Were We Wrong On Kansas City Chiefs QB Matt Cassel?

KANSAS CITY MO - OCTOBER 24: Quarterback Matt Cassel #7 of the Kansas City Chiefs passes during the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on October 24 2010 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

We predicted Matt Cassel would hold the Chiefs back this year. Cassel's last four games would suggest otherwise.

I've got no qualms about admitting I was wrong with the Kansas City Chiefs. I thought signing Ty Law would put the Chiefs in the Super Bowl. I was wrong. I thought signing Larry Johnson to a long-term contract was a good move at the time. I was wrong. I thought Jamaal Charles couldn't keep up his ridiculous yards per carry rate. I was wrong.

Was I wrong about QB Matt Cassel?

I've been critical of the Chiefs QB early in the season because I thought he would hold them back. I thought the Chiefs were ready to compete right now with their running game and the play of the defense but Cassel would prevent them from becoming a legitimate contender.

Perhaps I was wrong. Over the last month, Cassel has performed very efficiently putting the Chiefs in a position to win even though they've gone 2-2 over the last month.

Via @ChiefsPR:

QB Matt Cassel has a 108.9 passer rating over his last four games - the best mark of any QB in the league over that span (min. 100 atts).

That's right. Matt Cassel is among the most efficient quarterbacks in the league the last four games.

I could understand what the Chiefs were trying to do with Cassel. They wanted him to manage the game, convert key third downs and protect the football. Guess what? He's done that. In a big way.

Cassel is completing 63 percent of his passes over the last four games and has a superb 8:1 touchdown to interception ratio. He's not getting sacked -- just three over the last four games -- and his QB rating has been over 100 three of the last four games.

Clearly he's doing some things right.

The Chiefs offense is built on the running game. That's always the priority. But what they needed to do on top of that to really become a team that folks are scared of is come up with a passing game that will make you pay for selling out to stop the run. Cassel has done just that. He's not going Kurt Warner on you throwing for 400+ yards but he is efficiently moving the ball down the field and -- the big one -- he isn't turning it over.

I'm not ready quite yet to say I was completely wrong on Cassel but his last four games are steering me in that direction.

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