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The Kansas City Chiefs are plugging Brady Quinn into the starting lineup not because he is the “quarterback in waiting,” but because of an injury and a subsequent fear of losing a fanbase.
No one really knows if Quinn is better under center than Cassel. It honestly doesn’t matter—that’s not why this move was made. It was made in desperation to save the franchise from drowning in its own pool of personnel negligence and ensuing arrogance surrounding said disregard.
Deciding to bench a healthy Cassel was no easy call for team brass. However, this move should open up the door for other minor tweaks that could help shed light on the future of this organization.
With this season already lost, the focus should now turn to where exactly certain players fit in the Chiefs’ future.
If it is all but guaranteed that a handful of guys won’t be around next season—for various reasons—Kansas City must use the remaining 10 games to determine if their replacements are either currently on the roster or if management will have to look outside the organization to fill the voids.
It is imperative that wide receiver Jon Baldwin receive more plays called his way. Rookie offensive lineman Donald Stephenson should step in more at left tackle and rookie nose tackle Dontari Poe should hardly ever be on the sidelines when the Chiefs are on defense.
A serious evaluation process on these guys begins now.
The Chiefs finally bit the bullet on the Cassel era. No other player should ever be afforded a four-year trial run in this city again.