How do you think Cassel feels right now?

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  1. ctpatsfan77

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    I can't imagine all the thoughts that must be rushing through his head right now. He finally got what he wanted--a starting job in the NFL--but not soon enough for his dad to see that every major sports site actually cared about where he was going.

    Even more importantly, it makes me wonder what he thinks about the fact that, for all practical purposes, the New England Patriots are still the only team that truly believes in him; the only people who were interested in Cassel himself were New England, Kansas City, and maybe Denver. On the other hand, I have this feeling he's going to want teach certain teams (see: Buccaneers) a lesson when he faces them next. :)
  2. Third String But Playing on Special Teams

    Exciting and pumped, about to be very rich. Good for him.
  3. unoriginal

    unoriginal In the Starting Line-Up

    I'd be disappointed I wasn't in Denver running McDaniels' system, which would have made the transitioning process much easier for me.
  4. Patjew

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  5. DarrylS

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    He is in a great position.. 14+million this year.. pretty much guaranteed a long term contract.. not bad for a back up in USC...
  6. jeffd

    jeffd On the Game Day Roster

    He's got to be one of the happiest guys in the NFL!!!

    Lost in all this talk about there being no market for Cassel is this HUGE fact. Any trade would be dependant on Cassel's willingness to sign a new long term deal. This guy went from a nobody, just happy to be camp fodder to having a say in who he plays for and for how much.
  7. Pats726

    Pats726 Veteran Starter w/Big Long Term Deal

    He has to be very happy !!!!! I mean...what a YEAR for fact so much has happened in 6 months...pretty incredible!!
  8. I would much prefer to have the few close associates believe in my abilities vs having them not believe in my abilities.

    This is doubly true if those close associates were the absolute best in the business.

    Besides, football is emotional. No problem with a lil chip on the shoulder after being disrespected.
  9. PittPatriot

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    The BB in me wants to answer:

    "I don't know about Matt Cassel. I only know about the players that here. I have a football team to coach.":D

    All kidding aside, I think Mattie C woke up with a 10 model rolled up in his sheets thinking "where the hell am I am right now?"
  10. ScottieC

    ScottieC In the Starting Line-Up

    Who is this Cassel person everyone is speaking of?
  11. BradyManny

    BradyManny Pro Bowl Player

    The father did get to see his son emerge though - the Jets and Phins games were Cassel's breakout, which had to have made him proud.
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  12. MoLewisrocks

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    Read this AM that his new HC Todd Haley is stoked about the signing because KC is running the same system with the same terminology and Matt won't have to transition to something different. Given that, I'd rather be playing for a team Pioli just took over than for a rookie HC whose getting hung out to dry over a decision that likely wasn't his to make and a no-name rookie GM who would have fielded that call and owner Pat Bowlen would have been the guy ultimately making that level of decision.

    In Denver most of the fanbase was predisposed to kick and scream over the loss of Shannahan and the object of their anger is not the guy who fired a legend and hired a rookie but the hire himself. Ditto most of them perceive cry baby Cutler as some elite pro bowl talent to be coddled and not a middle of the pack franchise starter with ongoing health and maturity issues.

    The guy who eventually replaces Cutler there will have a tough road to hoe as a result. KC fans on the other hand were mildly intrigued with Thigpen but only for lack of anything else to focus positive energy on. Their angst over trading #3 for Cassel quickly turned to awe as they realized they got him and a veteran presence on a D transitioning to 3-4 for #34.

    This almost could not have turned out better for Matt. Dealt prior to the offseason programs commencing, to a team with cap and cash and a solid fanbase conditioned after a couple of Herm seasons for reasonable expectations, one with midwest sensibilities and loyalties as opposed to east coast passion, a HC coming off a superbowl season, possibly a RAC coached D to back him up...

    The one caveat being this GM isn't gonna pay top teir money for one good season as a pro. He's gonna point to what Brady did in NE (on the heels of a SB MVP at that) and ask Matt why he'd expect an organization committed to installing a winning system in KC should deviate from the blueprint that allowed that system to flourish in NE. He'll have to settle for an incremental deal that allows Pioli to build a team around him or he'll remain in audition mode (and while absorbing all the risk) at least a year longer. If he's as level headed as I think he is he will meet Pioli in the middle and focus his energy and attention on making KC his team and a winner. Just as Brady did in NE.

    Not predicting a ring in his first season let alone 3 in his career, but he could be a player on a stable contender for the forseeable future. Pioli will provide him with at least a 3-4
    year window of opportunity (support) to firmly establish himself as a quality starter. Not sure Josh is gonna be around for 3 seasons (through no fault of his own) unless he now finds a way to unload crybaby for substantial value while somehow managing to make the playoffs out of the gate... Considering what's transpired in Denver the last couple of seasons their fan base has unrealistic expectations. Crybaby started asking for a trade the day his HC and his former HC got their pink slips. He's gonna undercut his HC at every turn and with his favorite target likely suspended for the first 4 games he's gonna have issues.

    Nope, KC was THE best case scenario for Cassel.
  13. BradyManny

    BradyManny Pro Bowl Player

    Not sure I agree w that statement as is - but there is something to be said for coming in for a 2-14 team that has more talent than a 2-14 team. While Cassel has proven he isn't one to be thwarted by high expectations (ie, coming in for Brady), coming into a team where a 5 win season would be an improvement should take some pressure off.

    KC will improve a bunch w him, no doubt, but they need a lot more weapons on offense if they want to compete. Until proven otherwise, I do not think Cassel is near the level where he can carry a team like a Brady or Manning.
  14. on one hand, he's gonna be rich and he was acquired by a guy who is familiar with his abilities, so that's got to feel good....

    on the other hand, he's gone from living in the LA area to the Boston area to living at the gateway to the rectangular states......
  15. PatsWickedPissah

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    How Matt feels? Let's see...

    He has 8 figures of guaranteed income
    He has a starting QB job in the NFL
    He has a GM who knows him and believes in him and will give him time to establish himself
    He has a rabid, supportive fan base (vs say Denver which is and would be in turmoil)
    He did NOT get traded to the debacle of Detroit despite a marginally better offer for him alone
    He has financial security in troubled times
    He has his health

    I'd say that makes for a pretty good feeling
  16. unoriginal

    unoriginal In the Starting Line-Up

    Yes, I just read that this morning too:

    Caveat being terminology doesn't make 100% of the offensive learning curve, but it certainly is the lion's share.
  17. borg

    borg In the Starting Line-Up

    I believe Cassel wishes he was in the Mile High city where he can throw the ball 10% farther...and finally complete his first long pass... :)
  18. patsinthesnow

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