Brady Quinn: Why Chiefs Would Be Foolish to Stick with QB

Zach KruseSenior Analyst IOctober 29, 2012

TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 14:  Quarterback Brady Quinn #9 of the Kansas City Chiefs warms up for play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers October 14, 2012 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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With a short, foggy week ahead and a failed attempt at a spark, the 1-6 Kansas City Chiefs would be foolish to stick with quarterback Brady Quinn for another week. 

Quinn, starting his second-straight game Sunday against the Oakland Raiders, left when he suffered a likely concussion in the first quarter after throwing four passes. He finished 2-of-4 for one yard and one interception.

Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel said Monday that Quinn would start Thursday against the San Diego Chargers if he passes his concussion testing this week.

From the Associated Press, via ESPN:

Just depends on what the doctor tells me. If the doctor tells me he can go, he can do. If the doctor tells me he can't go, he can't go...If he's healthy and he can go, he'll go. We'll wait to see what happens.

With their playoff chances all but dashed, the Chiefs would be better off giving Matt Cassel or even Ricky Stanzi the rest of the starts this season. Especially this week, where Quinn has limited recovery time, starting Cassel is the best plan. 

Crennel said that Cassel will take all of the first-string snaps in practice until Quinn is back. With the NFL's new concussion protocol, Quinn will have to pass testing from an independent neurologist before returning to practice or games. It would be a quicker-than-usual recovery if Quinn were back on the practice field in a full capacity before Thursday's game. 

Also, Crennel's idea of sparking his team with a quarterback change didn't hold much weight early Sunday. 

The Chiefs gained just 24 yards and scored zero points over three series with Quinn. The results were one first down, one three-and-out and an poorly thrown interception. Quinn wouldn't come out for another series, and Cassel entered the game down 3-0 to start the second quarter. 

The overall results for Quinn have been just as expected: poor, turnover-laden and without much scoring. 

In two starts for Kansas City, Quinn has completed 59.1 percent of his passes for 218 yards, zero touchdowns and three interceptions. His passer rating is 43.1, or the worst mark of any player who has thrown at least two passes this season. And with Quinn in the game, the Chiefs have scored just three offensive points (their lone touchdown came off special teams vs. Tampa Bay). 

Those numbers certainly do not inspire much of a "spark," even if Cassel (69.0 passer rating) wasn't exactly lighting NFL defenses on fire in five other starts. 

Given the short week for Quinn to shake off his concussion and prepare for San Diego, and the horrific results he's given over his short run as the starter, the Chiefs are simply better off starting Cassel Thursday.