Cassel Gets Pro Bowl Invite

New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady won't be playing in this months Pro Bowl. So the NFL took the next best candidate to replace the games best player. And that man is none other than Chiefs Quarterback Matt Cassel.

On Wednesday news broke that New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady played Sunday's AFC Divisional game with a stress fracture in his foot. With surgery set for this week, the likely NFL MVP, withdrew from next months Pro Bowl. That created an opening that was filled by Kansas City Chiefs quarterback, Matt Cassel.

Not many quarterbacks in the history of the Kansas City Chiefs had a season like the one Matt Cassel just completed. Though he lost his final two games of the year, that can't take away from his incredible accomplishments in 2010.

In 15 starts this season, he threw 27 touchdowns and just seven interceptions with a 93.7 quarterback rating.

There was little question that Cassel's season was a success. And going forward, he defined himself as the teams quarterback of the future. Though he's going to have to make some adjustments in 2011.

The Chiefs have been unable to find a replacement for offensive coordinator, Charlie Weis, who left the team to take a similar position at the University of Florida. But that aside, Cassel answered many of his critics this season by putting up some stellar numbers.

But it was his leadership and toughness that warmed him to his teammates and the Chiefs fan base. Late in the year he had an emergency appendectomy and eleven days later returned to the starting lineup.

And now Cassel has taken the next step in his maturation. This Pro Bowl selection should give him even more confidence heading into 2011. It's quite an honor for Cassel and it's a strong sign the offense is heading in the right direction.

Joining Cassel in Hawaii on January 30th for the NFL's Pro Bowl is star running back Jamaal Charles, wide receiver Dwayne Bowe and guard Brian Waters. Top Stories