In March, the Chiefs
pursued flirted played tonsil hockey with evaluated quarterback Peyton Manning. Eventually, the Chiefs added former Browns and Broncos quarterback Brady Quinn.
Quinn’s knowledge of new coordinator Brian Daboll’s offense prompted speculation that the former first-rounder may have a chance to unseat Matt Cassel. As it turns out, Cassel should perhaps be more concerned about Ricky Stanzi.
According to Nick Toney of KCChiefs.com, Stanzi supplanted Quinn this week as the second-team quarterback during Organized Team Activities.
Coach Romeo Crennel wasn’t asked about the backup-quarterback battle during a post-practice media availability on Friday. But it’s no secret that the Chiefs like Stanzi. A fifth-round pick in 2011, Stanzi played at Iowa for Kirk Ferentz, who has a strong relationship with Chiefs G.M. Scott Pioli.
Last month, Pioli defended the decision not to draft a signal-called in 2012 by explaining that the team has “three good quarterbacks.”
Quinn and Stanzi presumably will battle it out during training camp for the No. 2 spot on the depth chart. At least Quinn won’t have to worry about billboards or other fan-driven efforts that would make Stanzi the first man off the bench even if Quinn wins the fight, fairly and squarely.