"Bulldog" Bob Fescoe is the host of Fescoe in the Morning, heard weekdays 6a-9a on 610 Sports Radio. The KU grad has been a voice in the Kansas City sports scene for the better part of the last decade and brings his passion to the table with some bite every weekday morning.
I guess you can say I got my football fix last Thursday afternoon watching the Chiefs go thru a practice at Bishop Miege High School. Two hours later, after watching these guys run numerous plays, I came to one major conclusion. Matt Cassel is the leader of this team and that CAN’T be disputed. Fans all over KC fall on one of two sides when it comes to Cassel, the Chiefs QB. They either like him or they loathe him. His detractors will tell you that he is not good enough to lead a team to the Super Bowl. His supporters will tell you that he is a guy, that with good enough players around him, can lead a team to the top. The Chiefs have done an exceptional job surrounding Cassel with talent. They still could add some more, particularly on the offensive line, but for the most part have given him enough talent to win…and it showed last season.
What showed last week was the fact that his teammates now know that he is the leader and that should translate to the fans as well. Cassel worked to get his teammates to show up, on their own dime and time to participate in voluntary workouts. 40 plus guys off the 53 man roster showed up because Cassel asked them to attend. Guys would not show up if they did not respect their quarterback. Guys would not show up if they thought he was a joke. Guys showed up because they respect and believe in Matt Cassel. If the players believe, its time for the fans to put their trust in number 7. Its time for the detractors to stop detracting and start supporting. If the fans get behind Cassel, it will make it that much easier for him to bring a title to Kansas City.
When the 2011 season starts, and we WILL have football, use your energy to cheer for Cassel instead of using it to find fault. Cassel has been the biggest leader this team has seen since Trent Green retired. He can lead this team for many years to come and took a big step in doing that last week during the workouts.
Another guy who took his leadership to the next level was Derrick Johnson. Johnson is now the leader of the defense both on the field and off the field. Johnson is the elder statesman and with Mike Vrabel most likely retiring, that leaves the role of leader up to Johnson. He has already taken steps in that department. Johnson was very vocal last week during the workout and most of his teammates looked to him for answers. DJ has done a 180 as a player under Todd Haley and it has been much needed for the Chiefs.
When the season begins, its nice to know that the Chiefs already have their 2 leaders: Cassel on offense and DJ on defense. We won’t have to ever have to answer the question: “Who’s team is this” because as Chiefs fans, we know!