Quarterback Matt Cassel impressed in place of the injured Christian Ponder Sunday for the Minnesota Vikings. Starting for the first time since November 2012, Cassel threw for 248 yards and two touchdowns, leading the Vikings to their first win, 34-27 over Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers in London.
CBS analyst Phil Simms had high praise for Cassel’s play Monday on Schein on Sports, suggesting that the former Patriots and Chiefs quarterback has gotten a bum rap in the past.
“I’m a Matt Cassel guy,” Simms said. “And when people say, ‘Oh, in Kansas City,’ I go, ‘Look: Quarterback was not the problem in Kansas City. There were 20 of them, and quarterback was 20th.’ Matt Cassel is a physically, pretty talented guy by NFL standards at the quarterback position. Tough as they come, great leader. Knows how to play the position. Has presence on the field.”
Simms also spoke about the style of play the Vikings need to play in order to compete, and how Cassel fits that style.
“You got Adrian Peterson,” Simms said. “You don’t need to throw little bootlegs for three yards. You run it, because you can run the ball for three and five yards. When you throw it, you need to hammer that thing down the field. And that’s what they were looking to do [Sunday]. It all made sense.”
Simms and Schein then discussed whether Cassel should hold on to the starting job when Christian Ponder returns from injury.
Schein on Sports with Adam Schein airs weekdays at 12 pm ET on Mad Dog Sports Radio, SiriusXM channel 86.