Following Chiefs practice in Kansas City today, Matt Cassel met with the media. Here are the highlights:
Do you think you will play?
“That is up to the coach. It is a decision that will probably go right up to game time. I am working hard, I have been out there each day at practice and I feel like we are making progress every day.”
Are you limited in what you can do?
“There are times where we start a little earlier in the week taking most of our reps and as we get closer to game time I am taking more reps. We are making progress. It is one of those things that heals more each and every day.”
Are you feeling good mentally?
“I feel fine. I feel mentally right where I should be and physically, I am getting better each and every day. As long as I feel right, the coach makes the decision. For the end result, we come together and collaborate and if we say that I am ready to go, I will be out there on Sunday.”
On Baltimore’s defense:
“It is a veteran defense, there is no doubt about that. It is LB Ray Lewis, S Ed Reed, LB (Terrell) Suggs and DT (Haloti) Ngata. They have quite a cast of characters over there and they are all playmakers. They have been together for a long time and any defense that has been together for a long time, they are obviously good for a reason. The play with a lot of speed, they mix up their looks. As an offense we just have to be smart with the football. We can’t give them easy turnovers, we can’t give them penalties we just have to stay the course and it might be tough at times but we have to keep moving forward and take care of the ball.”
How has the team adjusted to Coach Haley’s changes?
“I think everybody has handled it differently. There has been a lot of change over the past two weeks, but from an-everybody’s-all-in-standpoint, everyone jumped in and said, ‘okay, this is the direction we are going.’ There hasn’t been any complaining, we don’t complain, we don’t explain we just find solutions. We go out and we get it done.”
Are you guys starting from scratch offensively?
“It is a lot of different terminology. It is very similar in what we are doing schematically, it’s just different terminology. It takes a little time to get used to that.”
Given your competitive nature, will it be tough to give an honest answer when they ask about whether you are physically ready to play?
“As a player, you always want to be out there, especially when you’re the starting quarterback of the team. You want to be out there with your teammates that is why you play this game, to be out there on Sundays. Game days are what it is all about. You have to continue to push yourself up to the limit.”