The Kansas City Chiefs have dealt with injuries and bad play at the quarterback position this season. Matt Cassel has committed more turnovers than any quarterback in the NFL while Brady Quinn's short-lived return to the playing field was forgettable, before suffering a concussion against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.
On Tuesday, Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel announced that Cassel will start Thursday against the San Diego Chargers. Quinn has not been cleared to practice and is out this week. With Quinn out and Cassel starting, Ricky Stanzi should suit up as Cassel's backup.
Although Cassel is a better option than Quinn, it's not by a big margin. Neither quarterback is capable of limiting their turnovers or leading a team
At the rate at which the season is going for the Chiefs, they are in the driver's seat to earn the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft. With poor quarterback play for the Chiefs, the obvious choice with the top pick would be to take a quarterback.
Stanzi, who was drafted in 2011 in the fifth round and has only suited up in a couple of games, would be worth inserting for a couple of games this season. Why not?
Yes, he was taken in the fifth round and has yet to take a snap in a regular season game.
With a year and a half as a player in the NFL, Crennel and offensive coordinator Brian Daboll should consider playing Stanzi to see what they have in him. It is doubtful that Stanzi plays differently than the other quarterbacks. But, it would be nice to see if the Chiefs have something in Stanzi, which they won't know unless they let him dish it out.
Stanzi did not have an impressive Senior Bowl and was passed up on for four rounds for a season. Every now and then, teams pick up a player late in the draft who turn out to become difference makers. The Chiefs have been lucky the past few years in finding late-round players like Dante Hall, Jared Allen and Brandon Carr. But, the quarterback position is a different story.
Once again, it is doubtful that the landscape at Arrowhead Stadium flips, but it never hurts to know for sure. The Chiefs have nothing to lose, so they might as well give him a look and have a better understanding of what he brings when he is evaluated.