Eric Winston Blasts Chiefs Fans For Cheering About Matt Cassel’s Injury

When Kansas City Chiefs QB Matt Cassel went down with an apparent head injury in Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens, some of the fans in Arrowhead Stadium cheered.

The situation was a little confusing. Many of the fans had been booing Cassel most of the game. They were making it clear that they wanted him on the bench. There were cheers for backup QB Brady Quinn to come into the game.

I wasn’t at Arrowhead but Arrowhead Addict’s co-founder Adam Best, was. He told me moments ago that he didn’t think the crowd was necessarily cheering because Cassel was hurt. He thought that most were just cheering when they saw Brady Quinn coming into the game.

More than likely, there some fans that were glad Cassel was hurt. There were probably some that cheered when just because they were excited to see Quinn. Still others may have been applauding Cassel for getting up and walking off the field, which is customary fan behavior when a player is injured.

But if there was even one person cheering because they were glad Cassel was hurt, then that person was out of line.

After the game, Chiefs RT Eric Winston sat and talked with a bunch of reporters. Winston was furious when he heard some of the fans cheering after Cassel went down. Here is what he had to say:

“We are athletes, OK? We are athletes. We are not gladiators. This is not the Roman Coliseum. People pay their hard-earned money when they come in here and I believe they can boo, they can cheer and they can do whatever they want, I believe that. We are lucky to play this game. People, it’s hard to economic times, and they still pay the money to do this.

“But when somebody gets hurt, there are long lasting ramifications to the game we play, long lasting ramifications to the game we play. I’ve already kinda come to the understanding that I won’t live as long because I play this game and that’s OK, that’s a choice I’ve made and a choice all of us have made.

“But when you cheer, when you cheer somebody getting knocked out, I don’t care who it is, and it just so happened to be Matt Cassel — it’s sickening. It’s 100 percent sickening. I’ve been in some rough times on some rough teams, I’ve never been more embarrassed in my life to play football than in that moment right there.

“I get emotional about it because these guys, they work their butts off. Matt Cassel hasn’t done anything to you people, hasn’t done anything to you people. Hasn’t done anything to the media writers that kill him, hasn’t done anything wrong to the people that come out here and cheer him. Hey, if he’s not the best quarterback then he’s not the best quarterback and that’s OK. But he’s a person. And he got knocked out in a game and we have 70,000 people cheering that he got knocked out?

“Boo him all you want. Boo me all you want. Throw me under the bus. Tell me I’m doing a bad job. Say I gotta protect him more. Do whatever you want. Say whatever you want. But if you are one of those people, one of those people that were out there cheering or even smiled when he got knocked out, I just want to let you know, and I want everybody to know that I think it’s sickening and disgusting. We are not gladiators and this is not the Roman Coliseum. This is a game.

“I’ll sit here and I’ll answer all your questions for the next 30 minutes if you want to ask them and I’ll take all the responsibility I can take because I deserve it but don’t blame a guy, and don’t cheer for a guy who has done everything in his power to play as good as he can for the fans.

“It’s sickening. And I was embarrassed. I want every single one of you people to put this on your station and in your newspapers because I want every fan to know that. This is a game that’s going to cost us a lot down the road. That’s OK. We picked it, we deserve it and I don’t want your pity. But we have a lot of problems as a society if people think that’s OK.

“I’ll get off my soap box and you guys can ask any football question you want.”

Thanks to Arrowhead Pride for the transcript of Winston’s comments.

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  • chiefx22

    Personally, I was cheering cause Brady Quinn was in the game. But inside I felt good that Cassel couldn’t come back into the game. Just like I’m sure everyone watching was happy when Rice took himself out late in the game after DJ hit him hard enough to make him gimpy.

    • tm1946

      Yeah, sure. Quinn has not been any good since he left ND. But everyone was cheering for him to save this year’s team.

      • chiefx22

        He looked pretty good today. 111 QB rating and a pass that hit Bowe on the run for a TD that was called back. I haven’t seen Cassel hit anyone on the run in 5 games. Quinn looked like he was the starter and Cassel the back up

        • Carter Mason

          To be fair, Cassel threw a brilliant TD pass to Boss for his first TD of the year. Of course, it was Cassel’s crappy pass that positioned Boss to get injured on another play, and we lost him for the season. I didn’t cheer for Cassel getting injured, but I probably scared my neighbors cheering for Quinn coming into the game.

    • Cha-iefs

      I was raised to never cheer a injury or for one. I remember the first time i said something along the lines of , ” I hope they break him in half.” My father wasn’t pleased to say the least. Respect,sportmanship, and the love for the game was taught to us at a very young age by my father. Morals on the football field are more important then skills, he said. In high school, Some of my best friends were the same guys I tried to hit as hard as i could. It was always the game nothing more. We never wanted to see anyone get hurt. To even feel good inside about the injury isn’t good. I can assure you i was watching Ray Rice and I WASN’T cheering or happy he was possibly hurt. So not “everyone”.

  • echo6

    Cassel should never have been in there in the first place. Maybe he should start he should stop talking and do more blocking. I think the Cassel would like it.

    • everyone but echo6

      And people like you were itching to man the “Bring Matt Cassel/ Todd Haley/ Scott Pioli to town” Gloryhole. Die on the toilet from dysentary

  • Joe Black

    Winston is correct, when a player get hurts you shouldn’t cheer for it, if that is really what happened. However, Chiefs need a new quarterback and I think it’s pretty evident.

  • chiefx22

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Cassel lines up in practice this week as the starter and a second stringer takes a cheap shot on Cassel to make sure he doesn’t blow another good defensive performance. A top 10 defense and a top 5 offense shouldn’t have to suffer another Cassel outing. Getting hurt mentally can be just as bad as a physical injury, and that’s what Cassel is giving millions of Chief fans.

    • KC-sport-fan

      HAHA top 5 offense… Wow you legitamently know nothing about football if you think we have a top 5 offense. We have a decent running game, and one reciever. Everyone who just read that comment instantly lost IQ points. Then just when I thought you’d said the dumbest thing possible… You start on this getting hurt mentally crap. Just a ridiculous post.

      • Danny W

        By the numbers a week or so back we were top five, but it was garbage time yards. Still yet though man we have all the tools to be even better than that on offense.

        • KC-sports-fan

          No we don’t Charles won’t be able to stay healthy if we feed him the ball like we’re doing now. Baldwin and Breaston can’t get open. Moeaki is having an absolutely terrible year coming off of his injury. Our O line is banged up but good. We haven’t found a reliable back up RB. Bowe is our only recieving weapon, and even he has suspect hands, and isn’t really a deep threat. We don’t have many weapons in this offense we will struggle all year.

  • BurtGummer44

    The fans weren’t cheering his injury; they were cheering a chance to correct a horrendously bad quarterbacking situation that everyone can see needs correcting… for a few highly placed KC Chief executives.

    • Patrick Allen

      I think some were probably cheering for the injury.

      • tm1946

        Absolutely. we had this discussion last week and I told anyone who would listen the “fans” as Arrowhead are not the same that used to be there. Tailgating and drunks are the new norm. Sorry but that is what it is with today’s Arrowhead.

      • Jim Harper

        Very few Paddy. One is too many, but Winston said 70,000. I am sure he did not mean that, but rather was caught up in the moment emotionally.

  • Justin R Groth

    Totally agree I mean its one thing if he got pulled but no he got hurt. He laid on his back and didn’t move, I wouldnt cheer about it of it was a RAIDER. I was embarresed to be a chief fan for the first time in my life.

    • Jim Harper

      You need to learn a little more about sportsmanship. It is never okay to cheer for a player getting hurt. Not even a Raider!

      • Justin R Groth

        It was supposed to be wouldn’t but I didn’t put the puncuation mark so it auto correct. What i was trying to say I wouldn’t cheer for a player being injured not EVEN a RAIDER. I appologize for not makeing sure it said what i wanted it to right away.

  • ChiefsFan7

    I agree with Winston initially. I don’t want to see Cassel get hurt. I don’t want to see ANY player of any team get hurt. When Cassel didn’t get up, I cringed and was scared for him. Cheering or even being excited about a QB change did not cross my mind at that moment. He’s a person. He has a wife and a child. No one deserves to get hurt in this sport. No one.

    That said, I do think it was really lame of Winston to assume that everyone at Arrowhead was cheering for Cassel’s demise. Yeah, there were people who were. There’s no doubt about that. Yeah, there are going to be jerks in every fan base, but assuming that all the KC fans were happy about his injury is just wrong. I think most of us can agree that we didn’t want Cassel in the game, but this was NOT the way that we wanted him to be benched. Shame on Winston for assuming all KC fans are jerks.

  • booyousir

    Earth to Winston: It was a FIRST DOWN. thats what we were cheering, no one noticed cassel on the turf til the play was over from my section, but yeah, all 70k fans were cheering

    • Rabid Chiefs Fan

      You’re dead on. My wife & I were on the opposite end too. I didnt even realize that Matt had been injured because of the BIG 16 yd catch & run by Charles. Eveyone was on there feet cheering (except the all too numerous Ravens fans). I do know a lot of them began cheering when they saw Matt withering on the ground, but NO Chiefs fans in our area were cheering that Cassel was down & apparently injured.
      It was obvious that the offense came back out after Matt’s injury PISSED and began blocking and running better & harder than they had in the 2nd. You could see the fire & determination return.
      The two things that sickened me were the excessively large number of Ravens fans in attendance AND all the empty seats on the Club level. It looked like less than 25% of the ticket holders there even bothered to show up. While my wife & I struggle EACH & EVERY year to pay for our season tickets but these folks just throw theirs in the garbage. I just don’t get it. I guess they have money to burn.
      And for those fans, whether Chiefs or Ravens, that did cheer for Matt getting injured …. SHAME ON YOU!

      • DoubleD

        I’m also a season ticket holder and so I was at the game. Maybe I wasn’t paying that close of attention but I honestly did not hear anybody cheering for the fact that Cassel was hurt, or maybe was not aware that that was going on if indeed that was the case. I do remember cheering about getting that first down though. If people were cheering about Cassel’s injury then that is just plain wrong and shameworthy.

  • natasha2marie

    There are several aspects to this situation that Winston didn’t account for. First of all, and most importantly, the Chiefs had just earned the first down, so we were excited about that. It took a few moments before anyone really realized that Cassel was hurt. Secondly, there were quite a few Ravens fans in attendance (and, inexplicably, Packers fans), and they were cheering the hit. And finally, the fans in my corner clapped and cheered politely when Cassel left the field, just as they do when any player gets hurt and walks off. Then there was huge applause when Quinn took the field.

    Winston should leave the politics to the coaches, or at least a veteran of the Chiefs say it. Instead a guy who’s played five games for the Chiefs criticized a fanbase that he barely understands.

    • Danny W

      I like your take Natasha.

    • Jim Lincoln

      Mr. Winston would like to talk to you now.

  • Lyle Graversen

    The only part I disagree with is the 70,000 people line. I don’t think anyone can make a rational claim that the entire stadium cheered that he was hurt. I wasn’t there, but just based off fans I’ve heard at other games I have no doubt that there were SOME that cheered that he was hurt and I think Winston is spot on with his take about that.

    • Norman Gunn

      It was obvious he didn’t really mean 70k fans. It was the heat of the moment in his speech and later specified what he meant.

  • Cha-iefs

    I like Eric Winston even more now.

  • chiefridgy

    I watch the game from my couch. I did not cheer because he got injured I cheered because I knew Quinn was coming in the game

  • Randy5k

    What happened in my area of the field was that the fans focused on Brady
    throwing the ball near the sideline before I think most of us saw that
    it was actually Matt on the carpet.

    The cheering started because
    it was a common discussion that we needed to bench Matt, brought on by
    the “Fire Pioli, Bench Cassel” sign being towed behind a little airplane
    before the game and everyone got excited before it was clear Matt was

    We were even chanting BRADY BRADY before the injury to Matt.

    Nobody that I was near cheered because Matt was hurt.

    The Arrowhead Adventurer

  • Slider

    I was at Arrowhead Sunday in the end zone nearest to where the play began. Fans had been booing Cassel since the 1st Qtr, especially after every turnover. There were 30 to 40 people behind where we were sitting that had been chanting Quinn, Quinn for quite a while before that play. With so many running plays, any pass play was cheered.

    On the that play, fans in my section were cheering the first down. It was not immediately obvious that Cassel was down until after the play was over for a few seconds.

    I felt that there were a few that did cheer when they saw Cassel down, but it was hard to tell because people were cheering Quinn coming on the field, also.

    It is wrong to cheer any injured player, especially your own Qb at home. But, most of the fans felt he should not have been in there in the first place. But, not everyone was cheering the injury. Most everyone in my section respectfully cheered when he got up and walked off. It was genuine, not fake.

  • Kyle Jackson

    Our seats are at the opposite endzone of where Cassel went down, and hell at that point nobody knew he was down, and we were cheering the first down. Now I’ll admit when we seen Brady warming up on the field, we knew it was Cassel on the ground, but to be fair for the previous 2 quarters of play we had been booing poor playcalls and worse play from Cassel. All the while chanting for Quinn during, so when Quinn started tossing them we started cheering. Not at Cassel’s injury(or likely lack there of), but for the change that should have happened a long time before.

    • Danny W

      Thats a bit of perspective there brother I don’t think some get.

  • Michael Cupp

    How DARE you Eric Winston lump all 70,000 fans into your statement…HOW DARE YOU!!! I was THERE!! There were a few idiots cheering when Matt got hurt, but NOT 70,000 of us. I am livid you include my wife and I in your blanket statement. We have been season ticket holders for 12+ years. We have been to nearly EVERY home game, NEVER leave our seats until the final whistle (no matter how bad the score is) and have sat through EVERY miserable minute this team has put us through. We have endured 40+ years without as much as an appearance in the Super Bowl and our season is usually over the first week in January. You sir on the other hand have just brought your sorry ass to Kansas City because that is where your agent could get you the most money (partially MY money I may add). You have no loyalty to this team or this CITY!!! Even IF I would have been one of the morons who was cheering, I HAVE EARNED THAT RIGHT!!! Maybe if you would have been earning the money we the fans pay you, Matt wouldn’t have gone down. Again HOW DARE YOU INCLUDE ME AND MY WIFE IN YOUR BLANKET STATEMENT!!

    • Carter Mason

      I have not been impressed with Winston, and his words about Chiefs fans after only his fifth game makes me feel like he can walk though the same door as Cassel and Pioli, as far as I’m concerned. By the way, jury’s out for me… Crennel coached well last year with a non-Cassel QB

      • Lyle Graversen

        I disagree, I think WInston is a stand up guy. After some of the earlier embarrassing loses Winston was one of the only guys willing to stick around and answer all the media’s questions. The guy is sticking up for an injured teammate even though he knows it goes against public opinion. I 100% agree that he was wrong for insinuating that all the fans were cheering, but I think Winston has shown a lot of character leadership, and accountability thus far and that is something that this team could use more of.

        • Krans

          Wow Michael calm the hell down, Winston is 100% right here. He obviously didn’t think every fan in the stadium was booing it’s a heat of the moment type of deal and he’s trying to make a point — one he’s actually right about.

          I couldn’t be happier to have Winston on this team, we need more like him.

          • Patrick Allen

            I am sure Winston didn’t mean to insult all of the fans just like the fans who cheered when they saw Beady coming in didn’t mean to insinuate that they were happy Cassel was hurt.

            Down on the field level, I am sure Winston actually heard a few people yell very nasty and specific things about Cassel being hurt. That, combined with the losing, the booing all day long, the banner and so forth, would get to anyone.

        • DoubleD

          I’m with you on this Lyle. I respect Winston speaking his mind and standing up for his teammate. I also disagree with the suggestion that Winston only came to KC because that was the best deal his agent could get for him. I simply don’t buy that. I personally feel that we got a top notch RT for a fair price. I believe that Winston, if he wanted to, very well could have gotten more money elsewhere but that he came here because he wanted to be a part of what was going on here

    • Chief Hokie

      quit yer whinin’!

    • Dr. Psychiatrist, OBGYN

      It was said in the heat of the moment and later clarified. Jeezus unclamp your nipples Sally Forth. Do you watch every political commercial and change who you are going to vote for every time? I’m positive you and your wife are not who he is talking about. Getting all worked up only says to me that you were yelling like a mouth frothing moron and feel guilty about it.

  • big chief

    I read several comments last week about Pollard ending another qb’s season and how much they would like Cassel to be hurt so he can’t play anymore. Do you really think none of this negative bullshit doesn’t reach the players’ eyes and ears? We all want the Chiefs to play better, some of us who have been loyal Chiefs fans for 25 years have earned it. If you want to boo and bitch and call for heads to roll and players to be benched that’s fine but don’t be all butt hurt about it when a player calls you out on it. I realize that not every fan was cheering Cassel getting hurt but if Winston read any fan comments on this site and others after last week’s game I can understand him being pissed about this. Besides, Cassel didn’t play too bad. If you want to whine about somebody this week how about Bowe. He dropped a pass that lead to one of Cassel’s ints and it hit him right in the hands. Gray dropped a pitch. Cassel’s only bad play was the endzone fumble. Take away Bowe’s drops and pick penalty or McCluster’s pick penalty and they win the game. Even take away an early whistle by the refs on the fumble recovery for a td by Johnson or two holding penalties by Routt that kept Baltimore drives alive and they win. The whole team is playing like shit and Cassel is being a scapegoat for those who like to play the blame game. Quinn won’t help unless this team can find some discipline and that has to come from Romeo. The play calling and coaching decisions were horrible today as well so putting it all on one player is not only moronic but it doesn’t help so either watch or don’t but please stop with the misguided whining.

    • Carter Mason

      Hit him right in the hands, huh. looked like another pass he had to leap for and would’ve gotten killed if he came down with it. Let’s see if Bowe’s drop problem continues with a quarterback who throws consistently. Last week’s TD pass to Bowe was so horrible it almost got broken up after being wide open. And worse, it almost gave the defender enough time to put a legitimate hit on him.

    • BurtGummer44

      Obviously people who think Cassel’s play wasn’t “too bad” either don’t watch any other games and therefore don’t know what real qb play looks like or suffer from Stockholm Syndrome. His play this year is pathetic, no matter how you cut it there is absolutely no way to defend it. He has entered in Palko country. If you read Winston’s comments carefully, he basically admits that fact also.

      The play calling sucked because everyone can see the lead weight causing this team to drown in futility goes by the name of Cassel. The coaches were trying to minimize his ability to negatively affect the game. Guess what, it didn’t work. I don’t fault the coaches for their play calling, I fault them for leaving that train wreck out there. It was pretty obvious to me in this game even Cassel lacked confidence in himself.

      Bottom line, QBs are supposed to elevate the play of the other players not the other way around.

      • AkChieffan

        Agreed fellow Alaskan with what you said. Also agree with Big Chief’s point, no should be writing comments wishing someone gets hurt, so we can have someone replace him. Like today on the live feed. I am not cool with that.

        • BurtGummer44

          Who cares what ur cool with.

          I’ve seen men seriously hurt and even killed on the job. Getting your bell rung doesn’t even rank in my book as big deal. It’s like crying over a boxer getting knocked out.

          As far as I’m concerned Winston is being a little girl about it. That’s the problem with people now a days, everyone is a damned victim.

      • mugglemage

        This will look so funny when next week we are blown out 44-13 with Brady Quinn under center. Who you gonna call for then?

    • 44WinMag

      “Cassel didn’t play too bad”

      Geez Louise man take your drunk goggles off.

      • big chief

        I didn’t say he looked like Montana. I was making the point that several players on the team made game losing mistakes this week and last. Cassel didn’t make Charles fumble twice last week or blow coverage on Gates. Cassel didn’t drop a pitch or perform two illegal picks and Cassel has never once been called for defensive holding 40 yards from the play like Routt was twice today. There are 11 guys at a time on the field and right now none of them are playing well.

        • 44WinMag

          “not playing too bad” implies being okay or near average. The man hasn’t played anywhere near that all season. I’m not a Shannon Sharpe fan, but he’s been right about Cassel for more than year. He plays scared. The fact is that of the 11 offensive players on the field 10 did their job well enough to win today, 1 didn’t. Can you guess which one that might be.

  • Joseph

    I was cheering as well when Cassel went down. This is the only way to get him off the field. This gives us a chance to have some hope in the season if Quinn can put together a nice win streak. Besides Winston needs to stop jumping before the snap and understand most of us do not have millions in the bank like he does. I am tired of wasting my hard earned money at Arrowhead like most Kansa City fans for a product that is not working in the NFL. Winston does not understand lower class and middle class aka Marxism. Sit back and collect your paycheck putz. He reminds me of Romney.

    • AkChieffan

      Really, did you just wish someone to get hurt for your entertainment. Football is for your entertainment, even if its to see another guy play. You have proved his point, just a reminder its 2012. If I read you comment wrong tell me I will remove this one.

    • Danny W

      Cheering when he went down because he hurt his thumb or something minor is one thing dude, but if it’s serious like head and neck long lasting injury then you are worthy of something worse than his injury. So your a communist eh? Well guess what idiot, you don’t have to buy those tickets to watch Matt Cassel suck it up.You sound like a jealous angry loser. You want marxism, go move to Cuba, or North Korea.

  • AkChieffan

    Cassel is worthless as a QB, but not as a person. I am sure he would be fun to hang out with and talk football. I bet you he does better at talking about the game than playing it or his front line protecting him. I am not a fan of Cassel, never have been as most of you know, since I always refer him as a Donkey. I have have never made a comment that I wish he get hurt, so someone else could play or be replaced. I believe in Carma, if I wish someone hurt, than I wish myself to be hurt. I don’t! I wish that Cassel find something he loves to do and do it well, just not as a Chief QB. Never wish someone ill will. Those that did, it says a lot about you character. Eric W. you are right that some of the fans were wrong to cheer that he was hurt. Although you were wrong too, speaking about the fans as a whole. You affended many people with that statement. I understand people have lost touch with the seriousiness of any injury especially a head injury, but not as a whole. There will always be a few. Its my belief, fans were very excited about Quinn playing after a disappointing outing from Cassel. Hope the O-line don’t get him kill too. I am sure Cassel is very competitive, and wants to win for the teams and those fans and the ungrateful too. Thanks again for speaking up for Cassel and you’re right for those few (not all) fans that cheered for his injury. I hope Cassel recovers quickly with no side affects. I appreciate your heart for the game.

  • BWrangler

    I would never cheer an injury. Lumping me in with some classless asses is a little over the top, too. I love this team, will root for it ’til I die, but something must change. Just a few wins is all I ask for.

  • block would ya

    Take care of your QB and you won’t have to defend him in an interview that you request. Your blocking is sickening! If a 9-6 ball game is working your butts off, everybody should be shown the exit door. What’s worse, you guys trying to play a game or me driving 3 hours to watch it?

  • 44WinMag

    Injuries are part of the game. If you’re gonna make a living playing football you gotta expect to be injured at some point. Most of the time they happen at inopportune times, but sometimes not. Also part of the game is fans, and fans both cheer and boo. That’s the way it is, always has been, always will be. Winston is just being a drama queen about it.

  • KC-sports-fan

    I saw a lot of people pointing at Cassel and looking happy. Not everyone, but enough people, it wasn’t just a few idiots, there was a big gain, but some people were happy. Someone offered Cassel a lot of money, he took it obviously, anyone would. He came here worked hard, wasn’t very talented, but hey Pioli is the one who gave him the contract. Booing him every play out there; who could perform? He never got a chance to throw the ball today, he had a lot of picks go off recievers hands this year, and he got blammed for everything that happened. I get that not everyone was doing it but when you boo him everytime he sets foot on the field, then it’s pretty easy to misunderstand cheers from a first down. If it really was a misunderstanding, then it’s still our fault for booing the guy when he comes out to play the game, if we hadn’t booed earlier no one would be talking about this. How can you blame a player for assuming that, and how can you think booing a QB when he comes out on the field is going to help us win a game. Cassel this year was a scapegoat, everyone thought we had this talented team, and with a new coach we’d be great, and we’re not, so everyone turned on Cassel. As Winston said he worked hard, he would throw a block, he would take hits, what are you blaming him for? Accepting a big contract? When you boo a guy out there understand that you might be meaning to say “put Quinn in” but what cassel hears is “you suck get off the field”. that doesn’t help us win, and the fan hurt us today like it or not. I think it affected the play calling, it affected Cassel’s confidence, and those other guys on offense they’ve actually played pro football unlike us, and they know it wasn’t all Cassel’s fault this year, and they probably felt bad too. If the fans hadn’t start booing our offense, I think we win that game today, I really do.

  • ChiefsfaninbigD

    Do your f-ing job and Cassell doesn’t get knocked out and pay attention to the game and stop worrying about what the fans are doing. The fans pay good money for tickets and over priced food and drinks and they can clap for what ever the hell they want. Kudos to the defense for a great game, one despite all the mistakes by the offense the Chiefs could have won.

  • mg2098

    I don’t believe in cheering for an injured player ever, and I also was not at the game to give first hand info. With that said, I think most of the cheers were not because of the injured Matt Cassel, but because obviously that what it was going to take for him to be removed from his starting position. The coaches and upper management for some reason can’t see what the rest of the NFL world sees, and that is Matt Cassel is and always was suited for the back up QB role. I think that it has gone on long enough with Cassel as our starting QB. The cheer was almost as if the evil king had fallen, and the chance at prosperity may soon return. Matt was not the evil king, but was a symbol of that who is ( Scott Pioli). It was a sigh of relief for some fans, but at the same time it was a shame that management even let it get this far. Matt Cassel should have been bench long ago, or his replacement found through the draft. Since 93 we have been repressed of a playoff caliber team, and todays injury may become that necessary step into becoming a competitive team once more. Im sure no fans actually wish Cassel any harm, and I myself hopes he’s ok. In that same breath though I also hope that with Matt’s concussion; Quinn takes advantage of his opportunity, so that Cassel can do what he was initially drafted for, and thats back up QB. I don’t know if Quinn is the answer, but for the last five minutes he was in there he defiantly gave me and some Chiefs players a shred of hope. Call it a mini spark.

  • Michael Shaw

    Was Winston right about chastising those that cheered when Matt went down? Yes, absolutely. I will admit that I made a statement watching the game that now we get to see Quinn, because we all know that Romeo would not have made the move. The odd part to me is the hit Cassel took didn’t look that hard or that rough?!! Anyway, I am not glad that Matt got hurt, but I am hopeful it will allow Brady to come into his own. I see a stronger arm with him and now we will be able to throw the ball down the field and can mix up our offense better.

  • tm1946

    After a nites rest, got to thinking about this…..After a tough game, starting QB goe down, team cannot generate any offense other than runs by one RB and passes to one WR, in general, the starting RT can compose a well thought out and possibly truthful speech. Going so far as to be sure certain members of the media were present…..just where was his head in the game? Support a team mate, absolutely, but where was the feeling of dispair about the loss.
    PS not going to be popular but these athletes are the gladiators of today. They get the love when they win, seen any td dances recently or “leaps”, they sacriface their bodies and life spans for the “game”. Just saying may not like to admit it but it seems to me gladiator is the term for what they do.

  • Steve

    For the first time in 25 years of being a season ticket holder, I am ashamed to be a Chiefs fan. I am ashamed because of the thousands of fans who cheered when Matt Cassel was hurt and I am doubly ashamed to read all these ridiculous comments where people are trying to rationalize their bad conduct. I was there and it was very clear they were not cheering for a first down or that Brady Quinn was warming up. Certainly not everyone was involved but there were enough people cheering for the purpose to be loud and clear. Frankly, after years of attending Chiefs games, I can say that drunkenness and stupidity aren’t a good combination. I couldn’t help but remember that idiotic banner flying over the stadium saying “We deserve better.” No, “we” don’t as long as “we” behave like this. If we ever earned the title of “best fans in the NFL”, that claim has been lost. The noise level when we are on defense has diminished to practically nothing and we yell at all the wrong times when we are on offense. True fans stick with the team through tough times — many in this “fanbase” are only fans of winning, not of the team. We will truly deserve better when we show we deserve better.

    • BurtGummer44

      I’m in my mid 50s and remember Chiefs games as a kid at the old Municipal Stadium, as well at Arrowhead after it first opened. I got news for you people: There were drunks, there were cheers for injured players (esp Raiders), name calling, booing, and there were even occasional fisticuffs. Trust me I would have loved to have seen Kenny Stabler’s head taken off back then. There were plenty of pissed off fans in the mid 70s about this team I can tell you that. They got tired of the same crap as there is now, and Arrowhead was mostly half empty for a good decade. Human nature is human nature. Nothing has changed in that regard. If you’re so easily offended and ashamed you’ve lived an awfully sheltered life.

      The big difference between then and now: More women and girls go to games, and men wear jerseys, t shirts etc(in those days only kids wore that kinda stuff). Pennants were popular then, that was what I carried to the game. My dad wore a red tie most of the time. But enough of the memories…… point being: You oversensitive generation Xers need to grow up, put on your big boy pants and quit being such Nancies.

      • chiefridgy

        I like this guy.

        • AkChieffan

          Wow that fellow Alaskan really states his mind. You all have to remembr fans are individuals, and look at things differently as these comments show. To say they all were cheering for Cassel or Quinn is a moot point, we only know our own thoughts and what we would do in similar situations. Not everyone was cheering for the same thing. BurtGummer44 you defiently have a way with words. I have enjoyed reading the arguement.

      • HuckDaddy

        HA! Yes sir.

      • King Kracka

        Right, let’s all just be less civilized and bigger assholes basically. Nothing wrong with cheering for a big hit. That’s a big part of why people watch football or things like NASCAR. You want to see the big hit or the big wreck. But when the guy jumps out of the car and he’s on fire or the player is laying out cold on the field you don’t keep cheering. It’s classless. Being an older fellow I suspect you’d know something about class but it seems I might be wrong if you think it’s fine to cheer for a member of the team you support being injured. It’s why, when a guy gets hurt, you see players from both teams take a knee. So, excuse us Generation X-ers for having some class. Tell you what, you old timers can keep your big boy pants. Apparently they’re a bit too tight in the crotch and are simply making you all behave like assholes.

        • BurtGummer44

          I’ve never seen such a bunch of whining babies in my life.

          If you got a problem with someone cheering or booing why don’t you go say something to them at the time man to man instead going on the internet and whining about the “bad men who cheered/booed”.

          Maybe if you go tell your Momma about it she’ll give you a brownie and a glass of milk to make it all better for you. Or maybe you can take up watching soccer or some other “civilized” sport. Football was invented by red blooded American men for red blooded American men.

          I’ve spent more than 30 years in the oil and gas industry, and not as an executive, I started at the bottom and worked my way up. I tell you what, the bunch of whiners I see on this board would never make it in my world. I’d send your azzes back to the unemployment line the first time you whine about something so trivial.

          I got news for you Sonny Boy, LIFE AINT FAIR! So Get the Hell over it!

          As far as Cassel and that whining piss ant Winston goes, I have to agree with the Whitlock article someone linked to on here. Winston didn’t need to call out the fans, he needed to call out his team, his coach and his GM for creating the whole intolerable situation to begin with. But apparently Winston doesn’t have the balls to do that, so he calls out anonymous fans to press. And that’s classy?

          I hope the fans at Arrowhead call Winston out at the next home game for being such a damned pussy.

          • Oh_Lawd

            Alright, well, now that you’ve addressed the good ole’ days, kindly remove your catheter and sit down, because you’ve added nothing substantial to this conversation aside from old-man lawn chair antagonism and a little sprinkle of misogyny.

            I don’t how you’d think you’re entitled to anything because of your age, nor how you’d ever think that a lack of class – such as booing your own quarterback subsequent to a potentially serious injury – can be reinterpreted as a real-world response by respectable dudes in the know about life.

            If this kind of narrow-mindedness is genuine, then let’s just say this: Your philosophy of what encompasses “human nature” is a dinosaur, and it has no place in contemporary society. There’s absolutely zero way to validate cheering your own player being injured.

            Call it a sign of masculinity; a respect for the spirit of the old days, whatever, refer to it in any way you wish. It ain’t gonna stop it from being illogical and plain stupid, gramps. What are you implying: That violence for the sake of violence is fuel for the sport? I’ll watch new generation football – you may call it “Football for Nancies”, if you wish. You can sit back and reminisce about intoxication and fisticuffs in the stands and injured athletes on the field. That’s a sport for true red bloods, all right.

            But hey, let’s not get overburdened with what makes sense – I mean, it really wasn’t very practical in the good ole’ days, was it? You go on about oil fields and true grit and seeing Charlie in the Vietnam tree lines – all of which seem perfectly applicable to the topic at hand. Yup, absolutely. Oh, right…and how the new generation has somehow degraded football. Drop that one in there, as well, while you’re discussing your justification for being an obtuse prick and the like.

          • 44WinMag

            Talk about not adding anything……………that would be you.

          • mugglemage

            And yet you’re whining about them hurting your wittle feewings by calling your punk ass out. Call Winston a whining piss ant to his face. You’re a pussy. You get on here and talk about all the manly stuff you do and how manly it used to be and blah blah blah Gen-Xers are all sissies, but I bet you wouldn’t talk that shit outside in the real world. No one should HAVE to “say something to them at the time man to man” when there were plenty of “men” there cheering because someone got hurt.

            Cheering for Ken Stabler to get hurt shows you are as classless as you are dickless, and as far as I’m concerned you can sit right over with the rest of the morons who cheered and feel all self righteous about it. All you have proved is that every generation has knuckle draggers trying to slow progress down instead of evolving with the rest of us.

          • 44WinMag

            No Burt’s right, where was Winston when Cassel was throwing balls that were getting players hurt like DMC, and Boss. It was just a matter of time before Bowe got a concussion (or worse)the way Cassel’s passes were leaving him out to take serious punishment. And then there’s the single wing T game plan from last week just to try a keep Cassel from turning the ballover…………..that was gonna get JC slaughtered. Nope Winston didn’t voice any concern over that publicly. Instead Winston publicly insults the entire fanbase and the city over a few folks cheering. In my book Winston needs to go, I don’t care how good he might be. The fans pay his salary and to openly attack them while remaining silent on the dangers Matt Cassel’s play poses to the other Chiefs is pretty pussified.

  • PirateParnell

    I wasn’t at the game but you could hear some distinct cheering well after the play as the trainers were running out on the field. Obviously wasn’t all 70K cheering, but it was enough you could clearly tell what was going on. Really classless Kansas City.

  • chiefs#1

    Clearly lying…I was there and clearly over half of our fans were cheering the injury…only half of you aretrue fans anyway..I been a fan for my whole life almost forty years and never seen our fans pointing at our player with happiness he was out…get well matt bc quinn is really not the answer…

    • chiefridgy

      hey everybody…this guy knows everything about everyone…..Clearly

  • HuckDaddy

    There are so many people posting how they are so ashamed to be a chiefs fan. There are assholes all over the world, but the majority of people don’t actually want to see Cassel or any other player, or person for that matter, hurt. But this is a game. The point of the game is to win, right? When there is an opportunity for someone to come in and help the chiefs win it is not wrong to be excited.

  • Jesse o

    This is live Eric Winston comments during the game. Can’t miss! Haha

  • micah stephenson

    Well chiefs are geting the national attention they wanted. ESPN is doging the chiefs. Talkn bout how the fans booed cassels injury. For the 1st time in my life I am ashamed to b a Chiefs fan. For the fans that booed cassels injury they are pathetic & classless. This is a sad day to b a chiefs fan.

  • Brody Hall

    Ive never been so embarassed to bleed red and yellow… I do believe Cassle needs to come out of the starting line up but if it means like this id rather finish the season with him. For those who cheered… Go play in the highway asap! But btw Mr. Winston… No way those FEW FANS who did this was anywhere near 70,000… Thanks

  • chiefridgy

    So Eric Winston is embarrassed huh….Now he knows what us chiefs fans have been feeling for some time now….

  • Larry Jones

    To Eric Winston:

    You should have probably thought before speaking. The “We are not gladiators.” statement showed that
    your completely out of touch with reality. The NFL, MMA, Wrestling, and Boxing
    are all exactly that my friend. YOU ARE A GLADIATOR and well compensated for
    it. Human nature is what it is. You are
    a gladiator and 32 cities in this country have collesiums. You apparently have
    never watched Boxing, or MMA etc hoping to see a knockout. Because if
    you haven’t, your part of a small minority . The very national media that you
    felt so inclined to provided fodder to is definitely part of the majority. I
    don’t ever recall the national media ridiculing fans at a boxing match for
    cheering a knockout, you? Thanks for putting my fellow fans on front street in
    front of those guilty of the same thing !

  • mugglemage

    Hear Hear! From the All star game, to the banner that was supposed to fly over the stadium, way to show you have class Missouri. Bunch of talentless lowlife morons in the stands fuck it up for everyone.

  • Bronco fan

    First of all 40k fans at the stadium at the most!! Secondly,
    Eric Winston is an idiot; he plays a violent sport that promotes hard hitting and
    violence. Third, I don’t blame Chiefs fans if even only a handful cheered the
    injury. I blame the NFL and the media; they have created and are creating the
    Roman Coliseum crazy fan mentality. Just look at how the sport is promoted.
    What if next season the NFL became a flag football league guaranteed it would
    cease to exist. As a Bronco fan, I hate the Chiefs but today I am a fan of the
    Chiefs fan.

  • Chiefswatch

    Well after reading articles all over the internet and watching plugs even on the regular news I have decided this is one of the worst things to ever happen to the Chiefs. Eric Winston just took his big time contract and f’d over the entire fan base. Us KC fans are being ridiculed by near everyone and non football fans are finding reasons to hate the NFL even more. Check out Whitlocks article on this subject, I seriously miss this guy writing about the Chiefs :

  • angrychiefsfan

    Winston is a Liar. I was there. Hes full of shit.

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