Poor Matt Cassel.
After backing up a handful of future NFL starting quarterbacks at the University of Southern California, the signal caller was drafted by the New England Patriots in 2005 where he backed up Tom Brady for a few seasons.
An injury to Brady during Cassel’s fourth season finally allowed the former USC talent to see the field which he eventually turned into a starting gig with the Kansas City Chiefs the following year.
Of course, despite a handful of solid seasons, that starting gig didn’t last and Cassel found himself on the sidelines yet again before joining the Minnesota Vikings.
Void of any elite signal caller, Cassel was hoping he’d be able to win the starting quarterback job but the Vikings had other plans, installing what was nothing short of a quarterback carousal before drafting Teddy Bridgewater in the first round of the 2014 NFL draft.
It was just another sign that Cassel’s playing time would become even more limited than before, which understandably likely isn’t sitting well with the ten-year veteran who doesn’t appear overly thrilled with the idea of mentoring a young player who is set to take his job.
Caught by TMZ cameras at Los Angeles International airport, Cassel was asked about teaching Bridgewater in which the quarterback reluctantly replied ‘I guess you could call it that’, before suggesting that he’s ‘just a teammate’.
A little salty, certainly, but in fairness to Cassel he appeared a bit taken back by the camera and wanted nothing to do with the interview.