All in Time for Cassel

ST. JOSEPH, MO - The pressure is on. With the final training camp sessions set for Thursday afternoon, Kansas City Chiefs Quarterback Matt Cassel knows that this offense isn't where it needs to be. He also knows it's a work in progress that has only three plus weeks to get ready for the season opener.

He may not realize it just yet but the entire 2010 season rests solely on the shoulders of Quarterback Matt Cassel. In his second year in Kansas City, the young gunslinger has a lot to prove. And on the final day of training camp in St. Joseph, Missouri there is little doubt that he's been inconsistent at best.

"The offensive unit; we're just going to keep working and trying to get better and better each week," Cassel said.

Well the clock is ticking.

And right now the Chiefs have little precious time to get the offense into a higher gear. Cassel, who has been battling back-up Brodie Croyle, needs to elevate his game. He also needs to take advantage of Croyle's elbow injury that likely will keep him out of action on Saturday night when the Chiefs travel to Tampa Bay for their second preseason game of the summer.

Add to that some Internet fodder that the Buffalo Bills are gearing up for a possible run at Croyle when he returns to practice next week, Cassel has the added pressure to step up his game.

So can he get that done in the next few weeks?

"Well, as an offensive unit, every week you're trying to work on different things and so this week we've had different emphasis and we're just trying to make progress as an offensive unit as a whole," he said.

That sounds pretty much what you'd expect your quarterback to say at this point.

But there are two big differences at this camp for Cassel to be encouraged about his offensive surroundings. He has a pair of wily veterans to lean on in center Casey Wiegmann, who is battling Rudy Niswenger for a starting spot, and running back Thomas Jones.

Those are the types of veterans that could help the young Cassel stay steady from game to game.

Wiegmann could be a strong settling influence for Cassel this season.
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"He's come in, he's worked extremely hard, he's diligent about it, he's been a great leader in the locker room, and he's a guy that's had tremendous success in the NFL, and for a lot of those young guys it's great to see a guy that's worked so hard and then comes in and just does his job each and every day," Haley said about his center.

Cassel didn't have that stability under center a year ago. That's not a knock against Niswenger, who played admirably a year ago. But Wiegmann, in his 15th NFL season and second stint with Kansas City, might be the most valuable commodity that Cassel has this season.

That also can be said for the aforementioned Jones. Surprisingly he continues to stay ahead of Jamaal Charles on the depth chart. He's been impressive in camp, though not so in the teams initial preseason game at Atlanta last week.

Still Cassel loves his work ethic in particular.

"We heard the coach yell today at somebody out there, the 50-year old running back is finishing every play, you've got to finish every play," he said of Jones.

"It's great to see him compete each and every day and he's another guy that comes out and brings that intensity and that enthusiasm. He fires guys up and when you see him finish it gives those younger guys no excuse why they can't finish each and every play."

And that above anything else is something that Cassel needs to adhere to on every snap. Finishing the play or making the most out of his opportunities is something that he could not do consistently a year ago.

That's not something that's lost on the man the Chiefs are pinning their hopes on this season.

"You know, I think it's a work in progress, we're continuing to work hard each and every day, we're still grinding," Cassel said.

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\r\n\r\nHe may not realize it just yet but the entire 2010 season rests solely on the shoulders of Quarterback Matt Cassel. In his second year in Kansas City, the young gunslinger has a lot to prove. And on the final day of training camp in St. Joseph, Missouri there is little doubt that he's been inconsistent at best.\r\n\r\n

\"The offensive unit; we're just going to keep working and trying to get better and better each week,\" Cassel said.\r\n\r\n

Well the clock is ticking. \r\n\r\n

And right now the Chiefs have little precious time to get the offense into a higher gear. Cassel, who has been battling back-up Brodie Croyle, needs to elevate his game. He also needs to take advantage of Croyle's elbow injury that likely will keep him out of action on Saturday night when the Chiefs travel to Tampa Bay for their second preseason game of the summer.\r\n\r\n

Add to that some Internet fodder that the Buffalo Bills are gearing up for a possible run at Croyle when he returns to practice next week, Cassel has the added pressure to step up his game.\r\n\r\n

So can he get that done in the next few weeks?\r\n\r\n

\"Well, as an offensive unit, every week you're trying to work on different things and so this week we've had different emphasis and we're just trying to make progress as an offensive unit as a whole,\" he said.\r\n\r\n

That sounds pretty much what you'd expect your quarterback to say at this point. \r\n\r\n

But there are two big differences at this camp for Cassel to be encouraged about his offensive surroundings. He has a pair of wily veterans to lean on in center Casey Wiegmann, who is battling Rudy Niswenger for a starting spot, and running back Thomas Jones.\r\n\r\n

Those are the types of veterans that could help the young Cassel stay steady from game to game. \r\n\r\n

Wiegmann could be a strong settling influence for Cassel this season.
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\"He's come in, he's worked extremely hard, he's diligent about it, he's been a great leader in the locker room, and he's a guy that's had tremendous success in the NFL, and for a lot of those young guys it's great to see a guy that's worked so hard and then comes in and just does his job each and every day,\" Haley said about his center.\r\n\r\n

Cassel didn't have that stability under center a year ago. That's not a knock against Niswenger, who played admirably a year ago. But Wiegmann, in his 15th NFL season and second stint with Kansas City, might be the most valuable commodity that Cassel has this season.\r\n\r\n

That also can be said for the aforementioned Jones. Surprisingly he continues to stay ahead of Jamaal Charles on the depth chart. He's been impressive in camp, though not so in the teams initial preseason game at Atlanta last week.\r\n\r\n

Still Cassel loves his work ethic in particular.\r\n\r\n

\"We heard the coach yell today at somebody out there, the 50-year old running back is finishing every play, you've got to finish every play,\" he said of Jones.\r\n\r\n

\"It's great to see him compete each and every day and he's another guy that comes out and brings that intensity and that enthusiasm. He fires guys up and when you see him finish it gives those younger guys no excuse why they can't finish each and every play.\"\r\n\r\n

And that above anything else is something that Cassel needs to adhere to on every snap. Finishing the play or making the most out of his opportunities is something that he could not do consistently a year ago. \r\n\r\n

That's not something that's lost on the man the Chiefs are pinning their hopes on this season. \r\n\r\n

\"You know, I think it's a work in progress, we're continuing to work hard each and every day, we're still grinding,\" Cassel said.\r\n\r\n","mobileBody":" He may not realize it just yet but the entire 2010 season rests solely on the shoulders of Quarterback Matt Cassel. In his second year in Kansas City, the young gunslinger has a lot to prove. And on the final day of training camp in St. Joseph, Missouri there is little doubt that he's been inconsistent at best.

\"The offensive unit; we're just going to keep working and trying to get better and better each week,\" Cassel said.

Well the clock is ticking.

And right now the Chiefs have little precious time to get the offense into a higher gear. Cassel, who has been battling back-up Brodie Croyle, needs to elevate his game. He also needs to take advantage of Croyle's elbow injury that likely will keep him out of action on Saturday night when the Chiefs travel to Tampa Bay for their second preseason game of the summer.

Add to that some Internet fodder that the Buffalo Bills are gearing up for a possible run at Croyle when he returns to practice next week, Cassel has the added pressure to step up his game.

So can he get that done in the next few weeks?

\"Well, as an offensive unit, every week you're trying to work on different things and so this week we've had different emphasis and we're just trying to make progress as an offensive unit as a whole,\" he said.

That sounds pretty much what you'd expect your quarterback to say at this point.

But there are two big differences at this camp for Cassel to be encouraged about his offensive surroundings. He has a pair of wily veterans to lean on in center Casey Wiegmann, who is battling Rudy Niswenger for a starting spot, and running back Thomas Jones.

Those are the types of veterans that could help the young Cassel stay steady from game to game.



\"He's come in, he's worked extremely hard, he's diligent about it, he's been a great leader in the locker room, and he's a guy that's had tremendous success in the NFL, and for a lot of those young guys it's great to see a guy that's worked so hard and then comes in and just does his job each and every day,\" Haley said about his center.

Cassel didn't have that stability under center a year ago. That's not a knock against Niswenger, who played admirably a year ago. But Wiegmann, in his 15th NFL season and second stint with Kansas City, might be the most valuable commodity that Cassel has this season.

That also can be said for the aforementioned Jones. Surprisingly he continues to stay ahead of Jamaal Charles on the depth chart. He's been impressive in camp, though not so in the teams initial preseason game at Atlanta last week.

Still Cassel loves his work ethic in particular.

\"We heard the coach yell today at somebody out there, the 50-year old running back is finishing every play, you've got to finish every play,\" he said of Jones.

\"It's great to see him compete each and every day and he's another guy that comes out and brings that intensity and that enthusiasm. He fires guys up and when you see him finish it gives those younger guys no excuse why they can't finish each and every play.\"

And that above anything else is something that Cassel needs to adhere to on every snap. Finishing the play or making the most out of his opportunities is something that he could not do consistently a year ago.

That's not something that's lost on the man the Chiefs are pinning their hopes on this season.

\"You know, I think it's a work in progress, we're continuing to work hard each and every day, we're still grinding,\" Cassel said. 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