Thoughts on Cassel going to Hawaii

January, 20, 2011
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The Kansas City Chiefs have officially announced that quarterback Matt Cassel has been named to the Pro Bowl in Hawaii on Jan 30. Cassel replaces an injured Tom Brady (didn’t that happen somewhere before?) as the No. 1 alternate.

The following are some random thoughts on Cassel’s promotion:

This is a nice reward for a player who made great strides in his second season in Kansas City. Cassel threw 27 touchdowns and seven interceptions this season. Cassel’s season deserves to end in Hawaii.

Currently, two of the three quarterbacks on the AFC roster are from the AFC West. Cassel joins San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers and Indianapolis’ Peyton Manning. This is shaping up to be a pretty good division for quarterbacks, especially if Oakland’s Jason Campbell and Denver’s Tim Tebow continue to make strides. This group of quarterbacks is a lot better than it was a couple of years ago when Cassel was unproven and JaMarcus Russell was in Oakland.

It is feasible that four of the 11 players on the AFC's offense at a given time will be wearing the Chiefs’ red helmet. Cassel joins running back Jamaal Charles, receiver Dwayne Bowe and guard Brian Waters on the team. It’s a reminder that there’s a pretty nice nucleus in Kansas City.

The fact that there are four Pro Bowl players on this offense has to be attractive to prospective offensive coordinator candidates. The search for Charlie Weis’ replacement has been very quiet.

Cassel -- who replaced Brady in the first game of the 2008 season -- will reunite with his former New England coaching staff for a week. Bill Belichick and his staff are coaching the team.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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