Quinn, Quarterback From Notre Dame.

  5. fordmandalay says: Feb 8, 2013 9:16 AM

    Hey Andy, maybe you should trade Cassel to the Cards for Kevin Kolb and a couple of draft picks! Reid is like the ‘Nigerian email scam’ with QBs, and the Cards are always willing suckers with their money.

  6. slickster35 says: Feb 8, 2013 9:45 AM

    There would be another fan revolt if Cassel made the team again.

  7. wcdunkenfield says: Feb 8, 2013 9:54 AM

    Welcome to The Media Prevarication World of Andy Reid, Kansas City. Soon you will be treated to a stream of non-committal one-word phrases, and something we in Philadelphia always enjoyed, a scowl and a “Time’s yours…”

    I’m thinking 5-11 for the 2013 Chiefs.

  8. jprcox says: Feb 8, 2013 9:56 AM

    What do you want him to say at this point? Until the free agency and the draft is done he has to consider one of these guys may be his QB for the season – at which point he will say it was his plan all the time and he has 100% faith in Cassel/Quinn.

  9. kc571 says: Feb 8, 2013 9:59 AM

    All this said, why didn’t Stanzi see the field? As bad as it got, give him a chance. Get some tape on him RAC. #fail

  10. joetoronto says: Feb 8, 2013 10:08 AM

    “Cassel’s scheduled to make $7.5 million this year, which would be acceptable if he was good, but he wasn’t last year. He ranked 32nd in the league in passer rating, and was benched in favor of Brady Quinn.”

    Wow.

    First of all, just the fact that Cassel’s making 7.5 million, now throw in the fact that he got replaced by Brady friggin Quinn.

    Amazing, just amazing. SMH.

  11. newagerocker says: Feb 8, 2013 10:16 AM

    I have to do a better job with putting the QB in a better position to make the team. Time’s yours…

  12. dolphins4 says: Feb 8, 2013 10:18 AM

    They should trade Cassell and a draft pick to New England for the QB from Arkansas.

  13. yelix says: Feb 8, 2013 10:23 AM

    I don’t care if Reid is noncommittal when it talks to the media as long as he fields a competitive football team.

    He’s just being nice. Cassel is gone.

  14. tvguy22 says: Feb 8, 2013 10:24 AM

    A non-answer from Andy Reid? Have fun, KC.

  15. johnnyoclock says: Feb 8, 2013 10:45 AM

    When asked about Cassel being ranked 32nd in passer rating last year with the Chiefs while Reid was with the Eagles, Reid said:

    “I take full responsiblity for that”

  16. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Feb 8, 2013 10:49 AM

    kc will soon know they will learn absolutely nothing by listening to what andy reid says. andy says enough words to pass the league’s mandate for press access, but there is no content in the words. ever.

  17. gnorules says: Feb 8, 2013 11:10 AM

    KC has an ok defense. So why aren’t they trying to pull a Denver from two years ago and go grab Tebow from the Jets for a bag of footballs and some foot long hot dogs and go all run all the time with JC and JC on the field (you know Jamal Charles and Jesus on the football field).

  18. mancave001 says: Feb 8, 2013 12:10 PM

    “Reid is like the ‘Nigerian email scam’ with QBs”

    —————

    ROTFLMAO

  19. capslockkey says: Feb 8, 2013 1:09 PM

    “kc will soon know they will learn absolutely nothing by listening to what andy reid says. andy says enough words to pass the league’s mandate for press access, but there is no content in the words. ever.”

    Compared to how the last two coaches in KC handled media questions, Reid is almost sharing too much information. Every Crennel interview was filled with “I don’t know” and “I have no idea”.

  20. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Feb 8, 2013 1:44 PM

    Translated: I haven’t found his replacement yet, but I’m working on it.

  21. jwcarlson says: Feb 8, 2013 2:22 PM

    One would imagine that with the crop of QBs in this draft you’ve got to cut the cord with Cassel, let Stanzi go through the offseason as the starter and see what he can do. No clue why this didn’t happen last year. You’ve gotta give the young guy a shot as he is more or less an unknown quantity in the NFL… Cassel and Quin are known.

    Are there better QBs available on the market, yes, but none of them are franchise type guys. Roll with Stanzi, maybe you hit the jackpot and maybe you don’t, but that at least lines you up for a decent pick next year again.

    Gotta imagine the best course of action is to trade down/out of the first round and collect a wad of picks for 2013/2014 and start building.

  22. mrphatal says: Feb 8, 2013 3:28 PM

    Translated ” We got to do a better job”

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