Matt Cassel cleared for non-contact, setting up bad QB competition

AP

Frankly, as quarterback controversies go, this is a fairly lame one.

But Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel was cleared to resume non-contact practice after his concussion, and coach Romeo Crennel said he’d use the bye week to evaluate both Cassel and Brady Quinn.

“What I told them is I’m rotating the quarterbacks,” Crennel said, via Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star. “They will get equal reps. [Ricky] Stanzi will be one who won’t get as many reps.”

Cassel suffered a concussion on Oct. 7 against the Ravens, and Quinn started last week’s loss to the Buccaneers.

While Cassel hasn’t been cleared for contact, the door seems open for him to play in their next game on Oct. 28 against the Raiders, such that they want him to.

“They will give him another test next week, game week, to finalize it, to make it official,” Crennel said. “But I imagine that during these couple of days, if he does [well] and there’s nothing different on his baseline test, that he’ll be cleared for contact.”

Crennel said he was hesitant to leave things up in the air, as the Chiefs try to salvage something from a 1-5 start.

“I’ve been involved in one before,” he said. “It is distracting because everyone is wondering who the guy is going to be. What happens is some guys on the team favor one guy over the other guy — even though everybody has a job to do, . . . it’s a distraction.”

Asked if he knew who the players might prefer, Crennel dropped a little “buck stops here.”

“They’re going to favor the guy who gives us the best chance to win,” he said. “No, no, I’m sorry about that. They’re going to favor the guy who I say is the quarterback. That’s who they’re going to favor.”

If Chiefs players are honest with themselves, they might vote “none-of-the-above.”

16 responses to “Matt Cassel cleared for non-contact, setting up bad QB competition

  1. it’s not a bad thing anymore. Rookie QBs coming into the NFL are ready to play and for the past couple of years are having success. Regardless of what pick they have – i’m assuming top 5, plenty of options: Geno Smith, Matt Barkley, Tyler Wilson, Tyler Bray. It’s time teams realize that signing Matt Cassel or Matt Flynn or another backup doesn’t work in the NFL anymore.

  2. We’ve seen enough of Cassel to know that he’s not good enough. I don’t think Quinn will be any better (possibly even worse), but I’m at least ready to see someone different stink it up for awhile so my vote is for Quinn. Who knows, maybe he’ll surprise us and show that he can raise his game from truly horrific up to somewhat mediocre.

    Ah, what being a Chiefs fan has come to….

  3. Should Cassel start then that means the Chiefs front office still thinks of him as the QB of the future. Should Quinn start, at least we know that the front office is admitting that they need to draft a QB in April.

  4. “They’re going to favor the guy who gives us the best chance to win,” he said. “No, no, I’m sorry about that. They’re going to favor the guy who I say is the quarterback. That’s who they’re going to favor.”

    The problems in KC obviously go much further than the starting QB.

    Wow.

  5. Honestly! Neither Cassel nor Quinn can be blamed for the record. This team was set up to be a dominant defense with a solid running game. Therefore, who is playing quarterback shouldn’t matter all that much. Both the defense and the running game have let the team down.

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