Matt Cassel will be back as the Chiefs’ starting quarterback next week. Chiefs coach Todd Haley confirmed during his postgame news conference following Sunday’s 44-13 loss to the Broncos that he’ll go back to Cassel despite benching his starter in favor of backup Brodie Croyle in the lopsided loss.
Haley pulled Cassel late during the third quarter, saying he felt the game was out of reach. He also gave Cassel a vote of confidence.
“I’m very confident in Matt,” Haley said. “Our first series we had a chance to make a huge play on third down. I thought that Matt prepared and was ready to go. The game didn’t go the way he or we wanted it to go and then we let some negative things happen.”
Cassel completed 10 of 29 passes for 84 yards with two interceptions. In his place, Croyle hit on 6-of-14 attempts for 50 yards.
“There were a lot of things going wrong out there,” Cassel said. “We didn’t get in much of a rhythm all day; we didn’t take advantage of a few big-play opportunities. I can’t throw [my receivers] the ball, obviously, and there were a number of issues, especially on the offensive side of the ball today.”