“It’s not like we’ve been blown out of any of these games. It’s been close. We make a play here, we make a play there, and then it all changes for us. At the same time, there’s a lot of positive in this building, because we know we’re only one game back. A lot of years, you can’t say that. You go into some divisions, and it’s tough sledding trying to get back after a five game slide. But you get back right now, you beat Philadelphia, and you’re right back in the division. So, there should be a lot of optimism in this building.” – Matt Cassel, Quarterback
The reason Cassel’s quote carries so much weight is because of the tone, persona and belief behind it. When I asked him about the five game losing streak, Cassel was frankly calm, cool and collected. His attitude and aura solidifies the idea that the head coach is keeping all media negativity, outside rumors and fan speculation outside of these four walls. As the starting quarterback and current face of the franchise, Cassel’s comment proved that this team is in a state of belief, not a state of bewilderment.