“That’s when you want everything operating smoothly,” Haley said. “Something would go wrong – a receiver would drop the ball or run the wrong route. I know how important Friday (practice) is, so I’m letting loose.
“Multiple times, I go to Matt, ‘You’ve got to be mad. You’ve got to be upset.’ (He would answer), ‘I am upset.’ Well, you’ve got to show it.”
Haley wasn’t the only one alarmed by Cassel’s silence. Super Bowl quarterback-turned-NFL analyst Rich Gannon also was aghast when watching Cassel stay mum following mistakes in a mid-December practice before playing Cleveland. The Chiefs lost that game, 41-34, with Cassel completing 55 percent of his passes. He posted the same mediocre average during the regular season, ranking only 27th among qualifying NFL quarterbacks with at least 224 pass attempts.
“(Gannon) comes to me and says, ‘So-and-so dropped the ball. Why isn’t (Cassel) after him?’” Haley recounted. “I said, ‘Rich, you need to sit and talk to Matt, quarterback to quarterback.’”