I've been communicating all week with Joel Thorman of ArrowheadPride.com to get some Chiefs information beyond the statistics. I'll be honest, I've only watched one Chiefs game to date. I'll be catching up on them as we head to the weekend, but it's easier just to ask someone.
One of the questions we each shot each other was, David Garrard or Matt Cassel?
No, it was a real question.
Joel says, "I think I'd take Matt Cassel. He is four years younger and has shown he can put up good numbers (in New England). It's just a matter of doing it in KC."
Thorman is referring to the one season Cassel had as a starter in relief of Tom Brady in New England, before he was traded to the Chiefs.
|2008||New England Patriots||16||15||327||516||63.4||3,693||7.2||21||11||47||219||89.4||73||270||3.7||2||7||4|
It's a pretty darn good season, all things considered. He was sacked a ton however, because he tends to hold on to the football. The Patriots missed the post-season in 2008, but he was able to lead the team to 11-5 and put up some good statistics.
This season, Cassel's numbers aren't great but they're not bad. It's pretty similar to what David Garrard has posted this season.
|2010||Kansas City Chiefs||5||5||78||135||57.8||851||6.3||7||3||4||30||84.5||10||25||2.5||0||1||0|
Obviously Garrard has more interceptions, but when you have a game where you throw four of them in a game... it'll do that.
Realistically however, Thorman is just looking for Cassel to be similar to what Garrard has been the past few years. A game manager. "Though I will say that '07-'09 David Garrard put up numbers the Chiefs are looking for from Cassel. Over 60 completion percentage and few interceptions. That's a good formula," Thorman told me.
Luckily for the Chiefs, they have the number one rushing attack in the NFL. That will help out any quarterback.