Cassell Misses Opportunity

The Chiefs walked out of Cleveland Browns Stadium with a 16-14 victory on Sunday, but in the process are left with pressing questions pertaining to quarterback Matt Cassel.

Head coach Todd Haley took the ball out of Cassel's hands last Monday night, favoring the defensive side of the ball to secure the win. But with little to no reaction from the Chiefs' $63 million QB, the Chiefs head back home to Arrowhead with little known about the Cassel's future in K.C.

Although more than doubling his total yardage from Week 1 to Week 2, Cassel committed what Todd Haley has preached the most about avoiding – the turnover. The two interceptions committed by the Chiefs' second-year QB ultimately did not prove cataclysmic, but Weis and the rest of the Chiefs offensive coaching staff put the game on Cassel's shoulders and the QB did little to silence the critics.

Cassel's lackluster 68.0 QB rating on Monday night fell to an unacceptable 46.1 in Cleveland. The Chiefs walked away with a win, but the fact that Weis put the game on the shoulders of Cassel and the QB didn't respond should be very concerning for Chiefs fans. With the Chiefs' financial obligations to Cassel ending after this season, don't be surprised to see a QB change shortly after the bye week if he does not improve.

The Chiefs rushing stats also tell an intriguing story.

Thomas Jones One-Yard leap seals the win for Kansas City.
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We at Warpaint Illustrated have been trying to downplay the roles of the running backs as it pertains to who starts and who doesn't, but after Sunday's contest we may have to eat some crow on this one. Todd Haley has been sending the message to the media that the starter at the running back spot was irrelevant, but when Thomas Jones literally has twice as many carries of Jamaal Charles after he won the game on Monday night with his 56 yard touchdown run, there is more to this story than meets the eye.

Jones did have a very productive day, but these shenanigans and head games that Haley is partaking in are simply put doing the Chiefs' offense a discredit.

Anyone with a decent set of eyes or ears can easily see that Charles is the Chiefs' best back and the fact that he received only 11 carries on the day tells me that Charles is still in Haley's doghouse. And with Charles continuing to have productive carries game in and game out, it will be interesting to see how Weis and Haley fight this one out.

Todd Haley has to figure out how to get Cassel on track earlier in games.
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One significant turnaround on the day was the time of possession stat. After a week in which the Chiefs' defense was on the field for nearly two-thirds of the contest, the offense responded by coming out with almost seven more minutes of offense than the struggling Browns. With the Chiefs main philosophy being based around ball control, this is a very telling stat.

I don't mean to be a negative Nancy here and I struggle not to take anything away from a very positive start that has transpired to a 2-0 start, but this offense, simply put, needs to do better.

The defense and special teams have won the game ball through the first two weeks of the season, but if this offense is still stagnant in the coming weeks, the losing ways around Kansas City are sure to continue.

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