But honestly, the radio hosts that keep throwing wood on that fire and the fan base that won't let the smoke smolder - need to give the 2010 AFC West Champion quarterback a little slack.
On Monday, the Chiefs quarterback sounded anything like a person who cared even the slightest about some of that negative public sentiment. All he cares about, after the teams first Organized Team Activity on Monday, was to make sure that his team gains something out of the process.
"These OTAs are pivotal for us as an offense and also as a team," Cassel said. "You build that camaraderie. You're out on the field, you're working on technique, you're working on skills and you can't spend enough time together as a group, as a unit, especially offensively with the new offensive scheme to really tone our skills."
And Cassel has that skill set to lead the Chiefs in their quest to gain another AFC West Title. He more than anyone understands what happens in the early stages of team activities in the month of May; could pay huge dividends in September - when the real games begin.
"We've been up in that film room and that study room studying our butts off, so it's been good to get out there today and compete against each other, put what we've been learning out on the field, and it was a fun day," he said.
Cassel, even before the hand injury that cut his season short, took a lot of grief about his play in 2010 and most of it was unfair. Still he never made any excuses despite the obvious friction between himself and his former head coach.
But with a fresh start under new Head Coach Romeo Crennel, a legitimate offensive coordinator in Brian Daboll and better talent at this disposal, there's no reason that Cassel can't return to his Pro Bowl form.
And sadly until he does that, the pocket of naysayers will be in full force. But Cassel could care less about that right now. He understands that all that matters right now is getting the most out of these workouts with his teammates.
"I think we get a lot out of these OTAs. I think every day that we can be out here together as a unit, as a group, build that camaraderie and continue to tone our skills and work together is going to be a step in the right direction. These OTAs are pivotal for us, especially being that it's a new offense, new offensive terminology and scheme, and just try to get better each and every day," Cassel said.
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