Still, anything less than an AFC West title, or at least a wild-card playoff berth, will be considered a failure this season – and Cassel, in the public’s eye, will be the scapegoat. Cries for drafting and developing a quarterback for the future will be loud in 2013 if the Chiefs stumble in mediocrity this year.
“He can be good enough for us to win a championship,” Pioli said of the quarterback he brought with him from New England after Cassel, in his first opportunity to start since high school, took over for an injured Tom Brady and went 11-5 in 2008.
“I’ve seen teams with situations similar to what the Patriots had in 2008 make changes with a quarterback, and the team completely tanked,” Pioli said. “That team won 11 games ” not in spite of him, but because of him, at times.