John Clayton has released his annual QB rankings and Kansas City Chiefs signal caller Matt Cassel came in at #22.
While what Clayton thinks hardly matters, I think his ranking of Cassel is pretty fair. Cassel ranks behind guys like David Garrard, Alex Smith and Kyle Orton and ahead of younger QB’s like Mark Sanchez and Kevin Kolb.
Here is what Clayton has to say about Cassel:
Analysis: Cassel showed in New England that he can be a playoff-caliber quarterback if he’s surrounded with pass-catchers with yards-after-the-catch ability. He lacks the downfield arm to stretch a defense, but if the Chiefs get him more playmakers, Cassel could thrive.
Chance of being elite: 0 percent
The fact of the matter is that Matt Cassel is at a crossroad this season. He has had one good season and one bad season as an NFL QB. He needs to step up this season and show that he can have long term success in the league. If he fails, the Chiefs aren’t likely to give him another season to prove himself.
It is now or never for Matt Cassel.