Tom Brady and Wes Welker talk up Matt Cassel, who's about to go against Peyton Manning
He’s not good enough.
There may not be many times that’s more obvious than this weekend, when the Chiefs play the Colts, and it’s roughly the NFL’s 22nd best quarterback* against, at worst, its third-best quarterback.
* That’s a wild guess. Whattya think? Buffalo (Ryan Fitzpatrick), Carolina (Jimmy Clausen by default, though he has potential), Cleveland (Seneca Wallace and Jake Delhomme both suck) and Arizona (Derek Anderson) would all rather have Kansas City’s quarterback. After that, it gets tougher.
Indianapolis is, at last check, an 8 1/2 point favorite and if the teams could switch quarterbacks it might be pick’em.
But, anyway, I’m not here to slam Cassel again. You might remember the recent column where I talked to Tom Brady and Wes Welker*, two of Cassel’s best friends, about Kansas City’s quarterback. They were both very positive about Cassel, as you’d expect.
* The column is the first hyperlink in the first sentence of this post.
The conversations were different, but one thing I asked both of them was what they considered to be Cassel’s biggest strength.
Anyway, I thought you might find their answers interesting:
Welker: “I think his biggest strength is his arm, and you know, his reads. He’s a physical specimen. I don’t know if too many people know about that, but Matt is very strong. So even running the football, being strong in the pocket, shed off tacklers, things like that. He always did a great job of putting the ball right on the money.”
Brady: “I’m guessing probably his accuracy. He’s a very accurate passer. He’s also very mobile, he can keep plays alive. He’s not going to run, but he can keep the play alive and let people get open a little bit. He’s got a good feel.”