After Chiefs practice today in Kansas City, Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel met with the media. Here are the highlights:
On how he feels:
“I feel like I’m leaps and bounds ahead of where I was last week at this time. Any time you have an injury, you’re just trying to work hard, you’re trying to do whatever it is they have you doing in terms of treatment and everything. I feel like we’ve made a lot of progress.”
How tough was it after not starting in the league for so long, then to start 15 games last year, to then have to sit and watch the first game again?
“It’s always tough. Any time the team’s out there on the field, you’re the guy that wants to be in the huddle. (New England QB Tom) Brady once told me you never want to see somebody else doing your job, and that’s part of this position – you never want to see someone else doing your job. You always want to be out there on the field with your teammates, with your team and fighting for that win. Yes, it was disappointing that I didn’t get to play, but hopefully I’ll be out there this week ready to go.”
On the offense:
“I thought the offense did a good job. Our game plan was that we were going to take care of the ball and give ourselves a chance to win at the end of the game. I think QB Brodie Croyle did a great job of doing that. We made some big plays down the field. I think WR Mark Bradley made a great catch on the ball that Brodie threw, he also made a great throw on that. We had some big plays, mainly in the second half. Our conservative approach paid off because it gave us a chance to win at the end of the ball game.”
On Richard Seymour:
“He’s been a teammate of mine for the last four years prior to this, and I’ll tell you I’ve got a lot of respect for him. He’s a perennial Pro Bowler. He plays hard. He’s a guy that everybody looked up to in the locker room, and the Raiders are lucky to have him. Unfortunately I’ll be on the other side of the ball this week. I know he’s a great player and we’ll have a lot of respect for him as we get ready.”
On the Raiders defense:
“They’re big, they’re fast, they’re physical. They’re going to line up and they’re going to say our guys are better than yours and you’re not going to beat us. It’s one of those teams where you’re going to have to go out and strap up your helmet and we’re going to play hard for 60 minutes because that’s the only way you’re going to beat this kind of team because they’re going to be out there and ready to go and we’ve got to be up for the challenge.”
On Bobby Wade:
“He’s working hard, he looks good, he was running crisp routes. The big thing for him is how quickly he can pick up the offensive scheme. He’s been doing a great job, he’s studying. He was in here until late last night doing the things that the coaches asked which was to really bear down on the mental side of it and he’ll be ready to go. He’s a veteran guy and knows how to prepare.”
Do you feel you have full mobility to move in the pocket?
“For the most part I do. Like I said, we’re still in the healing process and that’s part of an injury, but at the same time, I think we’re moving in the right direction.”
Have you learned anything about the Chiefs-Raiders rivalry?
“We’ll, I’m excited to be a part of the rivalry first and foremost. I know that it’s a big rivalry and everybody has talked about it, and now being a part of it, you really start to see the city get excited about it. I’m excited, not only the fact that it’s the Raiders and the rivalry, but also being the first home game of the year and the fans will be there cheering. I’m excited about being there out in front of our home crowd and it’s also a division game, and we’ve got to win our division games. You only have so many during the year, and this is a big game for a number of different reasons. We’ll be ready for the challenge and we’ll be ready to play and we’re going to go out there and get ready to go.”