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.