Monday, March 2, 2009

Cassel and Vrabel for a 2nd Round Pick?

There's something fishy about how convenient and easy the Chiefs and their new GM Scott Pioli were able to land Matt Cassel and Mike Vrabel for only a 2nd Round pick. Almost sounds as if the Patriots franchised him for Pioli so that no other team would make a play for Cassel. Guess the best way to describe it, a goodwill gesture from the Pats thanking Pioli for being a part of a front office that has put together the best football team this decade.

Now getting Cassel doesn't necessarily make KC the Miami worst-to-first team for 2009, but it sure helps. Matching Cassel with a potential playmaker like Dwayne Bowe and a Pro Bowler like Tony Gonzalez sure makes the offense better but Cassel will also take away some of the reliance on work-horse Larry Johnson who has also seemed discontent with the direction KC was going. Adding Vrabel also give this porus defense another playmaker at the hybrid-linebacker spot that features Derrick Johnson as their tackling machine and Glenn Dorsey who hopes to come into his own in his sophomore campaign.

Were KC might have improved the most is at the coaching position. Herm Edwards is a fine coach and all but in KC he could never find an offense that could outplay their defense. He was also hampered by a bust at QB in Brodie Croyle who was supposed to be the quaterback of the future for this team but epically failed to outplay Damon Huard of all people. Todd Haley, based on what we saw of him in the playoffs, mainly his firery shouting match with Anquan Boldin, should be able to inject a different style into this offense and that will start with the new face of the team in Matt Cassel. If Cassel can stay off his back, which has recently been a problem in KC, Cassel immediately makes this team 2 games better than they were before. Add another receiver to become the possession guy that Gonzalez is and this team's offense could have a similar feel to Arizona, only with a fantastic running back.

Now we just have to wait and see if Cassel is as good as he was this year or if he was a someone who benefitted from a system that has produced 4 Super Bowl appearances and 3 Lombardi trophies in the past eight years.

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