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Thursday, June 14, 2012
Matt Cassel getting used to new center

By Bill Williamson

As Matt Cassel prepares to play in Brian Daboll’s offense, the Kansas City Chiefs’ quarterback is dealing with another major adjustment.

Facing a new rear end.

The Chiefs are transitioning from center Casey Wiegmann to second-year center Rodney Hudson. Cassel and Hudson have spent major time this offseason, getting acclimated with each other.

So far, so good, says Cassel.

“It’s always different when you have a different rear end in front of you, so to speak,” Cassel said in quotes distributed by the team. “I can’t say enough about Rodney and what he’s done so far.”

Cassel praised Hudson for his ability to mentally grasp the new position.

“He’s done a great job adjusting so far and he’s been handling a lot of calls up front, and he’s done a great job recognizing front and blitzes and doing all that, so like I said, he’s caught up to speed right now and I expect good things from him,” Cassel said of the Hudson, a second-round pick from Florida State in 2011.

One of the reasons why Cassel is confident in Hudson is because he saw Hudson learn from Wiegmann, who has played more than 11,000 consecutive snaps. He is expected to retire.

“Casey Wiegmann is a guy that had an unbelievable career, was a staple for us these last few years, a guy with tremendous experience,” Cassel said. “Now, Rodney is coming up and he’s done a great job so far, and he’s also learned a lot from Casey. I think it was a great year for him to be able to learn from such a professional like Casey.”