Why McDaniels Wanted Cassel Over Cutler

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It is a beautiful thing to see the whole Broncos Nation flipped upside down with all this Jay Cutler drama going on, and the cause of it all is our man Matt Cassel.  Why did the Broncos want Cassel over Cutler so bad?  I know Josh McDaniels worked with Matt Cassel all last year, but I believe it goes deeper than that.  I mean Jay Cutler is a decent QB, so why were they willing to ship him away?  It is simple.  Matt Cassel > Jay Cutler.  Here is why.

2008 Stats

Player Comp Att Pct Att/G Yds Avg Yds/G TD Int QB Rating
Matt Cassel 327 516 63.4 32.2 3,693 7.2 230.8 21 11 89.2
Jay Cutler 384 616 62.3 38.5 4,526 7.3 282.9 25 18 86.0

The stats don’t lie.  Our boy MC was better than Jay Cutler in pretty much every stat last year.  We are talking about basically a rookie in Matt Cassel, who hasn’t been a starter since high-school, doing better than a “established” starter in the NFL.

This is what intrigues and excites me the most.  Last year, all I ever heard anyone say about Tyler Thigpen was that ” oh, he’s basically a rookie and look how he’s doing, he’s got such potential,”  and rightly so.  I was one of those people.  Well, look how well Matt Cassel did last year and he was basically in the same boat as Thigpen, having never been a starter.

On the other hand, Jay Cutler showed great potential coming into the league, but what Josh McDaniels might be worried about is that Jay is leveling off and starting to show his true colors.  Don’t get me wrong, I will give credit when credit is due and JC is a good QB. But  I’m sure McDaniels took into account both players’ potential, and having seen MC first hand for an entire year he felt persuaded to go after Matt.

The bottom line is this:  If Jay Cutler was better than Matt Cassel or even as good,  then Josh McDaniels and the Broncos front office would not have gone after Cassel.  Less than six months to go until 2009 kickoff and, no, I cannot wait.  If the Donkeys ship Cutler away, that’s great for us.  If they keep him, it will just heat up the rivalry.  This year is going to be fun, folks.

(Go vote for who the Chiefs should take in our sister site Phin Phanatic’s interactive mock draft, as our Red and Gold is on the clock. Should be interesting! – Adam)

Topics: Denver Broncos, Jay Cutler, Josh Mcdaniels, Kansas City Chiefs, Matt Cassel

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