Boo-boo’d: Chiefs fans jeer injured QB Cassel

October 7, 2012


— Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel lay flat on his back in the fourth quarter, staring up at the sky, where just a few hours earlier an airplane towed a banner calling for him to be benched.

This wasn’t how anybody expected his time as Kansas City’s starting quarterback to end.

Cassel was eventually helped to his feet and walked off the field on his own, going up the tunnel and into the locker room with what the Chiefs described as a head injury. He never returned, leaving Brady Quinn to try to rally Kansas City to a victory over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.

Quinn didn’t have enough time.

He led the Chiefs to a field goal on his only series, but the Chiefs defense couldn’t get the ball back in the closing minutes, allowing the Ravens to hold on for a 9-6 victory.

“If we will play like that going forward, we give ourselves a chance to win the game,” Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel said. “We had a chance in this game. So even though I’m disappointed in the loss, the way the team played, we played much better overall football.”

That wasn’t necessarily the case for Cassel, who threw for just 92 yards and was picked off twice along with being credited for two lost fumbles.

His day finally ended when Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata got to him in the fourth quarter, hitting him just as he released a completed pass to Jamaal Charles out of the backfield.

Fans have been calling for Cassel to be benched for several weeks, and certainly have been dissatisfied with his performance for longer than that. He was booed during a celebrity softball game across the parking lot at Kauffman Stadium during Major League Baseball’s All-Star festivities.

The fact that some of them cheered when he got hurt didn’t sit well with the Chiefs.

“It’s 100 percent sickening,” right tackle Eric Winston said. “If he’s not the best quarterback, he’s not the best quarterback, and that’s OK. But he’s a person. And he got knocked out in a game and we’ve got 70,000 people cheering that he got knocked out.”

Jamaal Charles, who had 140 yards rushing in the game, said, “It’s just not right.”

It’s unclear how long Cassel will be out, but at this point every indication is that Quinn will be the starter when the Chiefs head to Tampa Bay next weekend.

Justin Tucker made all three of his field goal attempts for Baltimore (4-1), bailing out an offense that struggled much of the afternoon. Ray Rice ran for 101 yards, but Joe Flacco had just 187 yards passing and was intercepted once.

“They’re a good defense,” Flacco said. “I remember that from two years ago when we came here for the playoffs. We never really got in a rhythm the first half. The second half, I thought we played pretty good. We just didn’t capitalize in the red zone.”

Kansas City (1-4) spent most of the first half handing off to Charles and backup running back Shaun Draughn, doing everything in their power to keep from having to make Cassel win the game.

Charles responded most of the first two quarters, routinely gashing the Ravens defense for big gains. He had 125 yards rushing at halftime, more yards than Baltimore had as an offense.

Baltimore took advantage of the Chiefs’ first turnover when Tucker connected from 28 yards out with 1:21 left in the first quarter, but Ryan Succop’s 30-yarder sent the game to halftime tied 3-3.

Kansas City had a chance to pull ahead after Baltimore fumbled the opening kickoff of the second half. Pass interference gave the Chiefs the ball at the 1-yard line, but Cassel fumbled the snap and Reed recovered it, keeping the game tied.

Tucker added a 26-yard field goal moments later, and after Cassel was picked off on a pass that bounced off Bowe’s helmet, Tucker hit again from 39 yards to make it 9-3.

Cassel was hurt midway through the fourth quarter. Quinn entered the game and thought he’d given the Chiefs the lead when he found Dwayne Bowe for a would-be touchdown, but Dexter McCluster was called for pass interference and the Chiefs had to settle for another field goal.

Flacco scrambled for 16 yards on third-and-15 with a couple minutes left in the game, and Rice plunged for another first down with just over a minute remaining to help run out the clock.

“We play a team game. It’s offense, defense and special teams, and I need all of them clicking to make it happen, and they didn’t click enough to make it happen today,” said Crennel, now 27-45 as an NFL head coach. “If the defense clicks like it did today, we’ll have a chance.”

Notes: Chiefs LBs Justin Houston and Tamba Hali each had two sacks. ... Kansas City has been outscored 44-6 in the first quarter this season. ... Quinn was playing for the first time since Dec. 20, 2009, with Cleveland. ... The Ravens had 298 yards of offense. They’re averaging 310.5 yards in two road games and 457 yards in four home games.


Brian Conrad 5 years, 7 months ago

look Winston may think he has good intentions... but for a guy on this team for few months ... well he can hitch his wagon right up with Paoli , Romeo, Matt and Winston hope all 4 are gone next year... I take offense to him playing lousy , just in town attacking fans. was it out of line for the few that may have actually liked the injury.. you bet.. did 99% of Chiefs fans want him hurt.. NO WAY ! I blame the whole thing on Romeo. Romeo needs to wise up and listen to the fans.. they pay the bills... go back to the 80s and see how much these guys would be getting paid if Chiefs fans stopped going to games and turned off the TVs.. Personally I have had it.. Chiefs will not get one more dime.. Mr. Winston it was your fellow players that put out bounties.. not us fans.. did you stand up anrd run your mouth when that happened.. was really attempting to hurt a fellow player worse than cheering? face it cowards attack fans and protect their fellow players because it may not be popular in the clubhouse..

Cassel has been in terrible slump this year.. and not great for many years.. the real insult is the millions the players make and to show up so unfocused.. fumbles , penalties, these are prep problems.. why does Mr. Winston not address this problem.. is it ok for your QB to have 4 turnovers every game? how about 10 turnovers? pretty much cost the game fumbling on the half yard line.. I hope Matt recovers fast.. and as soon as he does the Chiefs wake up and bench him.. For a franchise not even able to win a playoff game in years .. with KC fans shelling out millions for the stadiums.. to put up with David Glass... well Mr. Winston SHUT UP! Chiefs fans do you need you wagging your finger at us.. in fact I have one for you...

Brian Conrad 5 years, 7 months ago

Romeo WAKE up! 92 yards.. 2 ints , 2 lost fumbles ( one that cost the game ) and you believe the team played much better? would love to have Marty back... these players would not hear that BS. this team will set NFL record for turnovers.. ROMEO MUST GO!

by the way Eric... do your job and Matt may not have been flattened .. not the fans job to protect the QB .. you get big money to do that.. SHUT UP AND DO IT!

Brian Conrad 5 years, 7 months ago

since you can not read , watch video Babby Winston #74 actually misses block and pushes raven player into Cassel causing the injury.. in the video it is easy to hear and see the Chiefs fans cheering the first down . Not Cassel injury.. in background you can hear speaker loudly say first down and then cheers.

Flap Doodle 5 years, 7 months ago

You been taking punctuation lessons from tuschie?

Seth Peterson 5 years, 7 months ago

Watch the source video, the story is bunk - no one cheered for Cassel being hurt. They cheered a first down, were quiet when it was seen that someone was down, they cheered again when the guy walked off the field - same as they would for anyone. It's sad Chiefs football is so bad this year that this has to made into a story to get any attention.

labmonkey 5 years, 7 months ago

Why don't you watch the following video before you flipping go off... but you have to be perpetually pissed at something. They cheered for the 16 yard completion and went quiet when Cassel didn't get up. They cheered when he was able to leave under his own power.

Brian Conrad 5 years, 7 months ago

BABy read before comment . did I approve of any cheering someone hurt, NO ! and by the way bring it on ... go to a Raiders game fool.. BABY would not make it out alive. what team do you cheer for crybaby?

Armstrong 5 years, 7 months ago

Chiefs "fans" are a joke. Years ago I was an avid fan but having gone to Arrowhead on several occasions I observed numerous "fans" too drunk to even sit in their seats, fights in the stands and obnoxious @holes having food fights. Really ? These are the "fans" that opitimize stupid. I would be embarrassed to be called a Chiefs "fan". .

riverdrifter 5 years, 7 months ago

I'd say I have been to about 160 Chiefs games down through the years. Saw a few drunk fans just about every game and an occasional fight (mostly involving drunken Raiders fans, who, often as not, were fighting amongst themselves) and not one "food fight" ever. Chiefs games have a mild crowd compared to most NFL venues, believe me.

Brian Conrad 5 years, 7 months ago

can you read? did not say cheer for someone hurt idiot.. 90% of fans upset with douchebag Winston.. he misrepresented everything.. first was not close to 70,000 there. second tape replay you can hear people cheered first down... and when Matt got up. third point was how can a guy say nothing when his fellow players put out real bounties to hurt other players and go into steriod induce rage at a handful of fans out of tens of thousands. last but not least Winston missed the block when Cassel was hurt.

riverdrifter 5 years, 7 months ago

I was there for the first time this year (and the last). This whole thing is a created event. Yes, a few d-bags cheered when Cassel went down. The majority of the cheers in question came out when Brady Quinn came on the field to replace him and I think that's what has caused all the consternation. Cassell received a hearty round of polite applause when he came off the field. BTW, I'd bet there were only ~30,000 or so left in the joint when this happened. We were soon gone as well. I went to the game the only way I EVER would anymore: free tickets. Man, the" Arrowhead Experience" has changed in the two years since I've been there. The fans are in near-full revolt. It will be complete when 30,000 are there at the START of the game and it's blacked out. It's coming.

john heleniak 5 years, 7 months ago

I was at the game and I cheered when Quinn came on to the field. Just like everyone else did. I also cheered when Cassel walked off the field. But, just as Jason Whitlock wrote, the Chiefs fans deserve better!! It's time for Paoli, Crennel, Cassel, and Winston to leave and bring in people who care about the fans!

I'm tired about people complaining about chief fans being wrong. We buy the tickets, pay for parking and buy food at the stadium; we definitely have the right to voice our opinions about the owner, GM, coaches and the players!

This is a great read -

Seth Peterson 5 years, 7 months ago

Watch the source video, the story is bunk - no one cheered for Cassel being hurt. They cheered a first down, were quiet when it was seen that someone was down, they cheered again when the guy walked off the field - same as they would for anyone. It's sad Chiefs football is so bad this year that this has to made into a story to get any attention.

labmonkey 5 years, 7 months ago

ESPN (owned by by the same people as ABC), CNN, and about every other network have reported this as true. Watch the video, and you can see it is a bald-faced lie. Eric Winston has probably added himself to the Steve Bono/Lin Elliot list now that he threw the whole fan base under the bus on national television.

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