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Irony Strikes KC as Matt Cassel Injures Knee

9-02-09

The Kansas City Chiefs most recent/only $63 million investment got struck by the irony fairy over the weekend. Matt Cassel has a strained MCL and could miss the next 2-4 weeks. I bet the Chiefs feel really stupid for investing all that money in Amani Toomer and Ashley Lelie now! The moral of the story is quite simple, actually: if you ever quarterbacked for the New England Patriots, then stay the hell out of Kansas City.

Cassel stands to miss up to a month of NFL betting picks, and will likely sit out the opener of the season against the Baltimore Ravens. Poor Tyler Thigpen. Last year’s starter, who threw for 2,608 yards and 18 touchdowns last season, will be his replacement for now unless Brody Croyle has some sort of revelation in the pocket.

The injury came when Cassel was sacked on the third play against the Seattle Seahawks, and as he clutched his knee, I couldn’t help but think that the football God’s were spiting him. Tom Brady suffered a similar, albeit far more destructive, injury last season when he tore his ACL during the Patriots’ season opener against Kansas City last season. That move paved the way for Matt Cassel to finally see the football field after being a career backup through college and his short, professional career. He seized the moment, almost bullying the Patriots to a playoff berth, and then cashed in on one good season like he was playing in the NBA.

Scott Pioli, the Chiefs general manager and former executive of the Patriots, is the man responsible for bringing in Cassel for boatloads of cash and draft picks. Vehemently adamant about Cassel’s ability as a starter, the Chiefs wasted no time in throwing a $63 million contract at him, which included $28 million in guaranteed money. Now the Chiefs are going to have to begin the season without Cassel as the Chiefs betting backers try to vomit every ounce of optimism from their systems.

Don’t worry too much though. Tyler Thigpen can surely take on the Ravens, Oakland, Eagles, Giants and Cowboys in the first five weeks if he has to, right? I know that four of those five teams are legitimate Super Bowl contenders, but that game against Oakland is practically a gimme! Well now, every time a defensive player touches Matt Cassel, KC fans everywhere will cringe much in the same way that New England fans have every time Tom Brady eats turf.

Frankly, I’m not one for wishing ill on any franchise, but the Cassel injury is justice personified. The Chiefs made some bewildering moves by throwing that money at Cassel, then trading Tony Gonzalez to Atlanta, panicking by signing Toomer and Lelie and leaving their defense as a blithering mess. I can’t tell if they want to win now, or in two years. Either way, it looks like there’s nothing to be hopeful for at Arrowhead Stadium.

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