Bill Stull wasn’t able to make the Kansas City Chiefs out of training camp last season, but he now finds himself as the starting quarterback for the Spokane Shock of the AFL. The league rookie replaces veteran Kyle Rowley.
Stull’s only pass attempt this season was intercepted late in Spokane’s 61-34 win over Kansas City.
“The decision was made to jump-start our team,” Keefe said. “The entire offense played terribly (against Pittsburgh), receivers running the wrong routes, dropping balls, concepts that weren’t understood. It starts and finishes with the quarterback spot. Maybe Bill can give us a little jump. At the same time, maybe this motivates Kyle to take control of the team a little more.”
Stull, who was released by the Kansas City Chiefs and the UFL Hartford Colonials last year, passed for 5,284 yards and 32 touchdowns from 2005-09 at Pittsburgh.
“He has a big arm, he’s excited and we’ll keep it simple for him,” Keefe said. “The inexperience and youth brings freshness. It’s going to be refreshing to see someone that doesn’t over-think things.”
The Chiefs coaching staff seemed legitimately impressed with Stull’s potential for the short time he spent with them last summer. Todd Haley even said he recommended Stull to other teams when the Chiefs were unable to offer him a contract after their rookie mini-camp.
Who knows, maybe he will take the Arena League by storm and compete to be one of the backups to Matt Cassel along with fifth-round pick Ricky Stanzi.