Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Matt Cassel at peace with offseason
By Bill Williamson
Matt Cassel is not focusing on whom the Kansas City Chiefs didn’t add this offseason. Instead, he is concentrating on whom the team brought in.
Much was made of the Chiefs’ attempt to pursue Peyton Manning. In the end, Manning chose to focus on other teams, and the Chiefs plan to move forward with Cassel.
The Chiefs added several pieces, including key offensive players such as right tackle Eric Winston, running back Peyton Hillis and tight end Kevin Boss.
Speaking to reporters during Chiefs offseason workouts, Cassel expressed excitement about the talent added to an already-explosive offense.
“I’m excited about all of the additions that we’ve made this offseason, especially offensively,” Cassel said. “Eric Winston is a guy that’s been a proven right tackle in this league for a long period of time. You’ve got Peyton Hillis that is going to give us more depth at the running back position and Boss is coming in at the tight end position as well. … I’ve gotten a chance to meet these guys over the last few days and they’re hard workers and you can tell that they’re eager to get started themselves.”
Asked about how he dealt with the news that the Chiefs were interested in Manning, Cassel praised general manager Scott Pioli for the way he handled the situation.
“It was one of those things where the Kansas City Chiefs were very open with me,” Cassel said. “Scott Pioli and everybody were open with the fact that they were going to reach out to Peyton. For me, I don’t take any disrespect in it. Peyton Manning is Peyton Manning, and he’s one of the best quarterbacks to ever play this game, so how can you take disrespect in that? The fact is he didn’t end up here, and we’re going to be competing against him twice a year, which will be fun and I’m looking forward to the competition. It’ll be fun.”
Especially with all of his new toys.