Following the Kansas City Chiefs final practice in River Falls, Matt Cassel met with the media. Here are the highlights:
Is being in the starting role any different than you anticipated?
“Not really. I was in the situation last year for 16 games. So it’s not any different from what I expected it to be. I know the role and I’m comfortable in it. Nothing has changed from my preparation or how I go about my business. It’s the same pretty much week-in and week-out for me. You know, like anything else, it’s a process though. It’s a new team, new faces, new coaching staff and new playbook, so it’s a process.”
How do you think you’ve thrown the ball?
“So far, so good. I think there’s good days as an offense and bad days as an offense. All-in-all, I feel comfortable with where I’m at. This is what preseason is used for too, is to learn what you’re going to keep as you go into the season, what routes are good for certain coverages, and move forward that way.”
Who influenced you or put you on the path you are on now, life and career?
“Well, it’s hard to say because at any given point in my life or my career there are different people that have influenced me. Obviously, my family members play a huge role in my life, whether it’s my dad, my mom, my brothers, my sister. And as I moved forward into high school, there were obviously high school coaches and mentors. As I went into college, it was the same thing. Two people that standout the most recent have been Ken O’Brien who has been quarterback coach for a long time and he’s a guy that I look up to. Tom Brady is obviously a guy that has really mentored me over the last four years of my career and as I move forward.”
On Brett Favre:
“I think it’s always exciting to play against a guy like Brett Favre, who’s an icon of the game, especially at the quarterback position. He’s a guy that I grew up watching. To come back and be able to play against him again is exciting. My first start last year, ever as an NFL quarterback, was against Brett Favre, so that’s pretty cool to say. It’s great, I think people are excited about it and it brings energy to the game.”
Is there any urgency to get things done after four series and no points last week?
“There’s always a sense of urgency, especially in preseason because you’re trying to go out there, score points and have some production. At the same time, we’re also trying to look at some things. As a coaching staff last week, I think they wanted to really run the ball and see what we can do running the ball. We’ll see what we’ll do this week. I don’t know exactly what the game plan is going to be going into the game, but we’ll find out. But there’s always a sense of urgency.”