Every year former quarterback great Ron Jaworski ranks all 32 starting quarterbacks from best to worst. It’s something he’s been doing for several years now, and it’s always a countdown that I look forward to.
Jaws’ countdown began yesterday and he had former Kansas City Chiefs (now Minnesota Vikings) quarterback Matt Cassel at the 32nd spot a.k.a. the worst ranking on the countdown. Jaws had this to say about the Vikings QB,
“Turner’s offense starts with the run game. With Adrian Peterson in the backfield, Cassel’s 66 quarterback rating last year on play-action passes just wasn’t good enough.”
Cassel was in a bit of a quarterback carousel last season in Minnesota, as Christian Ponder struggled.
The team also acquired Josh Freeman midway through and he was a bust to say the least. The Vikings drafted Teddy Bridgewater in the first round this year, and he more than likely will be the Vikings’ quarterback of the future (unless he plays like Cassel, then he probably won’t be in Minnesota very long).
Cassel played in nine games last year for Minnesota, starting six of them. Cassel went 3-3 as a starter in 2013, throwing for over 1,800 yards with 11 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
While Cassel didn’t look great, he was the best option the Vikings had after both Ponder and Freeman played poorly. Bridgewater should easily be able to take the reins as starter in 2014. Maybe not right away, but eventually during the season.
Ron Jaworski's 2014 QB Countdown begins today. 32 Matt Cassel 31 Ryan Fitzpatrick 30 Geno Smith 29 Jake Locker 28 EJ Manuel 27 Chad Henne
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) July 14, 2014
People aren’t huge fans of Matt Cassel in Kansas City considering how horribly he played in 2012, but I still like the guy. I recently did a piece where I ranked the recent Kansas City Chiefs quarterbacks and I ranked Cassel third overall. He did something that not many Chiefs quarterbacks have been able to do by winning us a division title in 2010, and it’s something I won’t just forget about.
So while people might make jokes about Matt Cassel, I’ll continue to occasionally wear my knockoff Matt Cassel jersey from K-Mart to games and have fans yell at me for it. Good times.
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