Brady Quinn Will Start Over Matt Cassel This Week

Brady Quinn to start for Chiefs, Cassel Benched

10/22/12 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

October 14, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Brady Quinn (9) runs with the ball against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 38-10. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIREAdam Teicher of the Kansas City Star has reported that Brady Quinn will start at quarterback over Matt Cassel (concussion) this Sunday against the Raiders. Though Cassel is listed as having a concussion, he is expected to be cleared to play this week, and his health/availability is not expected to affect Quinn's status as the starter.

Cassel expressed his displeasure with the demotion, saying, "Am I going to say I'm happy about the situation? Absolutely not. I'm frustrated. But at the same time, I'm the team captain. I care about this team. I'm a big boy. I'm not going to hang my head."

Cassel certainly deserves to be benched, as he's posted a 5:9 touchdown to interception ratio, a 66.2 quarterback rating, and 14 total turnovers in only five games.

However, Quinn probably deserves to be benched as well, as he completed 22 of 38 passes for 180 with no touchdowns and two interceptions in his only start this season. The start was against the Buccaneers 31st ranked pass defense, and Quinn had a 48.1 quarterback rating and averaged an abysmal 4.74 yards per pass attempt.

The quarterback situation in Kansas City is a mess, and it's likely one of the main reasons for Pro Bowl wide receiver Dwayne Bowe's reported eagerness to find a new team this offseason.

Given their situation behind center, you can expect the Chiefs to be contending for the rights to the top quarterback in this year's draft. Last year we had "Suck for Luck," so let's start thinking of a catchy phrase for Geno Smith.
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10/22/12   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

I hate myself for being a Chiefs fan.