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Crennel cracks door for Quinn

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On Sunday, Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel said that Matt Cassel is still the team’s starting quarterback.  On Monday, Crennel reiterated that position — with a caveat.

Crennel said the Chiefs may give Brady Quinn some of the first-team reps in practice this week, as the team prepares to host the 3-1 Ravens.

“At some point, as a coach, you go through and you see what’s happening in the game and how a guy is reacting and how he’s responding to what’s happening in the game,” Crennel said, via Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star.  “If you feel he’s inept, constantly making poor decisions, bad choices, then that’s when you move on from him and give someone else a chance.”

If you feel he’s inept.  The fact that the Chiefs could be getting Quinn ready to play means that the powers-that-be are at least thinking Cassel may be inept.

There’s also a chance Quinn would be used to merely snap Cassel out of his funk.  “You pull him out, put somebody else in, let him settle down and maybe he goes back in,” Crennel said.  “As a coach, you get a feeling about whether he’s making good decisions, poor decisions . . . those kind of things all kind of play into it.”

At No. 2 on the depth chart, Quinn has to at least be having flashbacks to 2011, when he was leapfrogged by the No. 3 man in Denver — Tim Tebow — after the Broncos opted to bench Kyle Orton.  But Ricky Stanzi’s star has faded in Kansas City; he went from competing with Quinn in the offseason to being a distant No. 3 in the regular season.

Besides, with no one buying “Stand Up for Stanzi” billboard in Kansas City, Quinn won’t have to worry about the mob making personnel decisions.

Again.

For now, Cassel is the one who should be worrying.  And part of the plan surely is to see if the threat of being labeled “inept” will get him to be more, um, ept.

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45 Responses to “Crennel cracks door for Quinn”
  1. bechillin says: Oct 2, 2012 8:40 AM

    USC QB’s always suck: palmer, leinart, sanchez and cassel are all terrible

  2. gadzod says: Oct 2, 2012 8:41 AM

    Now this might be just me, but he went 11-5 with the Patriots. 1 of 2 things I believe is true.

    1. Cassel is an average QB , and he was just on a great team with a GREAT system (Which I have always questioned Brady’s ability without Bill B)

    2. He had a fluke year, even with the great system, and KC looks like a fool for taking the bait.

    I really think its the former.

  3. southpaw2k says: Oct 2, 2012 8:49 AM

    Ladies and gentlemen, my pick for the 2012 AFC West Champions prior to the season’s start.

    And now Crennel is hinting that Quinn may get first-team reps this week.

    That’s gotta be one of the worst prognostications I’ve made in a while, and that’s saying something.

  4. skins1982 says: Oct 2, 2012 8:57 AM

    Rg3 could fix your situation in a lions heartbeat. A small price paid by the redskins for the Michael Jordan of the NFL. The division has flipped!!!!! You’ve been warned!!!!!!!!!

  5. dannyreneau says: Oct 2, 2012 8:58 AM

    Good. I think.

  6. jeffwinters7 says: Oct 2, 2012 8:58 AM

    It amazes me that somebody with your visibility has so little concern with looking stupid. Tebow was never number three on the depth chart and the fans did not make a personnel decision in Denver. The coaches moved to Tebow, he won some games, and they got a playoff win. Now Denver has moved on, Tebow has moved on, but you feel the need to cling to false reports that you published last offseason.

  7. blogatron2000 says: Oct 2, 2012 9:03 AM

    Before the season started, I was convinced that Cassel would be an acceptable game manager this season because he had a good supporting cast and the benefit of a good defense. Looks like I was big time wrong on both counts and they’re a total train wreck.

    I’m thinking some”ept” coaching might help as well.

  8. flipside715 says: Oct 2, 2012 9:08 AM

    Kyle Orton led the Chiefs to give the Packers their only loss of the regular season last year. Makes no sense for Pioli to not bring back arguably the best backup QB in the league when he has Cassel.

  9. kcflake says: Oct 2, 2012 9:10 AM

    Cassel needs to have his ass permanently planted on the bench for the remainder of the season. he has had more than enought ime to prove he is worthy of being a starting NFL QB. He has failed. The Chiefs need to trade or release Cassel and find our own RG3 or Andrew Luck this offseason. Pioli can hit the road too. It is sad die hard Chiefs fans have to suffer through another CRAP season before we can actually get a QB. Oh how I wish for the good old days of Marty, Derrick Thomas, Neil Smith and Christian Okoye.

  10. txxxchief says: Oct 2, 2012 9:11 AM

    Time to try something different until the Chiefs get a chance to draft a real QB next year. The team is going nowhere with Cassel.

  11. polegojim says: Oct 2, 2012 9:14 AM

    Tough situation any way you look at it.

    Quinn is an average back up QB. There’s a reason he’s playing for the Chiefs.

    NO good solution in KC.

    Along with Cassel, Romeo is another one who benefited from Bill B. Not much success since… 24-40 / 27-43 since leaving the Pats org.

  12. brownsclown says: Oct 2, 2012 9:16 AM

    This is a dream come true for—-Cassel! KC fans don’t have a clue of what inept is but they will once they see Quinn! Here is a guy with an arm strong enough to throw the football through a brick wall (or to Oklahoma) and with accuracy poor enough to miss both! LOL KC, we’ve seen this movie before!

  13. shootscuz says: Oct 2, 2012 9:20 AM

    I remember all sorts of people claiming that the Chiefs would win the AFC west. I claimed it in the off season that this talk was crazy because the Chiefs have the worst QB in the division. Now the regular season rolls around and everyone starts to remember that if dont have a good QB then you don’t have much in the NFL.

  14. lostsok says: Oct 2, 2012 9:21 AM

    Brady Quinn deserves a shot after all that’s he’s been through: The world’s longest, slowest draft slide. The train wreck that is Cleveland. His supporting role on As The Tebow Turns.

    If anyone has ever deserved some good luck, it’s gotta be this dude.

  15. prince5000 says: Oct 2, 2012 9:33 AM

    tough break for Romeo. I don’t think he’s that bad of a coach – hey he won ten games with the Browns in 07. he probably needs to cycle through all the quarterbacks he has so he can show the Chiefs how pathetic this situation is and maybe give himself another year.

  16. nybostonfan says: Oct 2, 2012 9:34 AM

    1. Cassel is an average QB , and he was just on a great team with a GREAT system (Which I have always questioned Brady’s ability without Bill B)

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    Wow, Brady has been to 5 Super Bowls (tied Elway) and will probably win more games than any other QB in NFL history. He has lost a grand total of 37 games. Come on man, give the dude some credit. BB certainly helped but even BB will tell you that having Tom Brady is why the Patriots win a lot more than they lose.

  17. 7swag7 says: Oct 2, 2012 9:35 AM

    skins1982 says:
    Oct 2, 2012 8:57 AM
    “Rg3 could fix your situation in a lions heartbeat. A small price paid by the redskins for the Michael Jordan of the NFL. The division has flipped! You’ve been warned!”

    Uhhh, if you are referring to the trading away of the No. 2 pick, that was a different team in Missouri that did that.

  18. jwil444 says: Oct 2, 2012 9:35 AM

    Hey, Brady Quinn’s sister is married to AJ Hawk, who knew?

  19. beerbaron says: Oct 2, 2012 9:38 AM

    Patriots haters need to make up their minds: Is Belichick a mediocre coach who got lucky with Tom Brady, or is Brady just a decent QB who was lucky to play for Belichick? You can’t have it both ways.

    Of course, I feel like they’re both pretty good.

  20. southpaw2k says: Oct 2, 2012 9:43 AM

    gadzod says:
    Oct 2, 2012 8:41 AM
    Now this might be just me, but he went 11-5 with the Patriots. 1 of 2 things I believe is true.

    1. Cassel is an average QB , and he was just on a great team with a GREAT system (Which I have always questioned Brady’s ability without Bill B)

    2. He had a fluke year, even with the great system, and KC looks like a fool for taking the bait.

    I really think its the former.

    ————————————————

    I think it’s the second of your two theories. I think the “great QB vs. product of the system” debate is no different than arguing the chicken and the egg. I could just as easily make the argument that Belichick wouldn’t be nearly as great a coach if he didn’t have Brady as his QB for the last decade either. Besides, if you’re right, then every great QB was the product of his system. Are you ready to say that Peyton Manning, Brett Favre, Joe Montana, Steve Young, Kurt Warner, and Troy Aikman all were merely products of the systems they had played in?

    I think we’ve seen many more cases of QBs having one or two really good years surrounded by mediocrity than anything else.

  21. chuckxx says: Oct 2, 2012 9:48 AM

    There are many of us “tried and true” Chiefs fans that have known for a long while now that Cassel is definitely “inept”. All one has to do is go back thru his “inconsisent history” to see that.

  22. bigchief816 says: Oct 2, 2012 9:49 AM

    BrownsClown – apparently you’ve not seen much of Cassel’s play. He has the deadly combination of not being able to check down, weak arm, and inaccurate passing.

    I’m off the belief that he benefited from OC’s that could scheme matchups for him to take advantage of but once the pressure is put on himself to find the open receiver(and elude DL’s) his productivity drops rapidly!!!

  23. orangeclipper says: Oct 2, 2012 9:53 AM

    More to this disaster then the QB.
    Crennel sucks as coach. Never been worth a damn

  24. pmoe75 says: Oct 2, 2012 9:54 AM

    Geno smith wearing red next year

  25. eecs2323 says: Oct 2, 2012 9:59 AM

    I think this is actually an article from 2008 but they just substituted ‘Kansas City’ for ‘Cleveland’ and ‘Cassel’ for ‘Anderson’.

  26. raveallday says: Oct 2, 2012 10:27 AM

    I suggest u play the ravens first before making changes.

  27. rowdymon says: Oct 2, 2012 10:41 AM

    Wow, this does sound like a story from 2008. One thing about Quinn – he’s still younger than Weeden.

  28. football58 says: Oct 2, 2012 10:53 AM

    quinn deserves another shot

    Now I’m done!

  29. jtfawver says: Oct 2, 2012 11:03 AM

    Its a shame that Talents like Tamba Hali, Derrick Johnson, Dwayne Bowe, and Jamaal Charles will waste away with this nonsense at QB.

    Chiefs need to stop with the 2nd and 3rd rnd qbs and actually take a serious chance at getting a franchise guy.

    I love the Chiefs. I have more chiefs gear than most and wear it all year. I have a head dress for pete sake, with all that said…even the biggest homer cant think anything good is coming out of this season.

    The defense will be good as the year goes on, but there is NOTHING….again NOTHING good about the offense any more. Teams can focus on Charles with all 11 guys. Cassel/Quinn are THAT bad.

    3-13. Season Over.

  30. watermelon1 says: Oct 2, 2012 11:12 AM

    “Crennel said the Chiefs may give Brady Quinn some of the first-team reps in practice this week, as the team prepares to host the 3-1 Ravens.”
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    I can only assume the Ravens are saying… thanks for the extra bye week!

  31. siknutty says: Oct 2, 2012 11:13 AM

    All you need to know about Matt Cassel is that Josh Mcdaniels tried trading for him. Yep, that about sums it up.

  32. jackblackshairyback says: Oct 2, 2012 11:19 AM

    lostsok says:Oct 2, 2012 9:21 AM

    Brady Quinn deserves a shot after all that’s he’s been through: The world’s longest, slowest draft slide. The train wreck that is Cleveland. His supporting role on As The Tebow Turns.
    ———————————————————————–

    Yea, it’s Cleveland’s fault that Quinn can’t throw. Nice try. Have fun with a team full of Browns’ rejects!

  33. iminra6 says: Oct 2, 2012 11:22 AM

    They never intended to give Matt Cassel any “real competition, ” but it certainly can’t get any worse,give Quinn a shot.

  34. billmead1976 says: Oct 2, 2012 11:26 AM

    everybody was hating on Alex Smith more than hating on Cassel.

    Now we find out it was more of a Nolan / Singletary issue than a Smith issue.

    This is a Crenel issue.

  35. amanitoomerisgod says: Oct 2, 2012 11:37 AM

    Matt Cassel is really good at “playing” QB. That’s to say, when there’s a 2 minute drill or some other game management aspect of the game, he looks like the surest of pros. Hits the right guys to get the chains moving. Keeps the tempo up, gets everybody to the line with plenty of time for spiking the ball or the next play. Moves the team 50 yards down the field in 30 seconds. Then throws a terrible ball directly to a defender. Usually throws no one in their right mind should be making.

    I can’t tell if he’s dumb, lazy, ADD-ridden or impulsive to a fault. But one thing’s for sure, despite looking the part for about half of every game, he’s one terrible QB. I’ve wondered for years why the Chiefs have consistently kept him as their “guy.”

    Pioli is a disaster. I will laugh at the franchise that gives him his next GM gig.

    If there’s any justice in the world, Cassel will be a back up next year.

    In Reese We Trust.

  36. audient says: Oct 2, 2012 11:51 AM

    I watched Quinn in Cleveland. I liked him, but he just wasn’t a good fit. When Cleveland parted ways with him, I hoped to see him get another shot.

    Brady Quinn, make the most of it.

  37. Nevis says: Oct 2, 2012 12:09 PM

    Rob Johnson all over again. Cassel should have never been signed long term to this team.

    Pioli making it more and more evident by the year that the Pats dynasty was a whole lot more Belichick than Pioli.

    I see both the GM and HC out within 2 years.

  38. Nevis says: Oct 2, 2012 12:14 PM

    Also, look no further than the Chiefs HORRIBLE early picks on DL — Eric Berry is a stud, but good lord their DL picks have been invisible.

    You can’t continue to miss on players that high in the draft, especially in one area.

    Pioli drafting for DL is what Millen was to the Lions for WR.

  39. elmaxoh says: Oct 2, 2012 12:17 PM

    At least let Quinn show what he has left …

  40. doe22us says: Oct 2, 2012 12:33 PM

    Those that are clamoring for Brady Quinn to get the job i can guarantee you have not seen the kid play. He flat out sucks, Browns fans i am sure know this extremely well. I once went to watch a Browns@Ravens game a couple of years ago this kid was scared to throw a pass for more than 10 yards. Going to Quinn will be such a huge, i mean huge drop off you guys will be clamoring for Cassel to come back.

  41. manupngrowapair says: Oct 2, 2012 12:41 PM

    I hope Quinn gets an opportunity. I’m not a Chiefs fan, but as an Irish fan, it would be fun to see him perform well again!

  42. slowclyde86 says: Oct 2, 2012 12:47 PM

    Ah yes, this situation plays right into Romeo’s leadership wheel-house: handling QB controversies. Watch and weep, Chiefs fans. It’s gonna get much, much uglier.

  43. kerrchris65 says: Oct 2, 2012 1:04 PM

    Back when Romeo was HC of the Cleveland Browns, he annointed Brady his starter. Then Romeo was fired. Quinn was shell shocked in Cleveland and lost all ability to throw downfield. Dwayne Bowe will be reduced to 20 touches per year on 30 targets.

  44. jtfawver says: Oct 2, 2012 4:12 PM

    @amanitoomerisgod thats the best Cassel description Ive heard. Specially from what I would assume is a neutral fan who doesnt love or hate the Chiefs.

    Cassel will indeed at times look the part and make consecutive good throws. But then he always has THAT play where you just sit there and have no idea what he saw.

    His 1st INT against SD was a perfect example. We run a play designed to draw the coverage to Bowe so Baldwin can get deep. All 3 SD players jump Bowe leaving Baldwin wide open…Cassel throws it to Bowe anyway. It just makes no sense.

  45. jtfawver says: Oct 3, 2012 10:27 AM

    After watching the film break down…i’m sick to my stomach.

    Jon Baldwin and Dwayne Bowe absolutely abused the Chargers 2ndary. I’m not sure they were covered on back to back plays the entire game.

    Cassel just couldnt get them the ball.

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