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PostSubject: Are the Chiefs setup for a fall?   Wed Jun 08, 2011 3:03 am

The Chiefs need Matt Cassel to hit more deep passes if they hope to return to the playoffs next season. In an ESPN.com Insider piece, Joyner points to quarterback Matt Cassel’s struggles to complete long passes as a major reason why he thinks the Chiefs -- who went 10-6 and won the 2011 AFC West title after winning a grand total of 10 games in the previous three seasons combined -- could slip this season.

Here is some of what worries Joyner about Cassel: His metrics in this category range from mediocre to abysmal. His 10.2 vertical YPA (vertical being defined as passes thrown 11 or more yards downfield) ranked 20th in the league last season. His 9.0 stretch vertical YPA (defined as passes thrown 20 or more yards) was even worse, as it ranked next to last among qualifying quarterbacks (175 pass attempts needed to qualify). (Note: these numbers include attempts and yardage totals posted on pass penalties such as defensive holding, illegal contact, pass interference, etc.)

Many might come to Cassel's defense by pointing out the subpar state of the Kansas City wide receiver/tight ends corps last season. It would seem awfully difficult to put together an effective vertical passing game when mediocre pass catchers such as Chris Chambers, Terrance Copper, Verran Tucker, Leonard Pope and Tim Castille all post at least 10 targets, as was the case last season.

Some will point to the addition of former Pitt wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin in the first round of the 2011 draft as a reason for optimism here.

However, the primary counter to that statement would be that Baldwin's first-year learning curve could be steep, given that a) the lockout could prevent him from getting much practice time prior to the start of the season and b) Scouts Inc. said that he is inconsistent and erratic in many areas.

Throw in the fact that Baldwin's 15.51 yards per reception average last season ranked him 68th among FBS pass catchers and it shows just how far he has to go before he can be considered an answer to the Chiefs' vertical receiving woes.

My thoughts? Cassel’s inability to complete the deep pass is clearly an issue. That’s why Baldwin was drafted in the first round. Kansas City recognized the issue and tried to fix it. That’s what good teams do.

The key is how fast Baldwin can make a difference in this area. Joyner points out the learning curve and he’s right, but he will be given every chance to succeed.

This season surely will not be easy for Kansas City. It is now the hunted. It has a tougher schedule than it did in 2010. But, in the end, this is a balanced team with good coaching. The Chiefs appear to be headed in the right direction, regardless of potential obstacles.
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PostSubject: Re: Are the Chiefs setup for a fall?   Wed Jun 08, 2011 3:07 am

This is definately the arguement of the offseason. I think it has been a lack of WRs who have the ability to get deep and the lack of another legit WR to take double coverage off of Bowe. The lockout has the ability to reduce what the rookie class can do this season depending on how long it goes. If the lockout goes right up to the season then we are all kinds of fucked with our schedule next year. Next years success depends on whether or not this draft class can contribute right away like last years class. If we miss training camp then i dont see it happening. I will add this, i was at the Rams game and watched Cassell throw some really nice balls. A couple were in the 30 yard range and couldn't have been placed any better.
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PostSubject: Re: Are the Chiefs setup for a fall?   Wed Jun 08, 2011 11:47 am

Cassel needs to hit more deep balls huh? Well I recall reading about a week ago that Bowe was among the leaders last year in catching deep balls. He was also our only WR last year. That isn't really a discredit to Cassel. Whos to say if we had an actual deep threat he wouldn't have been on that list too?

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PostSubject: Re: Are the Chiefs setup for a fall?   Wed Jun 08, 2011 11:47 am

Not to mention Weis isn't about throwing the deep ball.

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PostSubject: Re: Are the Chiefs setup for a fall?   Wed Jun 08, 2011 1:36 pm

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Cassel needs to hit more deep balls huh? Well I recall reading about a week ago that Bowe was among the leaders last year in catching deep balls. He was also our only WR last year. That isn't really a discredit to Cassel. Whos to say if we had an actual deep threat he wouldn't have been on that list too?

I didn't know that Bowe was on that list. Interesting!

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PostSubject: Re: Are the Chiefs setup for a fall?   Wed Jun 08, 2011 6:06 pm

I'd like to see that list myself. not saying it isnt true, just curious how the list is done. He could be on a list for WR with 20+ yrd receptions and it doesnt mean it was deep balls. Could be yds after catch.
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PostSubject: Re: Are the Chiefs setup for a fall?   Wed Jun 08, 2011 9:02 pm

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In our continuing look at wide receivers, we set our focus on what they are doing with their deep ball opportunities. For the purpose of this study, we’re looking at the 50 receivers who were targeted on at least 15 deep passes (balls thrown at least 20 yards downfield) and the numbers do include the playoffs. The findings throw up some names you’d expect, and some you wouldn’t.







http://www.profootballfocus.com/blog.../deep-threats/

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PostSubject: Re: Are the Chiefs setup for a fall?   Thu Jun 09, 2011 1:35 am

Good Shit Rust!
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PostSubject: Re: Are the Chiefs setup for a fall?   Thu Jun 09, 2011 3:42 pm

With Baldwin coming in, he'll be more of the go to deep ball guy than Bowe. We'll use Bowe for what he does best..short screens, quick slants, and other quick to mediate routes.

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