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Matt Cassel isn’t going anywhere

Matt Cassel,  Kyle Orton

Kansas City Chiefs quarterbacks Kyle Orton, left, and Matt Cassel stand during warm-ups before an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011. Both will sit out tonight’s game. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)


When the 2011 season ended, it was worth wondering if Matt Cassel was a lock to return to the Chiefs. It’s not worth wondering anymore.

Romeo Crennel seems to want a competition at quarterback, but his statements have indicated that Cassel will be part of that competition. New offensive coordinator Brian Daboll supported that notion Tuesday.

“A have a lot of confidence in Matt Cassel. I’ve watched him on tape and I know the player,” Daboll said via Josh Looney of

Keeping Cassel makes sense. With Crennel in charge, the Chiefs are hoping to maintain as much continuity as possible. Cassel is “only” due $5.25 million this year after costing much more in previous years.

We wouldn’t be surprised to see the Chiefs bring back Kyle Orton or bring in a quality rookie to compete with Cassel. But Cassel remains the heavy favorite to be the Week 1 starter.