Brady Quinn, not Matt Cassel, will start Sunday for Chiefs

October 22, 2012

 


(Phelan M. Ebenhack / AP)

Coach Romeo Crennel has decided to shake up the Kansas City Chiefs.

His definition of a shakeup? Benching Matt Cassel in favor of Brady Quinn.

“Probably the most impactful move I could make to get everybody’s attention was to change the quarterback,” he said Monday (via the KC Star’s Adam Teicher). “I’m not saying Matt Cassel is the reason we are where we are. The stroke of that brush is a broad stroke and everybody is included in it. We’re trying to make this better, get this better. We need to coach better, we need to play better. If we do those things, then we can be better.

“My biggest deal was my gut [feeling] in telling me that I needed to impact the team by changing the dynamic, by having a different dynamic. Brady Quinn is the guy I want to go with.”

Cassel has been the starter since KC traded for him in 2009, but missed the Chiefs game against Tampa Bay with a concussion. Quinn and the Chiefs lost 38-10. KC, coming off its bye, will play a home game Sunday against Oakland. “I want [Quinn] to be the starting quarterback without having to look over his shoulder,” Crennel said. “There’s going to be no quick hook or anything like that.”

Cassel, the NFL’s lowest-rated passer, has been medically cleared to play.

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