A terrible Texans defense means Matt Cassel can start to win over Kansas City this weekend
Well, Todd Haley says criticism of Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel is “over the top,” and he’s probably not entirely wrong.
Whatever Cassel’s shortcomings, he has limited his mistakes and drastically cut down on sacks this season. Plus, his team is 3-1, and if his knucklehead receiver makes a catch in the end zone last week, heck, maybe 4-0.
My thoughts about Cassel are layered and too long to get into here. The quick version is that the problem with him isn’t as much what he is now, but that it doesn’t appear that he is getting any better. The problem isn’t as much that he appears utterly incapable of squeezing out a win for his team, but that he and the coaching staff appear completely satisfied with his performance.
But those are thoughts for another day.
Today, here’s a positive Cassel thought: this weekend is as good an opportunity to begin winning Kansas City over as any he’s had.
The Texans have the NFL’s No. 31 defense. Their best defensive back is Bernard Pollard. They’re giving up 329 passing yards per game. The conditions will be clear — literally and figuratively.
Houston is a good team, but they’re also reeling a bit, worked last week by the Giants. Arian Foster struggled last week, but still leads the NFL in rushing which fits perfectly into a surprisingly stellar Chiefs defense that specializes in stopping the run.
The whole thing presents nicely for Cassel to have a breakout game, a signature win of sorts on the road, and if he throws for, say, 220 yards and two touchdowns (which would be the worst game for a QB against the Texans this year) the narrative will be much more positive next week.
The opportunity is there. Let’s see what he does with it.