Todd Haley was on the hot seat. Matt Cassel was being run out of town for the chance to draft Andrew Luck. The Chiefs were sliding into the AFC West basement faster than anyone could even understand. And then, just like that, the Kansas City Chiefs are back. And with it comes the recognition that Matt Cassel deserves after a four touchdown performance against the Indianapolis Colts to help the Chiefs keep pace with the Chargers and Raiders.
Peter King recognized Cassel today in his famous Monday Morning Quarterback column for Sports Illustrated as the top offensive player in Week Five in the NFL. He writes, “Kansas City QB Matt Cassel, the embattled one, completed 21 of 29 for 257 yards, with four touchdowns and no interceptions, and he brought the Chiefs back from a 24-7 deficit at Indianapolis. It’s hard to feel more pressure than the Chiefs were feeling at 0-3, with questions about whether the coach AND quarterback would be back next year. Cassel aced this test.”
The Chiefs have an incredibly tough schedule the rest of the way so it’s a perfect time for Matt Cassel to find his stride. With the addition of Jonathan Baldwin to the line-up soon enough, it’s possible that Cassel gets even better.