Following practice today in Kansas City, Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel met with the media. Here are the highlights:
On the Philadelphia defense:
“They’re very dynamic in their blitz scheme. They bring multiple looks and bring people from different areas of the field. Safeties get involved, corners get involved, so it’s one of those that you just have to play heads up and people have to be alert for their hots and they have to know their spot adjusts. Our backs need to know if they’re checking one way or another. They are very unique in how they try to come after you.”
Are you still feeling better even though you played a whole game on your knee?
“Oh there is no doubt. I’m out here to get better each and every week and you try to make progress each and every week. This is the second or third week that I’m in the offense and it was really the second week that I got to get out there and practice with the team and be out there and go. I feel like I’m getting better each and every day.”
Do you feel Todd Haley is in your corner?
“I hope he’s in my corner, because I’m in his corner. It’s one of those things where I don’t know what was said, I don’t read the papers, I don’t do anything, I don’t really get involved, but he’s been consistent throughout the entire off-season, throughout the entire year about hey, he wants to create competition and that’s what it’s about. That’s fine with me. I’m ready for the competition if that’s what he wants to make it, but right now I do feel that Coach is in my corner and he’s been very supportive of me throughout my entire time here and we’re just trying to get better and move forward.”
Does the contract buy you a little bit of time if they have to commit to you for a certain amount of time?
“I don’t think a contract has anything to do with it. I think they’re going to play the best person out there. Obviously I think that they feel I’m the best guy for the job, otherwise going into the season I wouldn’t have been offered what I was offered in the contract. To me, it doesn’t come down to contract, it comes down to me giving 110 percent, putting forth my best effort and getting wins. That’s what it all comes down to each and every week. So I don’t put any added stress on myself, I don’t feel like I have to press every week. I’m just going out there, playing football and trying to give me team an opportunity to win.”
On the Saints game plan last week against the Eagles:
“I thought they made some outstanding plays downfield and there were big-play opportunities and they capitalized on them. They ran the ball well, too. They had a few big runs and Drew Brees is one of the best in the game at getting the ball down the field to his playmakers, and they made a lot of plays.”
So you don’t watch TV, read the newspaper about yourself about the team?
“I just think it’s a distraction. It becomes a distraction because every week there’s a different story. I learned that real early in my career, especially even going through last year. People are going to write things, and there are always stories to be told, and it might not even be a story. To me, in this building, the only people that really matter are the coaches, the players and what I have to do on a weekly basis. Everything else doesn’t matter. Everybody is going to have an opinion about you, and there are a lot of naysayers out there, so as long as you keep that outside, then you can stay focused on what you need to do and don’t let it become a distraction.”
On Bobby Wade:
“I thought he did a great job coming in here on a short week, taking a plane ride and being dropped off in Kansas City and saying hey, ‘be ready to play.’ I thought he did an outstanding job. He prepared very hard last week, he was diligent about his work and went out and performed on Sunday and that’s all you can ask of somebody. He did a great job and we’re hoping for big things as we go forward.”