Thursday Chiefs Notes: Cassel Gets AFC Honor

On Thursday afternoon, Kansas City Chiefs Quarterback Matt Cassel was named AFC Offensive Player of the Month for November. The last Chiefs quarterback to get that honor was back in 1990.

When you have a month like Matt Cassel had it's not hard to understand why the NFL recognized the Chiefs starting quarterback. In November, he threw for 1,111 yards, completed 90 of 144 passes and threw 12 touchdowns.

Not a bad month's work from a quarterback that not many thought was a good fit for the Kansas City Chiefs. But Cassel continues to exceed expectations. In fact, his strong play has been the primary reason Kansas City's offense has jumped from the middle of the pack to the NFL's sixth best unit. Cassel becomes just the second Chiefs quarterback to win the monthly AFC honor. The last to do it was Steve DeBerg back in September of 1990.

"It's quite an honor but it's definitely more of a team honor than anything else. It's been quite a season so far and I just hope we can continue to get better each and every week," Cassel said.

He's being humble to say the least but the man who has groomed Cassel this season into a legitimate quarterback, Head Coach Todd Haley, echoed similar comments.

"It's a very big award; to be recognized like that is a great thing. I think what our guys know is that when somebody gets recognition like that, it has a lot to do with a lot of people," Haley said.

Tampering Chargers?
The mother ship, Fox Sports.com., has reported that the Kansas City Chiefs have filed tampering charges against the teams former Defensive Coordinator, Gunther Cunningham.

According to the report, Cunningham, who is in his second year as the Defensive Coordinator of the Detroit Lions, was quoted back in February by the Detroit Free Press that he'd go after any castoffs from the Chiefs roster.

"(Kansas City) keeps wanting to dump their players. I would like to be there to catch a lot of them because I know a couple of those guys," Cunningham said.

Now this happened prior to the start of free agency in February and most likely Cunningham said it tongue and cheek. However, the Chiefs don't feel that way.

McCluster Back?
Wide Receiver Dexter McCluster could be back on the field Sunday. He's been out since the Jacksonville game with a high ankle sprain. The Chiefs haven't missed him the last two weeks but they're going to need him the next two.

Dexter McCluster could help special teams struggles.
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With Denver and San Diego ahead, Kansas City needs all of its offensive and special teams weapons on the field. The addition of McCluster could ignite the teams woeful special teams unit.

Cornerback Javier Arenas, the teams regular return man, has been forced to play lots of defense thanks to the injury to Brandon Flowers. Head Coach Todd Haley indicated earlier this week that Arenas wasn't 100% healthy.

That means McCluster, who is the only special teams player to score a touchdown in 2010, could get the call of duty on Sunday but next week at San Diego.

CHIEFS THURSDAY INJURY UPDATE:
Did not practice: CB Jackie Bates (knee).

Limited participation: CB Brandon Flowers (hamstring)
FS Kendrick Lewis (ankle)
RG Ryan Lilja (foot)

Full participation: FS Jon McGraw (head).

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