Kansas City Chiefs: Why History Is Not on Matt Cassel's Side

Farzin VousoughianContributor IIIJanuary 9, 2012

BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 19:  Quarterback Matt Cassel #7 of the Kansas City Chiefs looks on from the sidelines during a preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on August 19, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens won 31-13. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Over the weekend, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the Kansas City Chiefs are planning on removing the interim tag from Romeo Crennel and making him the 12th head coach of the franchise. However, nothing is official as the search for a new coach is still on. 

Regardless of who the head coach will be, the recent history of Chiefs quarterbacks under a new head coach is not in Matt Cassel's favor.

In 2001, Dick Vermeil came to Kansas City and brought in Trent Green as the quarterback of the team. Green was a quarterback whom Vermeil was familiar with in St. Louis. Vermeil went on to coach five seasons with Green as his starting quarterback in all 81 games, including the 2003-04 postseason.

Following Vermeil's retirement after the 2005 season, Herman Edwards came in as the 10th head coach of the franchise. In his first offseason with the Chiefs, Edwards drafted quarterback Brodie Croyle out of Alabama and had a plan with him.

During the 2006 season opener, Green suffered a concussion against the Cincinnati Bengals and struggled when he returned. This eventually led to Green's departure as Edwards campaigned for Croyle, claiming he would be a vital part of the franchise with the heavy youth movement in motion.

Croyle eventually earned the starting role in 2007, previously held by Damon Huard. However, Croyle was roughed up and was unable to stay on the field for a full season as the starting quarterback in 2007 and 2008.

Even though Croyle was injury prone, Edwards fully supported Croyle, stating he would be the team's starting quarterback when he returned. Edwards was not given the opportunity to show what Croyle could do in 2009 due to Edwards being relieved of his duties following the 2008 season.

General manager Scott Pioli hired Todd Haley to replace Edwards. Croyle only started in two games as a Chief under Haley, but lost in both of those games, making him 0-10 in his career as a starting quarterback in the league.

It was evident Croyle was on his way out when the Chiefs traded away a second-round pick in 2009 for Patriots backup quarterback Cassel (and linebacker Mike Vrabel). Cassel led the Patriots to 11 wins and was an attractive option at quarterback for the Chiefs.

Now, Cassel, himself, could be the victim of being replaced after taking Croyle's starting duties. Unless Pioli requires the new head coach uses and starts Cassel, the new head coach of the Chiefs will look at Cassel and not like what he sees from him.

Most NFL head coaches would review the game film and disapprove of Cassel's performance. There are not many selling points that can be made for Cassel.

If Crennel does end up getting the job, we could see him stick to Kyle Orton, who had some flashes in the limited action he received. Giving Orton a full offseason could be to his advantage.

For Cassel, he can't do anything but hope he has done enough to impress his future head coach. A new head coach will result in a new quarterback. Firings take place due to poor performances. When poor performances take place, it starts with the quarterback. The question is, will Cassel be on his way out of Kansas City?

The odds are against him because of his recent struggles and a new head coach for the 2012 season.