Brady Quinn is likely to start at quarterback this weekend against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after starter Matt Cassel was knocked out by a concussion Sunday by the Baltimore Ravens.
Head coach Romeo Crennel isn’t yet ready to make the move official, but it would be considered an upset if Cassel lined up under center. If you listen to Bucs CB Aqib Talib, it doesn’t matter who gets the call for the Chiefs.
“They pride (themselves) on running the rock,” Talib told the Tampa Bay Times. “The quarterback doesn’t do anything but turn around and hand the ball off in that situation. As long as we knock that run out, we should be all right.”
The comments from the former All-American at Kansas might be worthy of bulletin board material if they weren’t true.
Not only do the Chiefs own the second best rushing attack in the league with over 180 yards per game, but they started Sunday’s game against the Ravens by running the ball on 34 of their first 40 plays.
When Quinn took over for Cassel on the Chiefs final drive, with Kansas City down six points, offensive coordinator Brian still opted to keep the ball on the ground for five of the eight plays. Though Quinn did have a touchdown pass to Dwayne Bowe called back thanks to an illegal pick by Dexter McCluster.
Will the Chiefs trust Quinn more than they did Cassel? The backup did complete all three of his attempts in his first regular season action since 2009, but owned an unimpressive 56.1 completion percentage in the preseason. For his career, Quinn has posted a scary 52.5 percentage.
To put those numbers in perspective, only one NFL starter has completed less than 54 percent of his passes, Mark Sanchez of the New York Jets.
If you were getting ready to face this Kansas City offense, would you worry about anything but Jamaal Charles and the ground attack?