Cassel Earns Dubious Distinction In Loss To Seahawks
Among the many dubious ironies that are threatening to bury your Dallas Cowboys before even the Thanksgiving holiday, there is none so startling perhaps than one that surrounds our favorite unsettled monument of positional ineptitude known as quarterback.
Matt Cassel, the beleaguered replacement to a hopelessly lost Brandon Weeden, went out of his way in piling-up 97 passing yards in Sunday’s 13-12 home-loss to the defending NFC champion Seattle Seahawks. That is the fewest passing yards by a Dallas starting quarterback who played an entire game since Clint Stoerner’s first NFL start in October of 2001, when he tallied 93 yards versus Arizona. (It was the fifth time in an eight-game stretch that the Cowboys had failed to crack triple-digits in passing yards.)
Stoerner was a hero of sorts on that day for the simple fact that the Cowboys were 17-3 winners. He was anything but a hero on the following Sunday when his four second-half interceptions led to a Cowboy collapse against the Giants. That loss dropped Dallas to 2-5 on the season, and was the last time the Cowboys owned such a record…until now.