Matt Cassel breaks out for Chiefs in 2010
Kansas City Chiefs QB Matt Cassel came with high expectations last year when he was signed to a high dollar free agent contract. Cassel, 28, had only one complete year under center for the Patriots, filling in when QB Tom Brady went down with a season ending knee injury in the first game of 2008.
Cassel’s freshman year with the Chiefs was less than spectacular. Randy Moss and Wes Welker can make a quarterback look good and the Chiefs were working with a patchwork receiving corps.
2010 however, should see much improvement for the Chiefs and Cassel. Gone is RB Larry Johnson and his bad attitude. Cassell will have a full compliment of wide receivers from the start of the season this year. Dwayne Bowe was serving a 4 game suspension last year for testing positive for diuretics. Chris Chambers, only played in 9 regular season games for Kansas City last season.
In last month’s draft, the Chiefs also added a missing piece of the offense, a tight end. Kansas City selected Iowa Tony Moeaki.
Last year was a year of discovery for the Chiefs. They discovered Larry Johnson had nothing left. They discovered Chris Chamber does and they discovered a dynamic running back that had been on their roster all along, Jamaal Charles. In only 8 games as a starter, Charles ran for over 1100 yards and recorded an eye popping 5.9 yards per attempt in ’09.
The Chiefs weren’t done at the running back position just yet. They signed the ageless running back Thomas Jones, who logged over 1400 yards and 14 scores last season with the Jets. The combination of Charles and Jones in the backfield now gives the Chiefs the problem of who will get the majority of the carries, but it’s better to have too much talent than not enough. Most every team in the NFL now employs a two back system.
The offensive wildcard in the mix was the Chiefs selection of the diminutive running back Dexter McCluster. So far in OTA’s, McCluster has been all over the field playing running back, receiver and returning both punts and kickoffs. McCluster is a dynamic, shifty back which could be explosive in the slot formation or perhaps utilized in the same fashion the Minnesota Vikings used Percy Harvin last season.
Which ever way you look at it, the 2010 version of the Chiefs will be loaded with weapons offensively. With the players and the addition of Charlie Weis as offensive coordinator, Matt Cassel is poised for a season that shows the Kansas City fans just why the organization invested 63 million dollars in him for the future.
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