Matt Cassel reportedly losing support among Chiefs By Marc Sessler Around the League Writer Published: Oct. 1, 2012 at 03:28 p.m. Updated: Oct. 1, 2012 at 05:27 p.m.
With four subpar games under his belt, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel is catching heat for the team's ugly 1-3 start.
Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports reported the fourth-year starter is "losing confidence from players and many others in the organization." If Kansas City had someone more intriguing than Brady Quinn at the No. 2 spot, Cassel would be destined for the bench, according to Cole.
"Look, there's a big reason why they went after Peyton Manning as hard as they did this offseason," Cole was told by a source with knowledge of team president Scott Pioli's thinking. "What you're seeing from Cassel is pretty much what was expected. He's a really nice backup, not a starter."
Cassel has struggled with just five touchdowns against seven interceptions. His 70.4 quarterback rating exceeds only that of Mark Sanchez, Ryan Tannehill, Brandon Weeden and Jay Cutler.
Chants for Quinn and third-string sensation Ricky Stanzi bubbled up at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday during the Chiefs' 37-20 loss to the San Diego Chargers, but a switch at quarterback would require Pioli to admit defeat after years of insisting Cassel, his personal pick under center, had the goods. Cassel's 19-24 record has frustrated fans, as have his struggles against some of the league's weaker defenses this season. Cassel littered the field with three interceptions in Sunday's loss, but Romeo isn't budging.
"I could have taken (running back Jamaal) Charles out because of his struggles and his problems, but he's also the one who can run for a touchdown," Crennel said. "(Those are) some of the decisions a head coach has to make and you have to go with your gut feeling, and what you know about your team and then move forward with it."
Posted on Mon, Oct. 01, 2012 05:11 PM Crennel sticks with Cassel as starter; Quinn could play By ADAM TEICHER The Kansas City Star
Romeo Crennel again said Monday that Matt Cassel will be the starting quarterback for the Chiefs when they play Baltimore on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.
But Crennel also left open the possibility that backup Brady Quinn could play against the Ravens. Crennel said the Chiefs might give Quinn some of the starter’s work in practice this week.
Crennel also laid out in general terms what it might take for him to bench Cassel and replace him with Quinn.
“At some point, as a coach, you go through and you see what’s happening in the game and how a guy is reacting and how he’s responding to what’s happening in the game,” Crennel said. “If you feel he’s inept, constantly making poor decisions, bad choices, then that’s when you move on from him and give someone else a chance.”
By that standard, Crennel had to be close to pulling Cassel in Sunday’s 37-20 loss to the Chargers at Arrowhead. Cassel threw three first-half interceptions, including one that was returned for a touchdown, as San Diego built a 27-6 halftime lead.
Crennel didn’t say whether he was close to pulling Cassel against the Chargers.
Posted on Mon, Oct. 08, 2012 05:56 PM Chiefs start crafting offensive plan with Quinn at QB By ADAM TEICHER The Kansas City Star
Romeo Crennel’s first act as Chiefs head coach last December was to name Kyle Orton as the new starting quarterback. In making the announcement, Crennel expressed plenty of confidence that Orton could help the Chiefs win.
Crennel is now on the verge of making another quarterback change, this one forced by the concussion to Matt Cassel. Crennel didn’t sound on Monday as confident in Brady Quinn, the probable starter in Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers in Tampa, as he was in Orton.
“Kyle is a more experienced guy,’’ Crennel said. “This is a different scenario and a different situation. I know Brady will be ready to play, and Brady is going to do everything he can to help this team win.’’
Having given that less-than-resounding endorsement, Crennel and the Chiefs on Monday began the process of making the quarterback switch. Even at that, Crennel wasn’t ready to declare that Cassel was out for Sunday’s game.
“Not totally, but just from what I’ve seen about concussions, they can be difficult,’’ Crennel said. “The individual is the thing. Some individuals recover faster than others. With the emphasis on concussions in the league, they’re making sure we do due diligence on the player’s health and making sure he’s not rushed back.
“They’re going to run several tests to see where he is. Generally, concussions are not good, but we’re concerned about the safety and welfare of the player and we’re going to give him an opportunity to get well. In the meantime, Brady Quinn has to get ready to play, and Ricky Stanzi has to be ready to play.’’
Matt Cassel in, Brady Quinn out for Kansas City Chiefs By Marc Sessler Around the League Writer Published: Oct. 30, 2012 at 12:12 p.m. Updated: Oct. 31, 2012 at 07:58 a.m.
We're right back where we started in Kansas City.
Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel announced Tuesday that Matt Cassel will start at quarterback Thursday night against the San Diego Chargers.
Brady Quinn has been ruled out after suffering a head injury in Sunday's loss to the Oakland Raiders. Crennel promoted Quinn to the starting role a week ago, but he barely left the gate against the Raiders. Crennel told reporters Tuesday that Quinn still is undergoing tests to determine if he has a concussion.
"(The team doctors) haven't given me any indication (on Quinn's condition) other than he can't play on Thursday," Crennel said.
Don't be surprised to see Crennel call Quinn's number again when he's healthy. Unless Cassel blows the doors off the Chargers' defense, the 1-6 Chiefs look increasingly confident they've seen enough from the veteran passer. Still, Crennel continues to stay optimistic about Cassel working his way back into the starting role
The Kansas City Star expects Brady Quinn to start in Week 12. The Chiefs are 1-9 and Matt Cassel is taking a lot of the blame. He's put together one of the worst seasons for a starting quarterback in recent memory, completing just 58.1 percent of his passes while throwing six touchdowns and turning the ball over 19 times. Cassel's 66.7 passer rating is 32nd in the league, ahead of only John Skelton among qualified quarterbacks. Look for Quinn to start the Chiefs' final six games. Related: Brady Quinn Source: Kansas City Star Nov 19 - 10:00 AM
Chiefs’ Reid: Too early to say if Cassel will stay in KC February 7 By ADAM TEICHER The Kansas City Star
Quarterback Matt Cassel has been among the regulars since the end of the season working out at the Chiefs’ Truman Sports Complex practice facility.
That doesn’t necessarily mean Cassel will be a part of things when the Chiefs begin organized team workouts in April. Even though it’s been a month since he took the job as Chiefs head coach, Andy Reid hasn’t made a commitment to Cassel.
“I’m going to just let that play out,’’ Reid said when asked whether Cassel would play for the Chiefs in 2013. “We’re too early in the process to know that. We’ll continue to evaluate it. We’re evaluating him just like we do a free agent. That’s what you do, and the thing about that is it takes time. I think he realizes that. That’s how it works when there’s a change.’’
Cassel was benched midway through last season, his fourth with the Chiefs, and replaced by Brady Quinn. Cassel ranked 32nd and last in passer rating among quarterbacks who threw enough passes to qualify.
Cassel’s 2013 salary is $7.5 million, making it unlikely the Chiefs would retain him unless he’s their starter.
Their other quarterbacks last season were Quinn, a potential unrestricted free agent, Ricky Stanzi and Alex Tanney, who joined the Chiefs last year as an undrafted rookie and spent all season on the injured-reserve list.