Though he's only led one team in his career to the playoffs, Matt Cassel has already made a believer out of new Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Brian Daboll.
"He's been a winner," Daboll told reporters Thursday, according to ESPN.com. "He's had two 10-plus win seasons. I did a study just this offseason about 10-plus-win quarterbacks, which is what you're defined by, obviously. There's been nine of them in the last four years that have had two or more 10-plus win seasons in the regular season, and Matt is one of them.
"The other ones being Brady, (Drew) Brees, (Aaron) Rodgers, Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, Eli (Manning), (Joe) Flacco, (Matt) Ryan, so he's been a winner. He works his tail off in the classroom. I think he's done a good job in these OTAs, and I'm looking forward to working with him."
At least Daboll didn't overdo it or anything, comparing Cassel to the very best quarterbacks in the league.
One of Cassel's 10 win seasons came in New England in 2008, when Cassel took over for the injured Tom Brady. Though the Patriots finished 11-5 that season, they failed to make the playoffs.
Hyperbole aside, it's good for both Cassel and the Chiefs that Cassel has earned the trust and praise of the new offensive coordinator. Many consider this to be a make-or-break year for Cassel, who will be looking to lead the Chiefs back to the playoffs in a suddenly very competitive AFC West.
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