After Trent Green had taken Chiefs to the playoffs everyone was gaga for the guy but after Cassel led the Chiefs to the playoffs everyone dogs the guy…Why is this?
Both QBs have never been considered elite QBs, both have decent arm strength, both are great guys on and off the field, Green is slow as balls, Cassel has a little speed, both guys started their NFL careers on the bench, and both guys are known for their hard work and devotion to the Chiefsss.
FIRST 4 NFL SEASONS:
1 AFC West Championship with a first round bye (13-3) 4,039 yards 24TDs 12Ints
1 (8-8) season without playoffs 3,690 yards 26TDs 13Ints
Green’s other 2 seasons as a true starter were losing seasons. 3,441 yards, 23 TDs 11Ints, (Redskins) 3,783 17TDs, 24Ints. (Chiefs)
Cassel in his first 4 seasons had
-1 AFC West Championship with a first round playoff loss (10-6), 3,116 yards, 27TDs, 7Ints
Cassel’s other good season was (11-5) without making the playoffs 3,693 yards, 21TDs, 11Ints. (Patriots)
Cassel’s other 2 seasons were losing seasons. 2,924 yards 16TDs 16Ints. 1,713 10TDs 9Ints (injured half way through season)
When looking at these stats these guys seem to be very similar. Both guys had 1 playoff appearance, won their division, 2 winning seasons, 2 losing seasons in their first 4 years. The stats aren’t all that far off from each other either.
Also look at both their stats for the first 3 years with the Chiefs. Both guys made it to the playoffs once and won an AFC West crown. Cassel was injured in his 3rd year and Green wasn’t. Cassel wins in TD vs Int ratio while Green wins in yards. Chiefs in Green’s years were 2nd in the NFL with yards after catch. Green wasn’t throwing bombs, he was throwing screen passes to Holmes and dumps to Tony G that went for mega yards after catches. Green had one of the greatest offensive lines ever. Cassel has had Barry Richardson blocking for him. Both guys had/have awesome running backs. Cassel has had multiple offensive coordinators including psycho Coach Todd. Green had sweet AL and fatherly Vermeil. Green had no defense and Cassel has had some solid defenses.
Where am I going wrong here? But these guys in their first 4 years and their first 3 years with the Chiefs are extremely similar. So why in the hell do Chiefs fans let Green sip on Cavasia in the penthouse and make Cassel sip porridge in the doghouse?
All I can think is that Green led an offensive powerhouse that everyone thought was going to win a Super Bowl in 2003 so Green by many was considered an elite QB. Green also had a great playoff game, but lost to an incredible Manning and a shitty Chiefs defense. Cassel on the other hand shit the bed in the playoffs against the Ravens. I also think the radio, media, blogasphere, and twitter make it much harder on a QB now then it did 10 years ago for Green. What are the other reasons why Cassel gets dogged and Green was praised because the arm strength, stats, and games won are too similar for that to be the reason?
All I know is judging from the stats and how everything is playing out. I predict a huge year from Matt Cassel if he can stay healthy. This is the year Chiefs fans stop hating Cassel and start respecting his play like they respected Trent Green’s play.