Winston Defends Comments as Chiefs Ready Quinn, and Other AFC West News

Christopher Hansen@ChrisHansenNFLNFL AnalystOctober 9, 2012

Brady Quinn may start in Matt Cassel's place this Sunday.
Brady Quinn may start in Matt Cassel's place this Sunday.Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Eric Winston ignited a firestorm around the Kansas City Chiefs with his comments about the team's fans after Sunday's game.

Matt Cassel was knocked out of the game with a concussion as some fans cheered—for what exactly is still a subject of some debate. Brady Quinn came in and completed all three of his passes.

The Chiefs are now making plans for Quinn to be the starter on Sunday, according to Adam Teicher of The Kansas City Star. It was always assumed that Quinn starting would mean things were going poorly for the Chiefs, but few imagined it would be going this poorly.

Sam Mellenger of The Kansas City Star  points out that the Chiefs are now at odds with their fans. Winston’s comments painted all the fans in Kansas City in a negative light, and he defended his comments despite several inaccuracies to the media (via The Kansas City Star).

Things couldn’t get much worse in Kansas City, and you probably couldn’t create a bigger disaster with a truckload of napalm.

Other AFC West news:


Denver Broncos

Mike Klis of The Denver Post says the Broncos miss the on-field talent of D.J. Williams.

Greg A. Bedard of The Boston Globe details how the New England Patriots beat the Broncos using one word.

Michael David Smith of has the rundown of Tony Carter’s insensitive tweet and apology.


Oakland Raiders

Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Aaron Curry’s rehab is going well, and he is eligible to return to practice next week.

The Raiders' shaky defense faces a stern test this week, according to the Associated Press (h/t


San Diego Chargers

Kevin Acee of U-T San Diego says the Chargers need to figure out how to win games at the end again.

Norv Turner was unaware of Jared Gaither’s injury at the end of the game, according to the Associated Press (h/t