Found May 17, 2012 on Pro Football Zone:
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Kansas City Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli was a guest on WHB in Kansas City with Kevin Kietzman, via SportsRadioInterviews.com.

Despite the skepticism in starting quarterback Matt Cassel from the general public, Pioli believe’s he’s a really good quarterback.

“I think that we have a really good quarterback. I think we have three good quarterbacks. I think the guy who’s set to be our starting quarterback is a good quarterback, he’s a good starting NFL quarterback. And I hear the numbers and I hear trends and you can look at certain statistics and put them in any direction you want to support a position or an argument. And again, there’s a number of quarterbacks out there that have been successful. You wanna look at the history of the Kansas City Chiefs, you look at a quarterback by the name of Len Dawon — a first-round pick, didn’t play for five years, was trying to be run out of this league and couldn’t get a job, couldn’t get a start. And he’s without the doubt the greatest quarterback in the history of this franchise. And I think as he gets more opportunities, Matt (Cassel) is gonna continue to show people that he’s a good NFL quarterback. It’s interesting. I’ve been out and about town with my family, and I talk to fans, you talk to fans, you hear different things, and there’s a lot of times where I hear from people — there’s people out there that don’t understand the criticism of Matt, or this growing groundswell in pockets of Matt allegedly not being a good enough quarterback.”

I believe Cassel will have a bounce back year in 2012.  I think the lockout didn’t help him in 2011, since he had to learn a new offense with former offensive coordinator heading back to college football.

1 Comment:
  • Anyone who doesn't know quarterbacks are only as good as their line, never play the game. Cassel was great at New England, because he wasn't running for his life. Give him a line that will give him more than 2 seconds, even with mediocre receivers, and he'd be easily good enough. Quarterbacks aren't mircle workers, as the media would like to you believe. Why do think Manning wouldn't even consider the Chiefs???
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