According to Adam Levitan of Rotoworld, Matt Cassel has been benched to start the second half of the Chiefs game against the Cincinnati Bengals. The starter was largely ineffective through two quarters of play, completing just 8-of-16 passes for 93 yards, as the Bengals jumped out to a 21-6 lead.
Looks like Matt Cassel is getting benched as Chiefs come out for 2nd half. Brady Quinn show. #yawn— Adam Levitan (@adamlevitan) November 18, 2012
K.C. turned to Quinn earlier this season after Cassel suffered a head injury in Week 5 vs. the Baltimore Ravens. He finished that contest and then started in the 38-10 loss to Tampa Bay the following week, but suffered a concussion of his own on Oct. 28 against the Oakland Raiders.
Cassel took the reins back when the Chiefs played the divisional rival San Diego Chargers, and he performed well enough in an overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers to keep his job going into Week 12.
However, with Quinn cleared to play, Cassel was on a short leash. And coach Romeo Crennel decided to yank him after a dismal half.
Quinn hasn’t fared too well in 2012, completing just 26-of-44 passes for 213 yards, no touchdowns and three interceptions in appearances prior to Sunday’s game. The Chiefs are hoping that he can turn things around in this current blowout, but they have a lot of ground to make up in a short period of time.
Things are already off to a rocky start, as the Chiefs' first drive with Quinn under center ended with a punt after nine plays and 32 measly yards.
It’s clear that neither Cassel nor Quinn is worthy of being a franchise signal-caller, and it would shock no one to see the last-place Chiefs select a QB with their first-round pick in the 2013 draft.
We’ll keep you updated right here on B/R with updates, opinions and analysis on how Cassel performs in the second half against the Cincinnati Bengals.