Q&A: Matt Cassel 10/1

Following the Chiefs practice in Kansas City today, quarterback Matt Cassel, met with the media.  Here are the highlights:

How tough is it for you to get comfortable with changes taking place each week on the offensive line?

“For the quarterback, really you are going back there and just doing your job and hoping that everyone around you does their job.  You don’t really think about who is in there and you try and execute the offense that is called.  We have timing routes, play-action routes and all different kinds of things we do.  You go back there as a quarterback and try and execute the play, go through your progressions and sometimes you have to step up and run.  It is all just based on what the play is.”

Were you frustrated with not getting a chance to throw the ball down the field last week?

“I don’t call the plays.  Coach calls the plays and I just try and go out there and execute it.  When Coach feels it is necessary to take shots down the field then we will but that is a question you will have to ask him.  I think we have take some shots down the field and WR Mark Bradley showed he can make a big play down the field last week with (WR) Dwayne Bowe the week before and (WR) Mark Bradley in Baltimore with a great play down the field.  There is no doubt that we are capable of it.”

Would you like to throw the ball down the field more?

“Anytime you get a chance to make a big play, of course, you love to do something like that.  If Coach thinks the best situation is to go out there and try and throw the ball short, break a tackle and get the ball out quick, that is what we are going to do.”

On new TE Leonard Pope:

“He is a big physical guy who is in there.  I am getting to know him a little bit better this week but you can already tell that he has a great physical presence about himself and he was in Todd’s (Haley) system last year, so I don’t think it is much of a transition for him when it comes to terminology.  Hopefully we can get him worked in quickly and he can go out and contribute.”

On the Giants:

“I think the Giants are a big, physical football team who is very similar in style in terms of blitz zone schemes to what Philadelphia was last week.  We have to do a great job of handling the rush up front, when they are blitzing we have to be able to pick up and we are going to have to beat man coverage.  They do a good job with the corners on the outside and they try and challenge you.”

What do you think the mentality of the locker room is like right now?

“I think we can’t worry about what is going on outside the locker room.  We need to worry about ourselves.  It is Week Four, it is not Week 14 and we have a lot of football left to play.  If we can continue to get better each and every week and play better, then we are going to put ourselves in a position to win.  We are not a bad football team, we are just making dumb decisions out there and as a result we are having bad outcomes.”

Statistically QBs are struggling against this Giants defense. From watching film, do you know why?

“They just do a good job.  They are a solid defense that does well together and create pressure with their front four but at the same time they play sound defense and don’t give up big plays.  Like I said before, they are going to challenge us.  Whatever we have to do from a receiver standpoint, we have to get out there and compete.”

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