The Kansas City Chiefs offense was a wasteland in 2012, one without the hint of an NFL caliber starting quarterback to run the show. With the franchise moving on from all four quarterbacks that were on the roster throughout the year, it wouldn’t have surprised any Chiefs fan if some of them had trouble finding work.
Yet here we are with Week 1 of the regular season quickly approaching and they are all currently employed by NFL teams, though none will likely see any time out of the chute.
The quarterback that began 2012 as the starter, Matt Cassel, moved on to the Minnesota Vikings to try and compete with young Christian Ponder for playing time. Though he is going to start the year backing up Ponder, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Cassel finding his way into the top job before the year is out.
Cassel’s backup at the beginning of last season, Brady Quinn, has had an eventful offseason. First he moved on to the Seattle Seahawks in an attempt to be be Russell Wilson’s backup.
Quinn was released after Tarvaris Jackson beat him out for the job, leaving his NFL future in doubt. That was until the New York Jets — already with four quarterbacks on the roster — signed him as a free agent.
The Chiefs released their third quarterback during the 2012 season, Ricky Stanzi, as part of their first wave of cuts a week ago. He was claimed off waivers by the Chiefs opponent in Week 1, the Jacksonville Jaguars. So far he has stuck in Jacksonville along with Chad Henne behind Blaine Gabbert.
In addition to the quarterbacks on the Chiefs active roster in 2012, there was also another one that spent the year on injured reserve: Alex Tanney. Known as the “Trick Shot QB”, Tanney was released by the Chiefs in May and signed by the Dallas Cowboys in July.
Though he won’t start the year on the Cowboys active roster, Tanney does have a spot on the Dallas practice squad. If anything happens to Tony Romo or Kyle Orton (another former Chief), you can expect to see Tanney promoted to the Cowboys 53-man roster.
Will all four quarterbacks stick in the NFL throughout the season? Cassel is unlikely to be moving anywhere, but the rest of the groups certainly are on much less solid ground. Either way, it’s safe to say most Chiefs fans are surprised to see every member of the very forgettable 2012 quarterback class still in the NFL.