Matt Cassel Postgame Comments

Posted Oct 31, 2010


Opening comments: “Long day at the office. Unbelievable. It was a battle out there today. Everybody is exhausted, but that is how it should be and it’s nice to leave here with a victory. It was a grind. I thought the defense played beautifully throughout the entire day. Offensively, we ran the ball very well. In the passing game, we really never got any momentum built up. We struggled at times. But, at the same time, at the end of the day, we made some plays when it counted. We walk out of here today with a victory and we are 5-2. So we’re all excited about that.”


At the end of regulation, when it was fourth and one, were you ready? Was there a thought that you might be actually going for it? “Coming in, I got the [particular play] call in my helmet [that] usually means quarterback sneak. So, I just got the guys on the ball and we went for it. I think we would have gotten it if they [the refs] didn’t blow the whistle. But, they called timeout. So, we punted the ball away.”

Were you surprised when you heard ‘sneak’ and not punt? “You’re so caught up in the moment, at that point, that you just kind of get on the line and go. I knew that it was fourth and one and we had to get that first down.”

Do you think there is an art to icing the kicker? “I’m sure there is. Icing the kicker is part of the game. You see it week in and week out with a bunch of different teams and that happens. I think it’s just the head coach’s call and what he perceives is the best for the team at that point.”

Did you sense from Buffalo, this was sort of a desperation game for them and they never gave up, but this team rose up to that kind of thing, did you sense something from this team maybe that you hadn’t had the chance to experience yet this season? “I think this was one of the craziest games I’ve been a part of and one that we had to continuously overcome adversity and the emotional roller coaster that we went through throughout the entire game. There were chances for them to win. There were chances for us to win. At the end of the day, we were really happy to walk away with a victory. Our hats go off to Buffalo. I thought they played hard all game. We knew that they were a good team, explosive team, with a lot of great players, and they played us down to the wire.”

I know that you like to be aggressive, but when things were kind of coming unglued there in the 4th quarter, was there ever a point where you were just like, ‘Man, why didn’t we just go for the field goal earlier and this would not have been necessary?’ Did that ever enter your mind today? “Not really. Once a play goes, you just move on. You try to keep moving forward. We knew that we were in four-down territory. Coach told us and so we prepared for that. Like I told you last week, it’s our job, as an offensive unit, when that comes up we have to get the first down.”

On RB Jamaal Charles and the running game. “[Charles] he has been a huge game changer. And he continues to be a guy that makes big plays week in and week out. The combination of him and Thomas [Jones] has been great for the team so far. Hopefully, as we move forward, these guys will continue to step up and play well for us. Jamaal is just an exceptional athlete and an exceptional player and we’re happy to have him on our team.”

How impressed have you been of Tony Moeaki as a rookie? “The thing that I’ve said about Tony before that continues to impress me is his maturity level. As a quarterback, when you can tell a guy just one time and he gets it, that’s reassuring and encouraging because when you go out on the field you can trust that he is going to be in the right spot and doing the right things and that’s really what you look for, especially in your tight end.”

How much easier has your job been this year with less sacks? “The offensive line has been playing great all year. I think it also starts with the running game. We continue to be able to put pressure on teams with the running game that allows us to alleviate some of the pressure in the pass game because while you can grind some people out and maybe get them tired a little bit, but at the same time, you set up your play action and get into manageable third-down situations.”

On the passing game: “You know, you always want to get the passing game going – especially as a quarterback. You want to feel like you are in a rhythm. Throughout most of the day, you didn’t see that. We weren’t able to get into a good rhythm in the passing game. But, on the other hand, we’re running the ball so well that we took advantage of what they [Buffalo] were giving us and they have a good secondary. I said last week that their secondary, I felt, was the strength of their defense. Their corners did a good job. There were some throws I wish I had back. But, at the same time, we made some big plays there at the end and we walked away with the victory.”

On the game potentially ending in a tie: “I knew that at the end of regulation it would be a tie, if was to come down to it. But, I wasn’t preparing any speeches or anything like that. But, I am really happy that we walked out of here with a W today.”

Do you look at this as a benchmark win? “Well, I think so. This team has been playing good football throughout the course of the year. But, at the same time, this was one of those games that challenge you as a player and challenge you to overcome adversity. It challenges you in many different ways. I think our defense stepped up. Our special teams stepped up and our offense stepped up when we need to.”

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