Much has been made in Kansas City about Matt Cassel’s problems staying upright.
In his first season as the Chiefs' quarterback, Cassel was sacked 42 times. It is clear if Kansas City, who finished 4-12 last season, are going to make solid improvement in 2010, they must address the offensive line. The team could use two or three new starters.
That’s why in my AFC West mock draft series, I’ve been giving the Chiefs Oklahoma State standout Russell Okung with the No. 5 pick. Okung has the look of an instant starter. He could allow No. 15 overall pick Branden Albert to move to right tackle or even guard and would give the Chiefs options.
Cassel is not mobile and he has been known to hold onto the ball too long. His sack issues are far from all the Chiefs’ offensive line’s fault. Cassel was sacked 47 times in 2008 as Tom Brady’s injury replacement in New England. In 2009, Brady was sacked just 16 times.
In fact, Cassel has been the second most sacked quarterback in the NFL the past two seasons, his only seasons as a starter.
Thanks to Keith Hawkins of ESPN Stats and Information, here is a look at Cassel’s sack woes. These statistics are based on a minimum of 1,000 drop backs (attempts plus sacks) over the last two seasons.