Chiefs will have a quarterback competition

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Matt Cassel has said he’s ready to compete to be the starting quarterback for the Chiefs this year. He’d better be.

Both Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel and General Manager Scott Pioli told the Kansas City Star that there will be a quarterback competition this offseason.

“There will be increased competition at every position, including the quarterback position,” Pioli said. “Who that is, I don’t know. Maybe it’s Kyle [Orton], maybe it’s another free agent, maybe it’s a draft choice, I don’t know. Very few people can perform at an extremely high level without competition.”

Orton, who started the last three games of the season after Crennel took over for fired coach Todd Haley, is an unrestricted free agent, but both Pioli and Crennel seem to want him back to compete with Cassel.

“Kyle did a good job in those three games, and you can’t take that away,” Crennel said. “I wouldn’t be sitting here if he didn’t do the job he did.”

A Cassel-Orton competition sounds like something Crennel would like to preside over in training camp.

“What happens in free agency remains to be seen,” Crennel said. “I know competition makes everybody better, and we’ll just have to see what kind of competition we’re going to have at the quarterback position.”

29 responses to “Chiefs will have a quarterback competition

  1. Kyle Orton is slated for unrestricted free agency, and I would be surprised to see him return to Kansas City for 2012. More interesting will be what the Chiefs do with Dwayne Bowe and Brandon Carr and seeing if the team will use its franchise tag on either of them.

  2. Haha. Nice. I remember when Crennel actually said he flipped a coin to decide between giving Brady Quinn or Derek Anderson the starting job. I like Crennel but I figured he would stay away from a QB competition like the plague after Cleveland.

    Good luck Kansas City.

  3. Romeo Crennel is a great coach. Remember, he got shafted in cleveland. He developed a team that went 10-6, and had to deal with the likes of charlie frye, brady quinn and derek anderson. Its not his fault quinn was a bust, and he still got the most out of derek anderson and sent him to a PRO BOWL! As a bengals fan, I was glad to see romeo crennel go, because him and phil savage had that team headed in the right direction. As usual the browns FO screwed that up and listened to their idiot fanbase. I can say this with confidence because I lived in cleveland for 3 years! Anyhow, good luck romeo, this time you dont have such an abysmal franchise to take over like the expansion browns were! Bring KC some wins and prove them all wrong, prove how good you really are, because I already knew it!

  4. Crennel is a good guy and I’m glad he got a second chance.

    I’m wondering who Jim Fassel ticked off not to get a second chance…especially after making it to the Super Bowl..

  5. I don’t think it matters who the starter is..that’s a team that is going to have to play defense, play for field position, turnovers and break big plays. The more they have to pass the more they risk an eventual INT (Cassel) or fumble by sack (Orton for holding on to the ball too long).

    Ricky Stanzi could get a look, or they may draft another. I’d franchise Bowe, before Brandon Carr.

  6. To answer your queston, John Fassel has a wrap for not being able to handle success…Let’s just leave it at that.

  7. There will be competition, as long as it’s cheap.

    bbk1000: I’ve wondered about that for years now.

  8. Why would Kyle Orton go back to a team that he’s going not going to be the consensus starter? He’s played well and gotten benched in Chicago and Denver. Why have that possibility in KC? Go someplace like Miami or perhaps even Seattle where you can play and not have to really look over your shoulder constantly.

  9. YES!!!! SOOOO glad their not gonna hitch the wagon to Cassel without competition. He’s not good at tackle football.

  10. An Orton/Cassel competition would be over within two weeks of training camp. Kyle Orton is far and away the better QB. I think he’s a very underrated player, and Cassel is just awful.

    With guys like Charles, Bowe, Breaston, Moeaki, Baldwin and McCluster surrounding him, he’d have no problem moving that offense up and down the field. He’s never had that many weapons before in his career. With him at the helm and that young, attacking defense, the Chiefs would be a scary team.

  11. Someone please tell Mr. Pioli to go out and make a play for Peyton Manning! I don’t care that he may never be as effective as he has been in past. Even at 75% effectiveness, he’s better than anything the Chiefs currently have on their roster.

  12. The more they have to pass the more they risk an eventual INT (Cassel) or fumble by sack (Orton for holding on to the ball too long).
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    Funny because he threw the ball in 2010 457 times for 27 touchdowns and 7 interceptions, I’d say that’s taking care of the ball.

  13. Jim Fassel is now too old for most NFL owners. He was honest enough to tell the Cardinals, who interviewed after the 2003 season, that the empty suit the Cardinals have as a GM (Rod Graves) was no good. It is a joke that Jim Fassel has been passed over so many times.
    Romeo Crennel is even older than Fassel, obese and lacks the energy and drive to succeed as a head coach. His Cleveland defenses were nothing special, The Rooney rule may have helped him. Todd Haley’s aggressive personality probably alienated so many that Romeo’s laid back personality was a short term fix.
    Fassel worked miracles with 1996 Cardinals as the offensive coordinator (his only year there) and immediately improved the Giants (1997). Fassel, like Mike Sherman with the Packers, was not allowed to have one bad year (injuries, no franchise QB, pre-Eli).

  14. Good luck with another QB competition Romeo. I really liked Romeo when he was in Cleveland – I wished he had better O & D coordinators though. I would loved to have gone to Sizzler and terrorize a buffet line with him!

    Romeo was another HC that Toni Grossi ran out of town. Once TG start writing negative pieces about the guy all the other hacks, without their own opinions, jumped on that typical negative Cleveland bandwagon.

  15. @bleedgreen
    Kyle Orton will always have to be looking over his shoulder because he defines “mediocre.” No team is going to build their future around him. Stick him in Miami or Seattle and the backups immediately will start pushing him or there would in short order be a rookie arriving on the scene as the QB of the future.

  16. Obviously Pioli never competed at a high level. The greatest competition you will ever have comes from within. Great coaching, natural talent and that desire TO compete in a contest and against yourself is the formula. Any great athlete knows EXACTLY what I mean.

    To compete for your job makes you better? Really? That forces some people to try harder so as to keep their jobs. And?

    Tons of people have talent. Not so many have that burning desire. You can’t teach that desire and thus his statement makes him look like someone who never played anything at a high level and does not get it.

    So Cassell isn’t trying hard enough? Maybe he is not quite good enough. Pioli is a clown.

  17. nflofficeadmin says: Feb 3, 2012 7:38 AM

    To answer your queston, John Fassel has a wrap for not being able to handle success…Let’s just leave it at that.
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    What about Jim Fassell?

  18. bbk1000 says:
    Feb 3, 2012 7:13 AM
    Crennel is a good guy and I’m glad he got a second chance.

    I’m wondering who Jim Fassel ticked off not to get a second chance…especially after making it to the Super Bowl..
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    Ditto Brian Billick. He WON a Super Bowl.

  19. as a lifelong Browns fan yes RAC Is a good guy . i wish him much success unless its against the Browns of course . he is a players coach . unfortunately his players quit on him in Cleveland . way to show the love guys . about that coin flip for the QB competition ? didn’t he learn the first time around .

  20. wikidpissah says:
    Feb 3, 2012 9:49 AM
    nflofficeadmin says: Feb 3, 2012 7:38 AM

    To answer your queston, John Fassel has a wrap for not being able to handle success…Let’s just leave it at that.
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    What about Jim Fassell?
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    What about John Stossel?

  21. Why wouldn’t Orton re-sign? He’s not going to walk into camp anywhere as the unquestioned starter. I’m not sure that he’d be an improvement over Cassel, but he could have a long career as a solid backup.

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