Matt Cassel gets bit of revenge against the Chiefs

08/23/2014 11:59 PM

08/24/2014 12:02 AM

Quarterback Matt Cassel made his first visit back to Arrowhead since leaving the Chiefs and signing with the Vikings. And he did it with style, hitting Cordarrelle Patterson for a 53-yard touchdown pass on Minnesota’s opening drive.

Afterward, the one-time Pro Bowler whose days in Kansas City ended with a benching against Cincinnati and resounding boos at the Major League Baseball All-Star Weekend in 2012 reflected on his night.

“It was a little bit different being on the other side of the ball,” said Cassel, who’s battling rookie Teddy Bridgewater for the starting job in Minnesota. “But at the same time, I have a lot of great memories here, so it was fun to be back tonight.”

Cassel said he understood the turn of events that sent him packing from the Chiefs, and assured he holds no grudges. All of his three kids were born here and he still enjoys KC.

“We didn’t win enough ball games,” he said. “And I know how this goes. I’ve been in this long enough to know that if you don’t win, normally they make changes. And they did.”

He also kept an eye on how well he Chiefs did last year with his successor in the pocket.

“I was really happy to see that they had a lot of success (last year),” Cassel said. “I know Alex Smith really well. He’s a heck of a quarterback, great guy, and I thought they did a heck of a job last year turning this thing around.”

To reach Jeff Rosen, call 816-234-4706 or send email to jrosen@kcstar.com.

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