Matt Cassel is the National Football League Offensive Player of the Month for November.
Matt Cassel is the National Football League Offensive Player of the Month for November. He is just the second Kansas City Chiefs quarterback in team history to receive the award, joining Steve DeBerg, who was honored in 1990. Cassel completed 90 of 144 passes (62.5 percent) for 1,111 yards with 12 touchdowns and only one interception for a 111.2 passer rating during the month. His 12 touchdown passes led the league, while his passer rating ranked third in the NFL over that span. He has recorded three straight games with a 100.0+ rating and produced a pair of games with four TD passes in November. Cassel threw for a career-high 469 yards at Denver. He currently leads the NFL with a 6.81 TD percentage on the season. Cassel also has a +18 touchdown-to-interception differential, the second-best mark in the NFL. He talked with the media earlier this week about his success and the game Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium against the Broncos, who hammered the Chiefs 49-29 in Week 10 of this NFL season.
Q: Did you envision the team being this successful at this point of the season?
CASSEL: “I can’t say early on that I really could envision where we are at this point but I think that we have made progress throughout the year and we have guys that push themselves. I am happy with where we are at right now and hopefully we continue to make progress as we move forward.”
Q: All teams want to improve as the season goes on. How were you guys able to actually do that?
CASSEL: “I think that it starts with an identity and it starts with the run game up front. It has been something that has been consistent with us throughout the entire year. I think it starts with the offensive line as well, they have done a tremendous job and everything kind of piggy backs off that. In the passing game, the play action, all of that comes off having a good run game and it being able to put us into manageable situations.”
Q Do you want your teammates to remember the loss to Denver a few weeks ago to add fuel to their fire?
CASSEL: “I hope it does for a lot of us. It was a bad taste in our mouth and again this is a division rival and a big game because it is our next game but also because we are fighting for something and it is fun to be in December this time of year and fighting for something. Hopefully we will come ready to play come Sunday. We know that this time of year the games just keep getting bigger and bigger and this is a big game for us this week against Denver, our division rival. Obviously they are a team that handled us pretty well the first time we played up there in Denver so it is an important game for us to come home and get back on track against a good team.”
Page 2 of 2 - Q Do you think the last game at Denver was a turnaround game for this team’s passing offense?
CASSEL: “I think if there was one positive that we were able to take away offensively from that game was that we were able to give ourselves a little bit of confidence in the passing game and realize that we can throw the ball if we need to. It has definitely given us confidence as we have moved forward and you have seen a little bit more production from us in the passing game these past few weeks.”
Q So that game may have been the game that sparked this streak?
CASSEL: “We always try to find positives and hopefully that was a positive thing we can take away from it. I think this offense in itself has a lot of ‘check with me plays’, as we like to call them. It might be a run-pass option and so I felt pretty comfortable doing that throughout the course of the year and they continue to put me in situations that do that. It hasn’t changed.”