Could Kansas City Chiefs Keep Kyle Orton over Matt Cassel After Green Bay Upset?

Derek EstesCorrespondent IDecember 19, 2011

KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 18:  Quarterback Kyle Orton #8 of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates after a touchdown during the game against the Green Bay Packers on December 18, 2011 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Kansas City Chiefs fans couldn't be happier following their miraculous upset victory over the Green Bay Packers Sunday.

That is, of course, unless your name is Matt Cassel.

Romeo Crennel immediately made an impression on Chiefs players and fans alike with a debut 19-14 win over the previously undefeated Super Bowl champions. The team played with a passion absent through the majority of the season; Kansas City maintained the lead for over 55 minutes of the game and limited Aaron Rodgers to his worst outing of the year.

The Chiefs experienced a massive spark on offense, too. The Chiefs still only gained 3.6 yards per carry in the ground game, but came a mere 36 inches from breaking 300 yards passing.

The question is: Who deserves the credit for the performance? Is it because of Crennel's leadership, or did Kansas City take advantage of Green Bay's porous defense?

Or could the rejuvenated offense have something to do with the recently acquired Kyle Orton?

Orton posted huge numbers in the three previous years with Denver and Chicago, but quickly lost momentum this year with the Broncos; he lost his starting role to Tim Tebow soon after.

If Sunday's game is any indication, Orton just needed a change of scenery.

But could Orton's success lead to a change in scenery for Cassel? Cassel came out flat for the Chiefs almost all season, shining at moments but more often throwing ill-advised or off-target passes.

If Orton continues to play well, Kansas City could elect to cut Cassel and re-sign Orton instead. It could even tempt the Chiefs to pass on a quarterback in next year's draft, choosing instead to stick with Orton and develop Ricky Stanzi for the future.

Either way, Orton's success erodes Cassel's chances at staying in Kansas City, and Chiefs fans will have a hard time feeling bad about it.

After all, they did just slam-dunk Green Bay's undefeated season.