Brian Daboll talks up Matt Cassel

February, 7, 2012
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Last week, the Kansas City Chiefs' brass said quarterback Matt Cassel will have competition for the starting job.

However, the team’s new offensive coordinator made it clear Tuesday that Cassel has a strong chance of remaining the starter. Cassel played for new Kansas City offensive coordinator Brian Daboll for his first two years of his career in New England.

"A have a lot of confidence in Matt Cassel. I've watched him on tape and I know the player,” said Daboll according to the team’s website.

These comments backup what I have thought. There may be some competition, but unless there is an unforeseen addition, Cassel is the player the Chiefs expected to be their starting quarterback in 2012.

Meanwhile, Kansas City coach Romeo Crennel said he wants quarterbacks coach Jim Zorn to stay on the staff. Zorn was bypassed for the offensive coordinator job when Crennel hired Daboll.

Meanwhile, the Steelers formally announced the hiring of Todd Haley as offensive coordinator. He was fired as Kansas City’s head coach in December.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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