Brady Quinn: Chiefs Coach Romeo Crennel Smart to Consider Playing Backup QB

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IOctober 2, 2012

Sep 16, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Brady Quinn (9) on the sideline during the third quarter against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bills beat the Chiefs 35-17. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-US PRESSWIRE
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Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel has played poorly through the first quarter of the 2012 NFL season, and is in danger of being benched as a result.

Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel hinted at the possibility of playing backup signal-caller Brady Quinn in Week 5 just hours after Sunday's loss to the San Diego Chargers.

According to The Kansas City Star's Adam Teicher, Crennel said on Monday that the team may give Quinn some reps with the starters this week in preparation for Sunday's matchup with the Baltimore Ravens

Why not? After all, at least Quinn isn't on pace to throw 28 interceptions this season. 

Cassel has completed 94-of-161 passes in four games this fall for 1,058 yards, five touchdowns and seven interceptions. He has also lost three fumbles and been sacked 13 times in 2012.

With Crennel's Chiefs in danger of falling to 1-4 this weekend, here is what he had to say on his squad's quarterback situation (via Teicher):

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, 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.

Essentially Crennel is calling Cassel's Week 4 play vs. San Diego inept, and justifying a potential move to Brady Quinn at quarterback. Maybe not full time, but definitely for one or two drives to see how the offense responds to him. 

Quinn has been a backup in the NFL for the past three seasons, playing behind Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow in Denver in 2010 and 2011.

Although the last time Quinn saw any regular-season action was in 2009 with the Cleveland Browns, he is an experienced player who turned the ball over only eight times in 10 games three seasons ago. Crennel would at least know he's getting better decision making with Quinn under center.

Sure, Crennel isn't calling for Brady Quinn to become the savior for Kansas City or even naming him the starter for this weekend, but he's smart to prepare him for a few series against Baltimore.

If nothing else, Crennel's wise yet desperate decision will light a fire under Matt Cassel and allow him and the Chiefs' coaching staff to get every ounce of production possible from the quarterback position this season.


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