Matt Cassel threw three more interceptions against the Chargers on Sunday, bringing his season total to seven and his overall total of turnovers this year to 10 as the Chiefs staggered to their third blowout loss in the first four weeks.
Despite those totals, Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel didn’t even wait to be asked about Cassel before saying that the team would be sticking with him as their signal caller against the Ravens in Week Five. Crennel danced around questions about whether or not he was considering making a change to Brady Quinn during the course of the loss, but was more emphatic when it came to sticking with Cassel.
“He still can do some good things,” Crennel said, via Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star. “The second half, we tried to rally a little bit and we were able to move the ball down the field. We had a spark of life there in the third quarter, and he was the one that helped that spark.”
It’s true. Down 27-6 in the third quarter of a home game, Cassel was able to lead the Chiefs on their first touchdown drive of the game. That helped make the final score 37-20 and who knows what kind of humiliation the Chiefs would have had to face without that spark of life in the third quarter.
Seriously, though, it’s harder to keep looking for the upside of keeping Cassel in the lineup. He’s got a long enough resume at this point in time to feel confident that he isn’t a quarterback who is going to win too many games for you on the back of his own performance, but he’s plenty capable of losing one for you. Quinn’s probably not the answere, but it is one of many places where the Chiefs need to get better and one of many changes that Teicher’s colleague Sam Mellinger suggests the team make in what’s becoming a frequent call for bloodletting in the hometown paper.