While most Chiefs fans hold their collective breath waiting for a new head coach announcement out of Kansas City, they might be surprised by another announcement that appears imminent. The rumors are swirling that new G.M. Scott Pioli isn’t taking long to loot his old team in New England of their backup to Tom Brady, QB Matt Cassel. Word on the street is the Chiefs are having talks with Cassel and might bring the former USC benchwarmer in with a new coach very soon.
Some KC locals think Tyler Thigpen is the answer going forward. Everyone is allowed to have an opinion of course, but two wins compared to 11 pretty much seals the argument in Cassel’s favor. Could he be the next Scott Mitchell? Sure, or he could be the next Tom Brady. Cassel might end up like other QB’s who weren’t drafted by their current teams like Kurt Warner, Drew Brees, or even Brett Farve. (Farve was drafted by Atlanta originally in case your brain stuttered over that one.)
Considering KC’s track record of developing drafted QB’s, making a play for Cassel wouldn’t be a bad idea. The Patriots have until Feb. 19 to franchise Cassel, so circle that date on your calendar. The long and the short of it is that the Chiefs can afford Cassel, and they definitely have a need at QB despite Thiggy Smalls performance last season. Having two starting-caliber QB’s is becoming vogue in the NFL now due to the massive amounts of injuries at the position. Chiefs fans would have to consider themselves lucky to have a Cassel and a Thigpen considering the ridiculous Brokie Croyle circus Herm brought to town the last few years.
In addition to potentially signing Matt Cassel, there are also rumors O’ plenty about shipping Larry Johnson and even Tony Gonzalez out of town on rails. One, a malcontent RB who may well not have a lot left in the tank after signing a hefty contract. The other, a wily veteran TE whose value may never be higher after another Pro Bowl season. Public sentiment seems to be keep Citizen Tony and boot crybaby L.J. — diapers and all. However, these opinions are formed with three parts emotion and one part logic considering LJ’s legal “issues” (which would maybe be non issues outside the KC fishbowl), and Tony G’s local celebrity status.
Don’t unbuckle those football helmets just because the Super Bowl is over just yet Chiefs fans…we have quite a few more things to look forward to this season, and expect them to come soon.