Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Matt Cassel struggled playing catch-up
By Bill Williamson
Whoever is going to be Matt Cassel’s offensive coordinator in Kansas City in 2011, there is one area that needs to be addressed quickly.
While Cassel, who is in Hawaii for his first Pro Bowl appearance this week, made great strides in 2010, he was lacking badly in one area. Cassel had difficulty playing from behind.
When the Chiefs trailed, Cassel struggled and had a difficult time trying to bring his team back.
According to ESPN Stats and Information, Cassel had a 78.9 pass rating when his team was behind, which was 24th in the NFL. In a 30-7 loss to visiting Baltimore during an AFC wild-card game on Jan. 9, Cassel was 5-for-14 with three interceptions and a 4.8 passer rating while the Chiefs were behind.
Cassel had a passer rating of 96.6 and he threw 11 touchdowns and one interception when the Chiefs were ahead this season. Cassel threw nine touchdowns and one interception with a passer rating of 108.0 when the Chiefs were tied. But when Kansas City was down, Cassel threw seven touchdowns and five of his seven interceptions.
If Cassel wants to continue to improve, he has to do a better job leading his team from behind.