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Kansas City Chiefs: John Dorsey Shows No Enthusiasm on Matt Cassel

Jan 14, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs general manager John Dorsey speaks during the press conference announcing his hiring at the University of Kansas Hospital Training Complex. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
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Farzin VousoughianContributor IIIFebruary 14, 2013

New Kansas City Chiefs general manager John Dorsey took some time to join NFL Network's NFL AM Wednesday morning. As expected, Dorsey was asked about what he thinks about the current roster, being the new general manager, and which college players the Chiefs have looked at so far.

The quarterback position is the most obvious need for Kansas City and the panel from NFL AM asked Dorsey a couple of questions about it. After a minute in with Dorsey, Steve Wyche took over and pitched questions about the quarterback spot.

Wyche's first question was whether or not there is a player worth taking No. 1 overall.

Dorsey's response:

"You may think I'm dodging the answer, but we truly aren't going to get to the quarterbacks in our draft meeting, look at them entirely until Friday and Saturday of this week, so I can't really give you a concrete answer on that."

Wyche later asked Dorsey if he would be comfortable opening up the 2013 season with Matt Cassel as his quarterback.

Dorsey's response:

"I think Matt Cassel has demonstrated the skill to play in the National Football League."

Following his ephemeral response to the question, the panel was silent for about two seconds, thinking Dorsey had more to say, but he didn't. Dorsey was more lively answering the first question, which was a joke about how much thought the Chiefs have given into drafting Leon Sandcastle.

But this isn't the first time we've seen someone with high authority speak lowly on Cassel.

Last year, shortly after Romeo Crennel was officially named the head coach, was asked about Cassel and the rookie draft class and said "until we get another QB signed, Cassel is the guy."

It was speculated that Crennel didn't like Cassel nor was he excited to even talk about him during that press conference.

Dorsey comes off the same exact way when talking about Cassel in just 15 words. He felt the need to simply say that Cassel has demonstrated the skill to play in the NFL, which can be said for any player who has signed an NFL contract.

About a majority of the college football players looking to make it in the NFL have all demonstrated the skill to play in the NFL.

With that being said, it doesn't sound like Cassel is viewed highly by the new regime. Andy Reid said during his introductory press conference that he wants to find the next Len Dawson. It doesn't take much to realize that Cassel, nor Brady Quinn, will be the next Dawson.

It doesn't appear that the Chiefs will keep Cassel on the roster this offseason. Like every Chiefs fan, Dorsey is aware that Cassel has been given four years to help turn the franchise around and only had one good season while having issues moving the offense in other years.

After hearing Dorsey speak on Cassel, it pretty much guarantees that the new regime is looking to part ways with him this offseason.

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