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Whirlwind season leaves Cowboys backup quarterback Matt Cassel thankful for opportunity

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Matt Cassel won one game in seven starts this season.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Matt Cassel won one game in seven starts this season. Star-Telegram

Matt Cassel opened the season as the starting quarterback for the Buffalo Bills, albeit for just one play.

If things had gone as planned, he might be returning to Buffalo Sunday as the starter for the Dallas Cowboys.

But nothing has gone right for Cassel in what he calls the craziest season of his career. He won just one game in seven starts with the Cowboys and has been benched in favor of Kellen Moore for the return trip to Buffalo.

"It’s disappointing not starting in general," Cassel said. "It’s been a tough and interesting season that’s all I can say. But any time you don’t win ball games it leaves a bad taste. As a quarterback, you are judged on wins and losses. I was unable to get the job done in that department and we weren’t as a team. That is what you are judged on and you have to accept it as a quarterback."

Cassel is doing everything he can to help Moore get ready for his first career start against the Bills. He said he has been in a similar position in the past and appreciated the support he received so he was eager to do the same.

Still, there is no way Cassel thought he would ever be in this position after being traded from the Bills to the Cowboys on Sept. 23.

Of course, that was only the second leg of Cassel interesting season. He was initially acquired by the Bills in the off-season from the Minnesota Vikings. He lost a battle for the starting job to Tyrod Taylor, although he took the first snap of the season as the starter in the opener.

He was with the Bills for two games before being traded to the Cowboys and forced to live in a hotel with an expectant wife.

"It’s been definitely the craziest year of my NFL career, getting traded twice, being in two different cities, being in two different offenses, doing all that stuff and then getting an opportunity to start here," Cassel said. "It didn’t turn out the way I wanted it, but at the same time I’m thankful for the opportunity.”

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