Falcons vs. Chiefs: The X factor is QB Matt Cassel

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel (7). (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel (7). (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)

FLOWERY BRANCH — Matt Cassel, the one-time backup to the great Tom Brady, has posted an 18-21 record in three seasons with the Chiefs.

He guided them to the AFC West title in 2010, but he played in only nine games last season because of injury. He’s the X-factor when the Falcons face the Chiefs at 1 p.m. Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.

“He’s taken us to the playoffs before, and we anticipate that he will be ready and able to do that again,” Kansas City coach Romeo Crennel said. “He’s got some talent and he’s learned the new system.”

The Falcons have some inside information on Cassel.

Cornerback Asante Samuel was with New England along with Cassel for three seasons (2005-07).

“He has developed well,” Samuel said. “When I was in New England he was running the scout team most of the time.”

Samuel may talk a lot, but he’s film student of the game. He said it’s hard to read Cassel, who does a good job of not tipping off where he’s throwing his passes.

Defensive coordinator Mike Nolan faced Cassel twice in 2009 when he was Denver’s defensive coordinator.

“He’s a very competitive player,” Nolan said. “I’ve played him several times over the years. He’s always been a guy that you have to be really detailed and prepared for. I’ve got a lot of respect for him.”

Cassel started nine games last season. He was placed on injured reserve Nov. 21 after suffering a hand injury.

He expects the Falcons will show multiple fronts and try to disguise their blitzes.

“One thing that shows up to me is they play with a tremendous amount of speed,” Cassel said. “They get to the football. They’re aggressive. They have a great group out there.”

Cassel has some dangerous receivers in Dwayne Bowe, Jon Baldwin and Dexter McCluster.

“We’ve got the potential to do some good things, but at the same time it’s got to come together on Sunday,” Cassel said.


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18 comments Add your comment


September 7th, 2012
4:46 pm

My goodness, the first time Chiefs lost to the Broncos 44-13 at Arrowhead back in 2009. Unfortunately for Nolan, the Chiefs ran the Broncos out of Mile High 44-24… Good grief, they ran for 317 yards! 524 total yards in game 16!

Rise Up!

September 7th, 2012
5:30 pm

Rise Up! Cannot wait for the game! Check out my blog if you have some free time.

LOL At The Failclowns

September 7th, 2012
6:41 pm

LOL !!! @ Rise Up- Most of us don’t throw away our free time on garbage dumps !

Jamal Robertson

September 7th, 2012
7:01 pm

Now is the time! As Falcon fans this is the year. In other sports, especially the NBA and maybe even MLB you can build on the previous year’s success, but in the NFL, there are no guarantees that the defending champions will even make the playoffs b/c of schedules, free agency, and injuries. The time is now… no boasting just shut up and play! I do not need to hear about what they might do or could do to an opponent. Vertical offense… high powered, low powered or no powered… just score TD’s and keep the other team from doing the same. No need for talk about being explosive just keep scoring until the other team stops trying to score, and no need to be classless just unrelenting. I am tired of hearing about next year and what could happen, but even more than that, I ready for this team, the media and the fans to expect nothing less than a Super Bowl. Trust me the Giants HC will be on the hot seat by mid-season if he is not winning because the media and their fans demand success. Come on let us do something we have never done before, but first it must start with a strong Oline and DLine, scoring TD’s and not kicking FG’s… then winning games when we do not play our best ball. Out smarting the opponent and dominating them. Let the national media outlets toot our horn. Let us get that first playoff win and ride that momentum to the Super Bowl and let’s win it!


September 7th, 2012
10:19 pm

I know Grimes better start on that Left!!

Michael M.

September 7th, 2012
10:24 pm

Cassel has some dangerous receivers in Dwayne Bowe, Jon Baldwin and Dexter McCluster……………………………………………………………….are you kidding ? I have never heard of this bunch so they must not be well known for big numbers………………………………………….


September 7th, 2012
10:40 pm

Ya know, I simply can not believe the travesty of the situation where some fools have “ruled” that our beloved NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is “out of order” and that some rogue sAINTS players did not hurt opposing team players with malicious intent to injure! We all know that the images on recorded games from last year and the 2 previous years clearly show some of the shocking and malicious hits that somehow were not “seen”! Yes, it is indeed true as recent satellite radio sports broadcasts have confirmed that the sAINTS should have an (*) asterisk placed by their SB entries!


September 7th, 2012
10:58 pm

and yet the failclowns sb entry is a loss…priceless !


September 8th, 2012
6:07 am

The Falcons defense has the propensity to make an average quarterback look great. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen on sunday.


September 8th, 2012
7:55 am

Thank you for seeing my point that the sAINTS had to cheat to win! :)


September 8th, 2012
8:04 am

” I have never heard of this bunch so they must not be well known for big numbers…”
Bowe has over 200 catches, 25 TD catches, and over 2,600 yards in receptions the past 3 years… Imagine the numbers if he hadn’t have the garbage that was Tyler Palko and Brodie Croyle throwing balls to the opposition instead of him and the others…

Big Crimson 75

September 8th, 2012
9:08 am

No excuse not to win this game.
The Chiefs are not to be taken lightly, however they play in what is routinely one of the weaker divisions in football.
The Chargers never play to expectations.
The Raiders are usually a mess & how many miracles did it take the Broncos to win the division with 8 win last year?
Bowe can play(when he wants too), Baldwin & Breaston are #3 WRs.
Their D plays hard for Romeo but lacks play-makers aside from Hali – who won’t play & Berry – coming off an ACL.
Falcon STs better be ready to play. The Chiefs have 2 potential pro-bowl returners in Arenas & McCluster.
Just win Falcons!!


September 8th, 2012
11:17 am

Indeed, I think some of you Falcon fans need to study your opponent a little more. Too much talent on the Chiefs roster for them not to get it together this year.

1. You play at Arrowhead on the 1st game of the year.

2. ACL crew coming back. Jamaal Charles, Tony Moeoki, Eric Berry

3.Team is Loaded with talent.. All they need is confidence with them being a young team!


September 8th, 2012
11:21 am

Right now I’m in an RV about four hours away from KC. Nothing can bother me. Not even the ignorant ramblings of HiramTaint or the incessant needling from Seenhasnoweenus. Can’t wait for kickoff tomorrow. Falcons are going to roll.


September 8th, 2012
12:26 pm

All that name calling, Dude have some KC BBQ so you’ll have at least one “pleasant” memory of the trip…


September 8th, 2012
1:10 pm

Oh we’re planning on it. Heading to Woodyard right now for some burnt ends. And as for the name calling, trolls like those two deserve it.


September 8th, 2012
1:57 pm

Jamal-Agreed. They’re is no pressure if the fans don’t apply pressure. We want a superbowl and not excuses, nor do I want to hear about how your going to do it, and the reason you failed was because you werent able to execute you plam Mike Smith. Point,turnovers,loud dome for once, persistence,and vocation is gonna get us that superbowl. And I dont want to hear anyone tell Ray Edwards he doesnt need to get sacks. If thats the case move him to DT.

Rise Up Nation

September 8th, 2012
2:35 pm

Poor Aint bloggers! Thats all I will say about you clowns. Lets go birds Rise Up baby!