“It’s the most high-profile job in Kansas City – and that’s over the mayor! It’s the most scrutinized job.”
Jay Binkley, on Matt Cassel as the Chiefs’ starting quarterback, 610 AM
GH: Well, maybe…other than a sports talk radio host’s gig. We do like to scrutinize our sports media folks here at the OTC. Read on.
“Cassel completed 19 of 24 for 168 yards with a touchdown and a hideous pick that Earl Thomas returned 75 yards for a touchdown late in the third quarter. Earlier in the quarter Cassel was sacked and lost a fumble.”
Blair Kerkhoff, columnist, on Cassel’s outing against Seattle, Kansas City Star
GH: Cassel looked hurried all evening – not a good sign about his revamped offensive line. On the same night where Seattle’s rookie QB, Russell Wilson, looked like Warren Moon in his heyday, Cassel struggled with rhythm, a fluttering high ball and composure. Even his TD celebration was poorly executed.
“This isn’t just based on the quarters we’ve seen [Russell Wilson] play. This is based on the practice and the challenges that he’s undertaken here on the practice field. We’ve combined everything and with the circumstances that have been presented he won this opening challenge here.”
Pete Carroll, Seahawks head coach, on his decision to choose Wilson over the former Packers’ back up, Matt Flynn, AP
GH: It will take years before we know if Wilson is anywhere near as good as he has looked this month, but the Chiefs may be haunted for decades over passing on him in the third round. We all still remember the Chiefs’ pick of Todd Blackledge over Dan Marino pick, right? Decades.
“There are probably 20 quarterbacks in the NFL with bright futures and Matt Cassel is not in that group.”
Jeff Chadiha, of ESPN.com, 810 AM
GH: When you consider that there are only 32 teams in the NFL, that statement should make Scott Pioli invest in Depends. Speaking of Pioli, did you happen to see his face while he was in the TV booth during the second half of the Chiefs/Seahawks game? He looked like Joe Posnanski after reading any recent review of Paterno. Pioli looked devastated, bewildered and lost. Much like his team.
“Seriously, most puddles are deeper than ‘Paterno’.”
Jason Whitlock, in a scathing review of his former coworker, Joe Posnanski’s book, Paterno, FoxSports.com
GH: Whitlock and Posnanski were not the best of friends when they were both columnists at The Kansas City Star. The newspaper attempted to portray their relationship as compatible and even the two writers often refused to publicly acknowledge the bitterness between them. But longtime OTC readers have known for years of how Whitlock felt about JoPo. Whitlock resented that JoPo was presented as the polished writer while he felt he was thought of as the lucky black guy. Jason saw JoPo as more of a make-believe kind of writer than one who stuck to the facts. Read on.
“A mere 26 pages in and the ‘journalist’ who reportedly had unprecedented access to Paterno, the coach’s family, confidants and football program is reduced to retelling a story spoken by a female football intern at a Paterno memorial service…”
Jason Whitlock, FoxSports.com
GH: Placing quotes around the word “journalist” is not done without conscience thought. Maybe even a bit of malice. Possibly more than a bit.
“That’s the thing about this league. If you’re not producing, they don’t hesitate to get you out of there. They’re paying you a lot of money.”
Joe Montana, when asked about the proliferation of young quarterbacks replacing veteran signal callers, ESPN Radio
“The preseason is an illusion.”
Adam Schefter, NFL insider, ESPN Radio
GH: As Chiefs’ fans, we need to adopt this as our August mantra.
“I asked Matt Cassel and Dwayne Bowe if they expected [the Chiefs] to pass much this year. They both just kind of said, ‘Well, I don’t know.’ But you could tell from their facial expressions that there’s absolutely no way.”
TJ Carpenter, 810 AM
GH: Carpenter’s take is that the Chiefs will not pass nearly as much in the regular season as they have in the preseason. He expects them to rely more on Jamaal Charles and Peyton Hillis to move the ball on the ground. It all depends on the success of the defense. If the defense can’t stop teams any better than they have in the preseason, Cassel will be firing 40-plus passes a game.
“I’m pretty smart.”
Dwayne Bowe, when asked about his ability to learn the Chiefs’ new offense prior to the season opener, 810 AM
GH: The Clarks can verify this…or not.
“[The Chiefs] look to me to be mediocre. It all comes back to the quarterback, Matt Cassel. That’s a .500 team at best.”
Danny Parkins, 610 AM
GH: A .500 record sounds a bit optimistic after the embarrassing outings against St. Louis and Seattle. But as Schefter said, the preseason is an illusion.
“I don’t think there is anybody in that locker room who has anything but cross words to say about their former head coach, Todd Haley. He treated them all like employees.”
Josh Vernier, 610 AM
GH: While Hobo Todd continues to receive few plaudits from his former team [and the Steelers as well as far as I can tell], RAC City is now under some heat for his team’s last two performances. Kent Babb writes in The Star that he believes Romeo should give up the dual roles of DC and HC. I don’t think it’s his DC duties that are distracting him. It might just be that Romeo isn’t cut out to be a head coach.
“Is Peyton really a Bronco and could this look any more bleak?”
Kevin Kietzman, @kkwhb, as Manning went 10 of 12 for 122 yards and threw for two TDs in his third preseason game with Denver, Twitter
GH: Manning’s excellent game was perfectly timed for fantasy football drafts. I was not swayed. Kietzman is dead on and has been about the Chiefs needing to take drafting or obtaining a quarterback more seriously. We differ on what we think of Manning but not at all when it comes to how important the QB is to an NFL franchise. I would really enjoy KK getting 20 minutes with Pioli to discuss this on BTL.
“Pinch yourselves, Broncos fans. Against a 49ers’ team that went 13-3 last season on the strength of a defense that allowed only 14.3 points per game, Manning showed in his abbreviated final preseason test that if he hasn’t completely regained previous form, then he’s encouragingly close.”
Mike Klis, writer, Denver Post
GH: But is he durable? What kind of a toll have those 14 seasons and multiple neck surgeries had on the future HOF quarterback? I don’t think the Chiefs will even see Manning on the other side of the line of scrimmage this season. He won’t last that long.
“So excited to join the FOX NFL Sunday Show!!! I have no idea what we’re gonna do, but we’re gonna fun… I know that!”
Rob Riggle, @RobRiggle, on the report that Riggle, a KU grad, will replace Frank Caliendo this season on Fox’s NFL pregame show, Twitter
GH: Kind of cool that a local guy is getting this gig. I can’t wait to see the chemistry between Riggle, Bradshaw, Howie and Jimmy. Fox’s pregame show continues to be my favorite on Sunday morning.
“Nothing against Frank, we love Frank. But it’s been nine years. We wanted something fresh. Rob is on the edge of becoming a huge star. We want to help him. And that helps our show too. Now, everybody just knows him as the guy in that movie.”
Chris Pizzi, Fox producer, on Riggle replacing Caliendo, USA Today
“The Madden going on sale tonight at midnight. There’s not a man, woman or child in America not excited.”
Mike Greenberg, ESPN Radio
GH: Well, there is at least one…
“Greg, c’mon…….no comparison between Lance doping and Sandusky “sanduskying”.”
P, OTC Reader Comments
GH: I have read the readers’ responses to my Lance/Sandusky comparison and received a number of emails disagreeing with it as well. As I wrote in a recent email response to a reader, it was not my proudest moment as a writer. While I didn’t mean the comparison to come off as many have perceived, I have no one to blame for that perception other than myself. It was a poor choice of words and one for which I would like to apologize.
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