Matt Cassel Is Having Fun
From Arrowhead Stadium
Brian Waters shook his head when asked the question.
“It’s not smart,” Waters said of his QB Matt Cassel mixing it up in a post-TD scrum against the Jaguars in Sunday’s victory. “It makes the rest of us have to work even harder. Matt’s a fiery guy and we like his energy and he brings it every week, so we appreciate that. But …”
Cassel’s fiery personality had nothing but a smile after the Chiefs 42-20 destruction of the Jacksonville Jaguars. It was the kind of afternoon that starting quarterbacks dream about.
“It’s a lot of fun when you win,” Cassel said. “The locker room was awesome after the game. You know any time you win it’s fun. Coming off last week, having a disappointing loss in Houston, being able to come home and resurrect ourselves and get going again, it was great.”
Those that are not Cassel fans will have a hard time finding anything wrong with the quarterback’s performance in the victory:
- He completed 13 of 18 passes for 193 yards. Manage those numbers a bit and that’s a completion percentage of 72.2 percent and an average per attempt of 10.7 yards. Both of those numbers far exceed his averages for the season (59.5 percent and 6.8 yards).
- Cassel threw a pair of TD passes to WR Dwayne Bowe, giving him nine on the season.
- He was sacked only once for minus three yards, although he took quite a few hits after releasing the ball, several got him just as he threw. Those passes could have been picked off but were not.
- Cassel went another game without an interception. That’s now three in a row. He hasn’t thrown an interception in a month, going back to the San Francisco game. He’s now thrown 93 consecutive passes without an INT.
- His 144 passer rating was the best of his 21 starts with the Chiefs.
Where Cassel was at his best was in the fourth quarter. Up by eight points, the Chiefs needed another score to seal the deal. That’s when they went on a 10-play, 85-yard drive, converting two key third downs with Cassel passes. They weren’t to the normal receivers he looks for like Bowe, or TE Tony Moeaki or WR Dexter McCluster.
On a 3rd-and-8, he found WR Terrance Copper for a 16-yard gain. Three plays later on 3rd-and-1, Cassel connected with FB Mike Cox for a 13-yard play and a first down. The drive ended with Cassel and Bowe hooking up for a six-yard TD pass.
“That’s what it’s about, being a great team,” said Cassel. “One of those critical third downs goes to Terrance Copper who didn’t play much offensively. But when he did get the chance, he made a huge play for us. Then Mike Cox, he’s a guy who doesn’t get many balls thrown to him, but he does his job without any complaints week in and week out. He sticks his nose in there and takes on linebackers and busts open in the flat and turns it up for a 15-yard gain.
“It’s great to see those guys contribute.”
It was on the Chiefs final TD that Cassel got himself involved in a post-play shoving match with the Jaguars.
“I just liked the shoving match,” Cassel said with a smile. “I don’t get physical much with those guys, so I figured I’d throw a little push in there and hopefully could get out of there before he retaliated on me.”
As far as Matt Cassel is concerned, it’s all part of the business of having fun.
“Winning is fun and you’ve got to enjoy it when it happens,” Cassel said. “It’s tough to win in the NFL. To be out there with a lead and enjoying ourselves and things are going right, you’ve got to enjoy the moment.
“It was fun today.”