Brady Quinn: Why the Chiefs Need to Switch to Backup QB Permanently

Jeremy Sickel@ IIINovember 2, 2012

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 28:  Quarterback Brady Quinn #9 of the Kansas City Chiefs in action during the game against the Oakland Raiders at Arrowhead Stadium on October 28, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Quarterback Matt Cassel led the Kansas City Chiefs to another loss on Thursday night, being downed 31-13 by the San Diego Chargers.

While Cassel's performance isn't entirely to blame for the defeat, his two turnovers directly resulted in touchdowns for the Chargers. The quarterback now has 18 turnovers in just seven games played this season.

Brady Quinn replaced Cassel (concussion) during the Chiefs' 9-6 loss to the Baltimore Ravens back in Week 5, and was named the starter prior to last week's 26-16 loss to the Oakland Raiders.

Ironically, Quinn was knocked out of that game with a head injury of his own and was unable to recover during the quick turnaround for Thursday night's game.

However, what happens when Quinn is cleared to play again?

Does he reassume his role as starter over Cassel or does he become the backup again? Or, honestly, does it even matter?

Neither quarterback has consistently gotten the job done this year, or previously in their careers for that matter. But there is one major difference with how each was installed under center recently.

Cassel's dreadful play indicated that he would eventually be replaced as the starter; his injury made that decision easier for head coach Romeo Crennel.

Quinn—who really only had one game to prove his worth—was replaced solely because of injury, so the decision to switch back to him when healthy should be a no-brainer.

The Chiefs are going nowhere in 2012 and neither quarterback is expected to be the starter in 2013. With that said, one might think that it doesn't matter who finishes out the season under center.

However, having Cassel as the starter—if Quinn is healthy—will further distance a downtrodden fanbase from its team. It will show a complete disregard for admitting that a mistake was made by sticking with Cassel so long.

The fans are to a point that any change will do, whether it is at head coach, general manager, ownership or quarterback.

Since Cassel is the most easily moved part, Quinn should get the nod at quarterback the rest of the season.


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