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Examiner
  • Brown: Fans shouldn't completely write off Cassel

  • A know-it-all: A person who believes they have an accurate comprehension of a topic and/or situation when in reality their comprehension is inaccurate and limited.

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  • A know-it-all: A person who believes they have an accurate comprehension of a topic and/or situation when in reality their comprehension is inaccurate and limited.
    That’s me; I’ve been faulty, insufficient, and short on information. I’ve been optimistic, disappointed, and proven wrong.
    Fans are know-it-alls.
    Guard Ryan Lilja spoke out recently, telling fans they’re wrong about Matt Cassel. Lilja said fans don’t see everything Cassel does. True, but Cassel doubters know they’re right.
    Lilja asked for a cease fire with Cassel. Lilja’s sure Cassel can take the Chiefs places. Lilja even gave his word.
    Jamaal Charles thinks with the right team and personnel, Kansas City can win the big one. Dwayne Bowe is excited about what Scott Pioli has done in the offseason. The Chiefs signed Brady Quinn, but its Cassel’s team. The players seem OK with that.
    Is Lilja’s word enough? There’s a chance, but probably not.
    NFL.com’s Jim Irsay says Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill is a special player. Tannehill is getting more talk with Kansas City being a team that might be interested. Fans wouldn’t mind Tannehill.
    Lilja’s confident in Cassel. Lilja thinks fans are quick to forget what Cassel accomplished two seasons ago.
    That’s not it. Here it is.
    “The problem with Cassel, and I think others have said as much, is Cassel's stats are misleading,” said a fan about 2010. “Sure, Cassel had 27 TDs and 7 INTs, but what were the stats against GOOD teams? When the Chiefs are rolling, Cassel puts up nice stats, but if asked to carry it in a clutch game, Cassel chokes more than not.”
    I like stats, love Lilja’s sincerity, but it doesn’t move fans that doubt Cassel. These fans want a Cassel moment. The proof of the pudding hasn’t happened, not to them. There will be no stamp of approval until it does.
    “(Kyle) Orton removed a lot of the typical excuses for Cassel....Orton had the same offensive line and surrounding cast and was sacked way less and looked better overall as a QB – more decisive in the pocket, more accurate, more poised and in control,” says a fan. “So the line and ‘more weapons’ are excuses. It all falls on Cassel to be a more competent quarterback and an overall better leader.”
    That’s the wrench keeping the Cassel gear from moving forward.
    There are reasons for Cassel’s lack of growth. Take a look at 2011, you’ll find several. The point differential between the Chiefs and their opponents in 2011 was -126. In 2009 it was -146, second worst in Chiefs history. Without Todd Haley calling plays, it was a different Cassel in 2010. With Charlie Weis the Chiefs had a +43 point differential between them and their opponents.
    Page 2 of 2 - Confident leadership and management will do a lot for a player. We’re seeing it with Romeo Crennel. Crennel could help Cassel too. It’s not all on Cassel. At times it’s been the defense, special teams and coaching that’s lost the game. Bowe's dropped his share of Cassel passes – catches that would have changed the game. Does Bowe get a pass?
    Let’s be fair on our assessment of Cassel.
    It’s as if fans think we’re not supposed to like Matt Cassel. Who says? It’s about the right perspective. What’s been in Cassel’s control and what hasn’t?
    Cassel can benefit with offensive coordinator Brian Daboll and an improved offensive line. Cassel has tools and Pioli’s getting more. Cassel’s a Chief, there’s no reason not to support him. Encouragement helps too.
    Lilja wants the negative to stop until fans see Cassel play. That’s reasonable. I’m waiting too, but it’s not crazy to think Cassel can be better in 2012.
    I hear you, Lilja. I get it. I'll put the pen on safe until I see more.
    Good day, Chiefs fans!
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