Miami Dolphins game day: Tennessee Titans to start backup QB Matt Cassel, report says

Matt Cassel of the Tennessee Titans. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

MIAMI GARDENS — The Tennessee Titans will start veteran backup Matt Cassel against Miami in the Dolphins’ home opener on today, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported.

Starter Marcus Mariota had been considered a game-time decision and was listed on the injury report as questionable with a hamstring problem.

The Dolphins prepared for both quarterbacks last week knowing Mariota might miss the game.

“That’s the toughest thing when there’s an unknown here, especially with the differences in the two,” Dolphins coach Adam Gase said. “You can’t just redesign a whole offense, but at the same time, if Marcus plays, it’s really an emphasis on one thing. If Matt plays, it probably changes for them. Marcus causes a lot of problems. Really it starts with him and then you look at the pieces that he has around him, it makes it very difficult to defend. You have to be very sound. One little slip up, and then next thing you know, he’s running for a 40-yard touchdown.”

Cassel, 35, has played for six NFL franchises and is 2-4 against the Dolphins with an 86.6 passer rating. But he’s coming off a relief appearance in a 57-14 loss to Houston in which he was just 4 of 10 for 21 yards, two interceptions and an 8.3 passer rating.

Cassel started one game last season for the Titans and finished the season 30 of 51 for 284 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.

His best game against the Dolphins came in 2008 while playing for his original NFL team, the Patriots. Cassel led a 48-28 victory, going 30 of 43 for 415 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.

But Cassel lost his most recent meeting with the Dolphins, a 31-3 rout in 2011 while playing for the Chiefs. He was 20 of 39 for 253 yards and was sacked five times that day.

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