Cassel to Start for Historically Bad Chiefs and Other AFC West News

Christopher HansenNFL AnalystOctober 30, 2012

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 28:  Defensive end David Tollefson #58 of the Oakland Raiders tackles quarterback Matt Cassel #7 of the Kansas City Chiefs during the second quarter on October 28, 2012 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  Oakland defeated Kansas City 26-16.  (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
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Brady Quinn’s second chance lasted less than one quarter. It was a second chance that was a long time coming as Quinn had to wait years before finally getting the call behind center. Now after just one game, Matt Cassel gets his second chance to start on Thursday Night Football. That’s life in the NFL.

Romeo Crennel announced that Quinn has not been cleared to play after suffering a concussion in the first quarter last Sunday and that Cassel would start in his place (via Randy Covitz, the Kansas City Star).

When the Chiefs benched Cassel they were looking for a spark, energy and their first lead of the season. Now they will have to turn back to Cassel to pull the team out of the abyss. The Chiefs still haven’t led for a single second this season, which is the longest streak since 1940, according to the CBS telecast.

For all we know, KC is the only team to ever accomplish this level of futility to start a season. Maybe that’s why Sam Mellenger of the Kansas City Star says the Chiefs have hit rock bottom.

Perhaps Cassel can get things going for the Chiefs against the stumbling Chargers, but it’s hard to bet on a guy that has been part of the problem and not the solution in six of the first seven games.


Other AFC West News



Monte Poole of the Contra Costa Times says the Raiders are making progress on defense.

Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that cornerback Ron Bartell, who is on injured reserve, will return to practice on Wednesday.



Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post says the Broncos like the play of cornerbacks Chris Harris and Tony Carter.

Legwold says the Broncos need their veterans to take the lead now that they are being praised.


San Diego

Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego reports that Robert Meachem wants to do more for his team.

Kevin Acee of U-T San Diego says A.J. Smith could be to blame for the Chargers' current record.