Matt Cassel: Why Embattled QB Gives Chiefs Best Chance to Win

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IOctober 30, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - SEPTEMBER 23:   Matt Cassel #7 of the Kansas City Chiefs walks off the field after defeating the New Orleans Saints 27-24 in overtime at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on September 23, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Matt Cassel is the best quarterback on the roster for the Kansas City Chiefs. As bad as he's played this season, he still gives them the best chance at victory every week. 

Actually, running Jamaal Charles more than five times gives the Chiefs the best chance to win, but I digress.

For Week 9, at least, the Chiefs don't have much of a choice in the matter but to start Cassel over Brady Quinn, according to's Rachel:

Quinn and Eachus ruled out of Thursday game. Cassel starting QB, Stanzi backup.

— Rachel (@KCChiefs_Rachel) October 30, 2012


Quinn was ruled out of Thursday's game because he's still recovering from a concussion suffered in Week 8 against the Oakland Raiders. When Quinn is able to return to active status, though, the Chiefs would be foolish to consider starting him over Cassel. 

Simply put, Quinn is a proven loser in the NFL and Cassel is at least a mediocre quarterback who has played well for two seasons (out of five as a starter). 

Quinn's career record is 3-11, and Cassel's is 29-30. 

Quinn is a career 52 percent passer who has thrown for 2,115 yards with 10 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

Cassel is a career 59 percent passer who has thrown for 13,067 yards with 82 touchdowns and 55 interceptions. 

Furthermore, Cassel has the ability to make all the throws when he's given enough time, while Quinn has proven to be quite limited as to what he's capable of doing with competence. 

Cassel hasn't been good in a couple of seasons, but he has the ability to flourish under the right circumstances. 

He was incredibly effective in 2010, throwing 26 touchdowns and just seven interceptions while leading the Chiefs to a 10-5 record in his starts, but injuries have taken a toll on his production and chemistry with his receivers.

The Chiefs won't likely win many games with either of these two quarterbacks due to coaching incompetency, but at least Cassel gives his team a fighting chance.


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