Thursday, June 7, 2012
New coach thinks Matt Cassel is a winner
By Bill Williamson
Quarterbacks are measured on victories. That’s one of the reason why new Kansas City offensive coordinator Brian Daboll believes in Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel.
Daboll points to Cassel’s 11-win season in New England in 2008 (when he spelled an injured Tom Brady) and his 10-win season in 2010 as evidence that Cassel is and can continue be an effective NFL quarterback.
“He’s been a winner,” Daboll told reporters in Kansas City of Cassel on Thursday. “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.”
In other AFC West notes:
I know a lot of readers are connecting pass-rusher Aaron Kampman, cut by Jacksonville on Thursday, and the Raiders because he was in Green Bay with new Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie. However, I think the Raiders are set on the defensive line. Plus, Kampman is very banged up.
Kansas City coach Romeo Crennel said Thursday he expects running Jamaal Charles to go to the doctor soon in an attempt to get cleared for training camp. There aren’t expected to be any issues with Charles -- who was lost for the 2011 season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee in Week 2 -- receiving clearance.
The Seahawks invited linebacker Brian Banks to their minicamp after giving him a tryout Thursday. The Chiefs have been interested in giving him a tryout. Banks was recently exonerated from a sexual assault charge on which he was convicted 10 years ago. He was 16 and prized USC recruit when he went to jail. He is now 26.
Crennel said Thursday the Chiefs would still like to work Banks out. However, Seattle has to be considered the favorite to sign him. I think if Banks works well in a practice setting, the Seahawks will sign him. Seattle coach Pete Carroll is the man who recruited him at USC.
The Chiefs believe newly signed tight end Martin Rucker may have a torn ACL. He was a bit of a long shot to make the 53-man roster.