Matt Cassel thriving on the lack of sack

There are many reasons the Chiefs are one of three 3-0 teams in the NFL.

The defense is better. The Chiefs are tough against the run and have a renewed pass rush. The running game is terrific and the rookie class is dynamic.

Yet, there is another reason Kansas City is undefeated: Quarterback Matt Cassel is not being sacked much. Credit has to go to an improved offensive line and to Cassel himself for avoiding pressure.

Last year, Cassel was sacked 42 times, which was tied for the fourth most in the NFL. Through three games, Cassel has been sacked just twice. In an interview with a Kansas City radio station, Cassel said it is his duty to not go down so easily. Here is what Cassel had to say:

"That’s a part of my job. With the way that we are playing our offensive scheme this year and how we are running the ball and how our defense is playing, part of my job is to say, ‘Hey, if something is not there, let’s throw the ball away and move on to the next play.’ Or, if something’s not there on third down, let’s throw the ball away or try to run the ball instead and try to get the first down that way because our defense is playing so well. Part of my job is to take care of the football. If I see a free rusher coming, I’m going to throw the ball away and we are going to live to fight the next play.”

Meanwhile, Cassel lauded the play of third-round draft pick Tony Moeaki. The tight end has become a major part of the offense. He caught a beautiful touchdown pass from Cassel in the Chiefs’ 31-10 win over the 49ers on Sunday. Here are Cassel’s thoughts on Moeaki’s impact.

“Tony is a guy that’s come in here and worked tremendously hard. He was a guy that was reliable and accountable throughout camp. As a quarterback, that’s what you love to see. You love to see a guy that can come in and know what to do and get to the right spots. ... It’s been a great few weeks for him and we hope that continues. I make that catch every day in practice when we are warming up, so I told him it was pretty good -- I’m just kidding. I thought it was phenomenal. It makes my life a lot easier when you can throw the ball up and guys can go up and make play like that.”

Moeaki isn’t the only rookie playing well. First-round pick Eric Berry, second-round picks Dexter McCluster and Javier Arenas and fifth-round pick Kendrick Lewis are all making a big impact.