So Long, Matt Cassel

Oct 23, 2011; Oakland, CA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel (7) celebrates after running back Javier Arenas (21) rushed for a touchdown against the Oakland Raiders in the third quarter at O.co Coliseum. The Chiefs defeated the Raiders 28-0. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

It is an Arrowhead Addict tradition that we like to do special farewell posts to important Chiefs players when they depart the team.

And we usually do so with a song.

With today’s release of Matt Cassel, we knew it was time to dust off that old tradition.

What can we say about Matt?

He came to KC with much fanfare in 2009. Cassel was coming off a breakout season with the Patriots and Chiefs fans were convinced that the long-awaited franchise QB had finally arrived. After all, it was the Chiefs’ Bernard Pollard who knocked Tom Brady out of action, thus providing the opportunity for Cassel to step into the starting lineup in the first place.

The fact that Cassel’s arrival in KC was fate was not lost on the fans.

Only it didn’t work out.

Early during Cassel’s tenure, debate raged between those in the “Cassel is good, he is just surrounded by terrible players” camp and those in the “terrible players or not, he still sucks” camp.

In 2010, Cassel presented a bit of a problem for everyone. He still wasn’t terribly impressive but there was absolutely no doubt he was improving. Even the staunchest of Cassel’s critics (cough, this guy, cough) had to admit that they might have been wrong about #7.

In 2011, however, Cassel took a step back. Sure, there was the excuse of injuries happening to key players, but the truth remained that Cassel wasn’t good enough to lift up his team in the face of adversity.

In 2012, despite the writing being on the wall, then-GM Scott Pioli and the fans tried to convince themselves that if Cassel was just surrounded with enough talent that he could flourish.

Well, you know the rest.

Cassel gave Chiefs fans some great moments. His return from an appendectomy to lead the Chiefs to a victory over the St. Louis Rams was both gritty and inspiring. His performance later that season, vs. the Tennessee Titans, to put the Chiefs in the playoffs, was perhaps his best performance in Kansas City.

There were also some bad moments. The inexplicable interception on a screen against the Chargers with the game on the line. The hat fumble. All the interceptions to Eric Weddle.

But it wasn’t all bad:

We took some requests for Matt’s farewell song. There were some really great suggestions but we just had to go with Phil Collins. Nothing quite sums up a complicated situation quite like Phil Collins.

And so, we bid farewell to QB Matt Cassel. I think we can all agree Cassel is a standup guy and a tough-as-nails competitor.

Matt, we’re sorry it didn’t work out. Chiefs Nation wishes you the best. Thanks for the memories.

Note: There is a random boob in this YouTube Video…well, more like a see-through t-shirt. See if you can spot it. Also, fair warning if you are offended by sort-of nudity.

Topics: Kansas City Chiefs, Matt Cassel

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  • Priest4Prez

    Farewell Cassel, here’s wishing you the best on your next endeavor. You gave us your best; I’ll never question your want to win. That was obvious with the debacle with Haley on the sidelines. He was everything I wanted in a QB personality wise: the enthusiasm, grit, toughness but missed the physical gifts. I screamed at my TV after every interception and gave him a quiet golfers clap after every TD. The 2010 season gave me hope and I know there was more to it than Cassel for that season but he was our QB. Thanks for giving it your all-

    • njjohn

      Yes…well said.

    • Alex Cervera

      My sentiments exactly. He cared and fought hard, but lacked the skills to be a consistent winner.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    Good riddance.

    • Priest4Prez

      Hahaha- You’re cold as ICE!!

    • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

      Yeah, pretty cold man. Dancing on his grave. lol.

  • drake

    great article, and i love the use of phil collins. however i think my feelings are more accurately portrayed by the 1980′s phil collins single “i dont care anymore”. i’ve been singing that song in my head since the baltimore playoff game, “i’ve been talking to the people that you call your friends and seems to me theres a means to an ends…i dont care anymore….i just dont care anymooooore” maybe more accurate for pioli. i still care about the chiefs but not cassel; GOOD RIDDANCE

    • http://www.facebook.com/luke.haines.7 Luke Haines

      The same song came to mind with me as well. I thought that’s what it was gonna be when I read Phill Collins

  • njjohn

    Sadly, the idiots will be out in force today. That said, however, to me it is a sad day for KC fans. Cassel was “hated” for lack of a better word from the day he stepped off the plane. He never did anything but work hard, give back to the community and never said a bad word amid all the criticism from fans and the media. He’s a class guy and I wish he had the skills to be a great QB because he’s the kind of person I want as the QB and leader of this team. I wish him well no matter what he does.

    • Bizoza

      Actually gets me angry that people on here will sit back supporting Albert while whines and cries like a baby about things, and crap on Cassel, someone who has acted like an adult and with class.

      • Darkwolf1414

        Supporting Albert for what, not giving up sacks as a true LT? Yeah, I’ll support him for that. I dig Cassel as a person and I really hope he somehow succeeds in Minnesota.

  • Chiefs 1 fan

    Cassel was a bum. Had no business being a starter.

    • Chiefs 1 fan

      Couldn’t trade his ass so they had to release him.

  • oldchiefsfan

    I’m gonna show my age but for the last couple of years I think it’s more a Led Zeppelin song. “Dazed and Confused for so long it’s not true.”

  • http://twitter.com/EdMaldo1 Don Quijote

    Not a hater. Matt Cassel was always a third string QB. He was that in College and he was lucky enough to play on an excellent NE team that compasated for his lack of football smarts. He is a classy guy no doubt but he is no better than a third string QB.

  • Travis Forsyth

    the song i would’ve chose would’ve been “thanks for nothing” by dope. gotta love heavy metal. lol.

  • ArrowFan

    1:40

  • ArrowFan

    I hate to point it out that on the first video over half of the INT’s had nothing to do with Matt or his pass they where all on the guy not catching the ball. But I’m glad the ride is now over.

    • Darkwolf1414

      Some of those passes were due to his inaccuracy and throwing behind the receiver. Not all of them but definitely some of them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1453901337 Denver Grant

    The Chief’s goodbye song to Cassel (and every other qb since Green): “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”

  • http://www.facebook.com/genemyuk Gene Yuknis

    matt was a class guy. never heard him bitch about players or coaches. i wish him the best!!

  • Billie Cabral

    Lol. Well done. Good Luck Matt. Farewell

  • Steve Blank

    lol…good shit…good luck to Matt in the future…he gave it all he had here…it just wasnt good enough…

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