Haley excited that Cassel survived

One topic that came out of Chiefs coach Todd Haley’s news conference Monday was the outlook for QB Matt Cassel, who is entering his second season as the team’s starter.

Cassel’s first season in K.C. was riddled with obstacles from the jump. Haley admits as much, and wants to move past last season when it comes to Cassel, who will now be working under offensive coordinator Charlie Weis and is surrounded by veterans Thomas Jones, Chris Chambers, an improving Jamaal Charles and a re-tooled interior of the offensive line.

“He’s going to fall under the one-year rule,” Haley offered when asked if it would be more apparent what Cassel is capable of. “He’s got a year under his belt after a very difficult year. Coming from a different place to a new place, different teammates and at the quarterback position, that’s even more difficult probably than most other positions.

“When you throw in the system, all the things he had to go through, it was a difficult year, but he survived it and that’s what I’m really excited about. He’s a tough-minded guy. He’s fired up; he’s working his backside off and is putting himself in the best position to be successful.”

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