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Matt Cassel Postgame Comments

Posted Jan 9, 2011

Opening Statement: “This one hurts. It really does sting because I felt coming in that we had an opportunity to win. We had a great week of practice. It really came down to the second half and it came down to turnovers. We all know that in playoff football you can’t turn the ball over and it starts with me. I forced a few balls in there and it did not turn out well. As leader of the team and a leader of the offense, I can’t do that. Our hats go off to the Ravens. They’re obviously a good team. They have a good defense. We knew that coming in. Hopefully they do well going forward. But, this one definitely hurts a little bit.”

 

Do you feel that on your best day you could have beaten the Ravens? “Absolutely, I don’t feel like they are such a superior team to us that we didn’t have an opportunity in this game. We went into the half at 10-7 and the game was in reach. We got into the second half and it was just a lot of bad football on our part.”

Stats-wise you’ve had a couple of bad games in a row. What does this tell you that you need to work on or improve on in the offseason? “That’s a good question. Right now, I don’t know if we’ve laid out a plan for the offseason. Like I said, this is a tough loss. We’ll take a few weeks, we’ll go back and re-evaluate the film from the year, and see what we can work on to get better for next year.”

It seems you are a big fan of Charlie’s [Weis]. He’s clearly helped you a lot. How were you able to not let the fact that he is leaving be a distraction the last couple of weeks? “Like I’ve said before, I think we’ve gone on ‘business as usual.’ Nothing has changed around the stadium at all. Our relationship has stayed the same. And, nothing has changed on his part. He’s still in there. He’s working hard. He’s doing everything he can to put us in the best position to win. For us, nothing has really changed. Going forward, we are going to definitely miss him. But, that’s football. That’s the NFL.”

Do you know when Weis stops becoming the Chiefs offensive coordinator? Will he look at tape with you? Will he still coach you or, is he gone tomorrow? “I don’t really know, to be completely honest. I don’t know if he’s leaving tomorrow or if he’ll leave tonight or if he’ll be here another week. I’ll go in like everybody else tomorrow and we’ll kind of figure it out.”

Do the numbers the last two games shake you at all – shake your confidence? “Obviously, I’m upset about it. I would’ve loved to come in here and thrown for 300 yards and walked out of here with a victory. But, it also doesn’t take away from the fact that we did have a great season. I was happy with my performance throughout most of the season and it just makes you want to work that much harder when you go into the offseason.”

In the third quarter, there were a lot of mistakes made that were not necessarily characteristic of this team. How difficult is it to get control of the game when all of that starts happening? “It is a great question. It was difficult, at that point, when things started to unravel and things started to go south. It was one bad thing after another. Somehow you just have to try to stop the bleeding and we weren’t able to do that.”

How tough was that third quarter when you see mistake after mistake? In this environment, that’s pretty difficult to take. “It is difficult. There’s no easy way to handle it. You just try to stop it and you try to continue to move forward. But, we weren’t able to overcome it today.”

Was WR Dwayne Bowe not open today? How come he wasn’t targeted or thrown at? “I think he was a big part of the game plan and unfortunately, most of the day, they double teamed him. They did a good job covering him today.”

Did you audible to the handoff on the touchdown? “It was a ‘check with me’ play. It was based on the look that they gave us. I went to the opposite direction.”

Did they have you uncertain at all when you were throwing the ball? “They do a good job of mixing up their coverages. But, for the most part, I think we did a good job. I knew where I wanted to go with the ball. There were some times where I forced it in the third quarter and I can’t do that.”

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