Brady Quinn to Start for Chiefs, and Other AFC West News

Christopher HansenNFL AnalystOctober 11, 2012

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 07:  Quarterback Brady Quinn #9 of the Kansas City Chiefs drops back to pass against the Baltimore Ravens during the fourth quarter on October 7, 2012 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  Baltimore defeated Kansas City 9-6.  (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
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After Matt Cassel suffered a concussion in last week's game, the expectation all week was that Brady Quinn would earn his first start since 2009.

Now it's official according to Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star. Quinn will start and Ricky Stanzi will be the backup, but don't expect the Chiefs to change the offense. The Chiefs were already running an offense designed for a backup quarterback.

It's unfortunate that is took an injury for the Chiefs to finally make a change at the quarterback position, but the change could give the team some energy. Quinn, like Cassel, only needs to take care of the football and hand the ball off the Jamaal Charles to be successful. 

In the firestorm of criticism of Chiefs fans following comments by Eric Winston about cheering as Cassel was down on the turf, Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt issued a statement defending the fans via the team's official website, "A small few who may have cheered when Matt went down do not accurately represent the best fans in the National Football League. Period."


Other AFC West News:



Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post says the Broncos must guess how much the Chargers will use Ryan Mathews.

Legworld also reports on how tough it is for a linebacker to do it all in today's NFL. 


San Diego

Michael Gehlken of the U-T San Diego reports that Mathews looks likely to return the starting lineup. Maybe the Broncos don't have to guess?

Nick Canepa of the U-T San Diego weighs in on the the officiating and Jared Gaiher's injury from last weekend.



Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Raiders will stick with the running game despite its struggles.

Paul Gutierrez of CSN Bay Area says Atlanta's defense might be an elixir for the Raiders running woes.