It’s official. The Matt Cassel era in Kansas City is over. Scott Pioli’s biggest splash as general manager has been benched after turning the ball over 14 times in five games. The Chiefs were probably contemplating this change for several weeks, but had to wait until the bye week because Cassel’s concussion complicated matters.
Brady Quinn will start at quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday against the Oakland Raiders. According to Romeo Crennel (via Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star), Quinn will be the starter going forward.
Cassel was given five games before the Chiefs finally made a change and Quinn is likely to get the same treatment no matter how poorly he plays. Crennel said he’s making the change to send a message to his team.
“Probably the most impactful move I could make to get everybody’s attention was to change the quarterback.” (via the Kansas City Star)
Realistically, Crennel had to make the change. Even without knowing the dynamics in Kansas City’s locker room, it’s hard to imagine he wouldn’t have lost a lot of respect had he stuck with Cassel. The Chiefs have trailed for 78 percent of the season according to Blair Kerkhoff of the Kansas City Star. The change had to be made.
It comes after a bye week with one of the NFL’s worst pass defenses coming to town. It’s rarely ideal to change your quarterback midseason, but the timing is about as good as you will find. If the Chiefs can stop turning the ball over, they have a very good chance to improve over the final 10 games of the season.
Other AFC West News
Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle clears up the big misconception about Oakland’s no-huddle offense.
Steve Corkran of the Bay Area News Group says the Raiders were not sheepish about taking an ugly win.
Tom Kensler of the Denver Post reports that Tracy Porter has returned to practice after missing last week’s game in San Diego.
Michael Gehlken and Kevin Acee of U-T San Diego report that the Chargers have put kicker Nate Kaeding on injured reserve. Kaeding will be waived once he passes his physical and become a free agent, ending his time in San Diego.
Nick Canepa of U-T San Diego says the Chargers have gotten into a fine mess.