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Season Schedule

  • Week 1 - Sep 07

    MIN @ STL

  • Week 2 - Sep 14

    NE @ MIN

  • Week 3 - Sep 21

    MIN @ NO

  • Week 4 - Sep 28

    ATL @ MIN

  • Week 5 - Oct 02

    MIN @ GB

  • Week 6 - Oct 12

    DET @ MIN

  • Week 7 - Oct 19

    MIN @ BUF

  • Week 8 - Oct 26

    MIN @ TB

  • Week 9 - Nov 02

    WAS @ MIN

  • Week 10 - Nov 09

    bye

  • Week 11 - Nov 16

    MIN @ CHI

  • Week 12 - Nov 23

    GB @ MIN

  • Week 13 - Nov 30

    CAR @ MIN

  • Week 14 - Dec 07

    NYJ @ MIN

  • Week 15 - Dec 14

    MIN @ DET

  • Week 16 - Dec 21

    MIN @ MIA

  • Week 17 - Dec 28

    CHI @ MIN

  • Week 1 - Sep 09

    JAC 23 @ MIN 26

  • Week 2 - Sep 16

    MIN 20 @ IND 23

  • Week 3 - Sep 23

    SF 13 @ MIN 24

  • Week 4 - Sep 30

    MIN 20 @ DET 13

  • Week 5 - Oct 07

    TEN 7 @ MIN 30

  • Week 6 - Oct 14

    MIN @ WAS

  • Week 7 - Oct 21

    ARI @ MIN

  • Week 8 - Oct 25

    TB @ MIN

  • Week 9 - Nov 04

    MIN @ SEA

  • Week 10 - Nov 11

    DET @ MIN

  • Week 11 - Nov 18

    bye

  • Week 12 - Nov 25

    MIN @ CHI

  • Week 13 - Dec 02

    MIN @ GB

  • Week 1 - Sep 11

    MIN 17 @ SD 24

  • Week 2 - Sep 18

    TB 24 @ MIN 20

  • Week 3 - Sep 25

    DET 26 @ MIN 23

  • Week 4 - Oct 02

    MIN 17 @ KC 22

  • Week 5 - Oct 09

    ARI 10 @ MIN 34

  • Week 6 - Oct 16

    MIN 10 @ CHI 39

  • Week 7 - Oct 23

    GB 33 @ MIN 27

  • Week 8 - Oct 30

    MIN 24 @ CAR 21

  • Week 9 - Nov 06

    bye

  • Week 10 - Nov 14

    MIN 7 @ GB 45

  • Week 11 - Nov 20

    OAK 27 @ MIN 21

  • Week 12 - Nov 27

    MIN 14 @ ATL 24

  • Week 13 - Dec 04

    DEN 35 @ MIN 32

  • Week 14 - Dec 11

    MIN 28 @ DET 34

  • Week 15 - Dec 18

    NO 42 @ MIN 20

  • Week 16 - Dec 24

    MIN 33 @ WAS 26

  • Week 1 - Sep 09

    MIN 9 @ NO 14

  • Week 2 - Sep 19

    MIA 14 @ MIN 10

  • Week 3 - Sep 26

    DET 10 @ MIN 24

  • Week 4 - Oct 03

    bye

  • Week 5 - Oct 11

    MIN 20 @ NYJ 29

  • Week 6 - Oct 17

    DAL 21 @ MIN 24

  • Week 7 - Oct 24

    MIN 24 @ GB 28

  • Week 8 - Oct 31

    MIN 18 @ NE 28

  • Week 9 - Nov 07

    ARI 24 @ MIN 27

  • Week 10 - Nov 14

    MIN 13 @ CHI 27

  • Week 11 - Nov 21

    GB 31 @ MIN 3

  • Week 12 - Nov 28

    MIN 17 @ WAS 13

  • Week 13 - Dec 05

    BUF 14 @ MIN 38

  • Week 14 - Dec 12

    NYG 21 @ MIN 3

  • Week 15 - Dec 20

    CHI 40 @ MIN 14

  • Week 16 - Dec 26

    TEN 14 @ KC 34

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    3 TDs

    20 rush yards

    0 TDs

  • Week 17 - Jan 02

    MIN 13 @ DET 20

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2008 - 2011 Statistics

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                          Comp/Att   Yards   TD   INT        Rush   Yards   TD         Tot Pts   Pts/Gm


2011 Stats        160/269    1713   10      9       25        99     0        118.4      13.2


2010 Stats        262/450    3116   27      7       33      125     0        245.1      16.3


2009 Stats        271/493    2924   16     16       50      189     0        199.9      13.3


2008 Stats        327/516    3693   21     11       73      270     2        270.7      16.9

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2009 Review

When Matt Cassel was handed that ridiculous contract before the 2009 season, everyone wondered (at least in Kansas City) what sort of quarterback had VP of player personnel, Scott Pioli, really obtained from his good friend Bill Belichick?  Did a kid who fell into the NFL’s sweetest starting slot when Tom Brady went down really deserve a contract on par with the game’s elite?  Because before 2008, Cassel hadn’t started a game at the QB position since high school, which was almost a full decade prior!  Well here are a few clues as to who the Chiefs got:  1) He led the team to a 4-12 record, which was worst in the AFC.  2) He lost to the AFC’s next three worst teams - the Bills (6-10), Browns (5-11), and Raiders (5-11) - all at home in Arrowhead Stadium.  3) He never once threw for more than 2 TDs in a game, yet threw more interceptions than that twice.  4) He threw just as many INTs (16) as he did TDs (16).  5) His completion percentage (55.0) was 27th in the NFL out of the 32 QBs that qualified, beating only JaMarcus Russell, Brady Quinn, and the three rookies, Matthew Stafford, Mark Sanchez, and Josh Freeman (both Jake Delhomme and Ryan Fitzpatrick had better accuracy).  Basically, Pioli could have paid his mother to play and the team wouldn’t have suffered any less.


~  Ranked 20th in the league in QB fantasy points with 162.6 (basic scoring system)


~  Ranked 21st in the league with 16 passing touchdowns


~  Ranked 25th in the league with a 69.9 QB Rating


~  Ranked 27th in the league with a 55.0% completion percentage


~  Ranked 23rd in the league with 194.9 passing yards per game


~  Ranked 20th in the league with 271 completions


~  Ranked 16th in the league with 493 attempts


~  Ranked 20th in the league with 2,924 passing yards


~  Ranked 30th in the league in yards/attempt (5.93)


~  Tied for fourth in the league for the most sacks taken (42)

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2010 Fantasy Outlook

Not all is completely lost concerning Cassel in 2010.  His best wide receiver, Dwayne Bowe, will be back playing for a whole season (he missed 4 games due to suspension and 1 to injury in 2009) and looks ready to step his game up a notch.  KC’s second receiver, Chris Chambers, looked like he found the fountain of youth when he joined the Chiefs mid-season and is a good compliment to Bowe.  The Chiefs also signed a nice upside WR in Jerheme Urban during the offseason and drafted the electric Dexter McCluster out of Mississippi in the 2010 NFL draft.  RB Jamaal Charles is a very nice weapon coming out of the backfield, while the newly signed Thomas Jones should do fine in keeping defenses honest.  Overall, there are plenty of pluses to look at for Cassel in 2010, and if his skills were on par with the possibilities, we’d tell you to go ahead and draft him as a decent backup fantasy QB.  But in reality, they’re not, so don’t expect more than a disappointing spot-start if he ends up on your 2010 fantasy team.

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Matt Cassel won the Vizio TVP award (Top Value Performer) for being the player whose on-field performance most exceeds the value of his contract.  This had to be the most unanimous decision in the history of this sporting era...


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Contract

In mid-July of 2009, Matt signed himself a front-loaded whopper of a deal.  Six-years, $63 million, $28 million of it guaranteed, and $40.5 million of it dedicated to the first three seasons.  Also included was a $10 million roster bonus in the first year, which Matt happily collected.  Here are the details:


2010 - $11.75 million (+ $250,000 workout bonus)


2011 - $4.75 million (+ $7.5 million option bonus)


2012 - $5.25 million


2013 - $7.5 million


2014 - $9 million


2015 - Free Agent

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Brodie Croyle is the handcuff to Cassel this year

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Injury Report

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Cassel missed one game due to a sprained MCL in the beginning of the season, but stayed healthy the rest of the way. However, the sacks are really starting to pile up on him, so an injury could just be a matter of time

Matt Cassel decides to stay in Minnesota

After opting out of the final year of his contract with the Minnesota Vikings back in early February and leaving $3.7 million behind, the soon-to-be 32-year-old Matt Cassel re-signed with Vikes for two years, $10 million.

How much of the $10 million came in guaranteed money was undisclosed.

Pyro's take: The fact that Cassel will be 32 years old and was signed for only two years means the Vikings will almost assuredly be taking a quarterback with their first pick in the 2014 NFL Draft (8th overall).

Because he was likely retained as a teacher and bridge to whomever the Vikings select in the draft, Cassel will presumably get the starting nod come Week 1 and could have some pretty nice sleeper value in the fantasy world.

With Adrian Peterson forcing defenses to crowd the line of scrimmage and players like Greg Jennings, Cordarrelle Patterson and Kyle Rudolph to throw to, it wouldn't shock me to see Cassel ranked somewhere in the top 15 or so fantasy QBs... at least for a little while.

03/12/14, 06:10 PM CDT by Dawgmaticå
Source: www.vikings.com

Cassel will start, but for how long?

Vikings coach Leslie Frazier finally said publicly what everyone has been expecting him to say since Matt Cassel led the Vikings to a turnover-free 34-27 victory over the Steelers in London back on Sept. 29:

“Matt Cassel is going to be our starting quarterback on Sunday.”

As for the future beyond Sunday, well, stay tuned.

“I think we need to sit back on Monday after the game and evaluate things and see where we are,” Frazier said. “See how it goes.”

“I think it’s always tough when you make a change at quarterback,” Frazier said. “You have to take a lot of factors into it when you’re doing that. You don’t make those decisions lightly, and we didn’t. We’ll see how it plays out. But this is the start of this ballgame. We’ll see how Matt does. But we’ll see how it plays out over time.”

Pyro's take: Cassel starting is good news for Greg Jennings and Jerome Simpson, both of whom performed much better with Cassel under center. There is still a lot of pressure for the quarterbacks to perform in Minnesota with the added competition of Josh Freeman and Christian Ponder cleared to play again. There is a chance that Cassel can win another start if he performs well on Sunday, but if not then it could be a quarterback carousel in the coming weeks.

10/12/13, 04:02 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.startribune.com

Chiefs to use no-huddle more often

Chiefs coach Todd Haley said Monday in his weekly news conference that he wants to put more emphasis on the no-huddle offense going forward after seeing the Chiefs put up a season-high 20 points using it against the Cowboys on Sunday.

Pyro's take: At least the Chiefs found something that works, even if they didn't win the game. This bodes well for quarterback Matt Cassel and wide receiver Dwayne Bowe and can boost them up the fantasy football chain if the situation sticks.

10/14/09, 08:45 AM CDT by Dawgmaticå
Source: www.kansascity.com

"No job is safe" says KC coach Haley

Chiefs coach Todd Haley reiterated on Tuesday that no job is safe, not even quarterback Matt Cassel's.

Pyro's take: Nobody is blind to these mind games, especially considering that Cassel pretty much broke the KC bank in the off-season. Matt Cassel may be no more than a backup QB, in fantasy or otherwise, but Brodie Croyle? Really?

09/22/09, 03:00 PM CDT by Dawgmaticå
Source: twitter.com

Matt Cassel active and starting

Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel has been declared active and told he would be starting the game against the Raiders today.

Pyro's take: It's safe to put him in your lineup if you want, though we'd suggest turning elsewhere for a fantasy QB today. Oakland's pass D is pretty darn good.

09/20/09, 11:30 AM CDT by Dawgmaticå
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Cassel to be a game-time decision Sunday

Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel has practiced in a limited fashion all week after missing the opening game and will be a game-time decision on Sunday.

Pyro's take: Coach Todd Haley also said the Cassel is "clearly ahead" of where he was last week, but doesn't want to risk the roster spot if there's the possibility that Cassel can't finish the game. Wait another week before considering a fantasy start for the guy.

09/18/09, 05:30 PM CDT by Dawgmaticå
Source: blogs.nfl.com

Cassel looking good at practice Wednesday

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel has lost his limp, but the Chiefs will remain cautious with him. "I haven't talked to the doctors. But to my eye, he was improved some from last week," coach Todd Haley said. "There are medical issues involved when an injury occurs. There are certain times that things take. But the player is doing everything under his power to be ready."

Pyro's take: It's still up in the air as to whether or not Cassel will play on Sunday, but if he does, he might be worth considering for a fantasy start as the Chiefs play the Raiders in KC. We'll keep you updated.

09/16/09, 03:45 PM CDT by Dawgmaticå
Source: sports.espn.go.com

Cassel not a guarantee to play in Week 2

Chiefs coach Todd Haley said on Tuesday that it's too early to know whether quarterback Matt Cassel (knee) will play on Sunday or not.

Pyro's take: Cassel was declared inactive just hours before the first game, but the Chiefs should know before that time in Week 2. We'll keep you updated on the situation as it comes across.

09/15/09, 08:45 PM CDT by Dawgmaticå
Source: www.usatoday.com

Matt Cassel inactive, Brodie Croyle will start

According to NFL radio, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel has been declared inactive for the match-up against the Ravens on Sunday. Brodie Croyle will start in his place.

Pyro's take: The Chiefs don't seem to want to risk their big off-season acquisition by throwing he and his sprained MCL to the wolves. The Ravens would tear him apart if he was to play, as the KC offensive line won't be able to handle their pass rush. Hopefully you have other (better) options at QB for Week 1.

09/13/09, 10:45 AM CDT by Dawgmaticå
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Cassel to be a game-time decision

NFL.com is reporting that Cassel will be a game-time decision tomorrow.

Pyro's take: Let's not forget that this par for the course for anyone who coached/managed alongside Bill Belichick (Scott Pioli). Cassel wouldn't miss opening day unless he physically could not perform. That said, hopefully you drafted better than having to lean on Matt Cassel to guide your fantasy squad to a W.

09/12/09, 04:00 PM CDT by
Source: blogs.nfl.com

Cassel to be listed as questionable for Week 1

Kansas City Chiefs head coach confirmed on Wednesday that starting quarterback Matt Cassel will be listed as questionable for the game against Baltimore on Sunday.

Pyro's take: Shocker. Another Bill Belichick disciple strikes again as Chiefs GM Scott Pioli continues the dictator's tradition of being a schmuck when it comes to the weekly injury report.

09/09/09, 04:30 PM CDT by Dawgmaticå
Source: twitter.com

Chiefs work out free agent OT Jon Runyan

The Kansas City Chiefs brought in OT Jon Runyan for a workout on Tuesday in the hopes of filling their hole at the right tackle position.

Pyro's take: From what QB Matt Cassel has experienced in terms of physical punishment thus far in KC, we're betting Cassel is on his knees somewhere praying that Runyan's knee is healthy enough for the Chiefs to sign him. We're sending some love your way buddy.

09/08/09, 06:00 PM CDT by Dawgmaticå
Source: www.nationalfootballpost.com

Matt Cassel back on the practice field Monday

Kansas City Chiefs QB Matt Cassel was back in full pads and out practicing with the team on Monday.

Pyro's take: Whether or not this means he will be playing in Week 1 is still up in the air, though we highly doubt he will. The Chiefs play the punishing Baltimore Ravens defense, so unless the KC brass want to risk losing their 60 million man in the first game, we'd suggest resting him and getting him ready for Week 2 against Oakland.

09/07/09, 04:15 PM CDT by Dawgmaticå
Source: twitter.com

Cassel has sprained MCL and will most likely miss week 1 of the regular season

Yahoo sports is reporting that Cassel has a sprained MCL and will likely miss some time in the regular season - possibly 2-4 weeks.

Pyro's take: You can assume from this that the Chiefs are no longer shopping Tyler Thigpen. It doesn't appear that Pioli and Haley are doing any better than their predecessors from a decision-making standpoint. The Chiefs are going to be terrible on both sides of the ball again this season.

08/31/09, 03:00 AM CDT by
Source: sports.yahoo.com

Cassel's X-rays come back negative

Kansas City Chiefs QB Matt Cassel's X-rays came back negative after leaving the game Saturday night with a leg injury.

Pyro's take: Kansas City spent their vacation money on Cassel, so a negative X-ray or two was certainly worth the effort. Cassel's availability for the final preseason game is in question, but he should be fine for Week 1 of the regular season.

08/29/09, 06:00 PM CDT by
Source: www.seattlepi.com

Cassel injured on third play of game

Kansas City Chiefs QB Matt Cassel left the preseason game Saturday night after being sacked on the third play of the game. Cassel was favoring his left leg as he got up off the turf, but went to the sidelines under his own power.

Pyro's take: Kansas City fans must be holding their collective breath on this one after the Chiefs spent over 60 million in the off-season to secure Cassel. Tyler Thigpen came in to replace the injured QB. We'll keep you updated as information about Cassel comes across.

08/29/09, 02:30 PM CDT by
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Cassel much improved in preseason Week 2

Newly signed Kansas City Chiefs QB Matt Cassel put in a much stronger effort in his second preseason game going 9-of-14 for 99 yards and a TD against the Minnesota Vikings defense. He also added 13 yards rushing on two quarterback scrambles.

Pyro's take: The Chiefs and their fans can let out a sigh of relief now as their $63 million QB finally showed them what they paid for. Cassel showed a tremendous amount of athleticism throughout the game as well as leading the offense past mid-field four separate times in the first half. If this were against one of the bottom-dweller defenses, we wouldn't put much stock into, but to play like this against the Vikings, who are one of the best D's in the league, is something that should really excite fantasy owners.

08/22/09, 06:30 AM CDT by
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Chiefs' Matt Cassel is struggling mightily over the last two weeks in camp

Matt Cassel has been a turnover machine since a three turnover scrimmage a couple of weeks ago. When pressed about who is their best QB, Todd Haley declined to comment specifically.

Pyro's take: We've been scratching our heads since the Chiefs inked Cassel for over $60 million a few weeks ago. We want to know who is supplying the crack to these GMs in the NFL, and we want that person arrested. The insanity has got to stop at some point. Cassel will struggle all year. He was not that good to begin with. Randy Moss makes all QBs look good - except in a Tom Walsh authored offensive scheme.

08/19/09, 09:00 AM CDT by
Source: www.kansascity.com

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