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Matt Cassel Postgame Comments

Posted Nov 21, 2010

Highlights

Opening Statement: “Well, it was a big victory for us coming home today. Being in front of our home crowd, we knew that we wanted to come home and have a good performance and that’s exactly what we did. I think that all phases played well and we played well together. Offensively, it started with the running game and the guys up front. They’ve done a tremendous job for us all year long. It continues to put us in a great position and continues put us in manageable third down situations. I think that’s where we start and hopefully we can just keep it going as we move forward.”

 

Is this a much needed win, especially after what happened last week? “Absolutely. I think so. Anytime you, unfortunately, lose two games in a row and you get to come home in front of your home crowd and get a win, it’s big for you. We kind of stopped the bleeding so to speak. Hopefully, we can build on this win and move forward from here.”

On Dwayne Bowe’s performance: “Dwayne’s done a great job for us all year. He’s a guy I continue to go to whenever I get an opportunity. Honestly, it started all the way back this off season and the way he worked and the way he came in. He’s been in shape and he had a great camp and it’s just kind of carried over. But, you can see that over time his confidence has grown tremendously. He’s just done a great job. I can’t say enough about the guy.”

You talk about Bowe’s performance on the field; can you talk about it off the field? “It’s something that speaks to Dwayne and his work ethic. He challenged himself this offseason [both on the field and off]. He went out there and worked with a lot of different receivers and he got himself ready to play and it shows out there on the field.”

Are you kind of proud of the maturity you are seeing in Bowe? “I see it constantly. He continues to grow as a player and as a person. He continues to mature. You can even see it with some of the younger receivers on the team and him taking them under his wing and showing them and talking to them during practice. I’m just proud of Dwayne and how he’s stepped up and the receiver he’s become. I’m happy to have him on my team.”

He [Bowe] also said that you guys come in on a day off, like on a Tuesday, and you work. Is there a point where you could probably blind fold five of them on the field, I mean that chemistry is developing to a point, after all of this work, that you guys think alike? “At no point do I want to be blind-folded on the field. But, I think that we are building our chemistry. I think I’ve said it time and time again, it’s so important to have a rapport and a relationship with these receivers. If he knows what I am thinking and he’s at the right depth and I’m throwing the ball on time and accurately, we’re going to have a successful passing game. It just starts with work and repetition after repetition. It’s not only Dwayne, but all of the guys in the locker room have been willing to make that sacrifice and it’s Monday, Tuesday and all the rest throughout the week; just working hard and continuing to try to get better.”

You are 5-0 at home. How are the fans here? “The fans, you can’t say enough about them. Every time we get to come home, I think every man in that locker room is excited to play in front of our home crowd. They bring so much energy and enthusiasm. It’s just a great place to play and I wouldn’t want to be any other place. That’s why I think they’re the 12th man out there – the defense feels it, the offense feels it. It’s been pretty special to have Arrowhead back to where it should be and to have these fans to continue to support us like they have all year.”

You head to Seattle. You’ve had problems starting off quick in games. I know you wanted to get through this one game, but looking forward, what are some steps that you guys feel that could maybe be corrected after that loss at Denver as far as going on the road? “It’s a little bit different, but we have to go and learn how to win on the road. I don’t think it has anything to do with preparation. I think it has more to do with execution. We just have to go out there and execute and put ourselves in a position to win because we’ve lost quite a few close games. I think the main emphasis for us, as we move forward and we go out on the road, is to finish games. We’ve had quite a few close ones, but we need to finish it when it gets to the fourth quarter.”

There has been only one home sellout so far, the San Diego game. How much more help would it be if there hadn’t been 10,000 empty seats today? “I couldn’t tell, to be completely honest. I thought it was a sold out game from start to finish. Whoever is out there is screaming and making up for the lost seats that’s for sure.”

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