The Kansas City Chiefs are making another change at quarterback, but it has nothing to do with performance. Starter turned backup Matt Cassel will be back leading the Chiefs offense Thursday night against the San Diego Chargers on national TV, head coach Romeo Crennel announced Tuesday.
The man Cassel replaced, Brady Quinn, is not cleared to play after leaving Sunday’s loss to the Oakland Raiders with a head injury, leaving Crennel with few options. According to Chris Mortensen, Quinn was still having headache/vision issues Monday.
Stepping back into his original role in the first quarter Sunday, Cassel quickly picked up where he left off when he was benched. He was picked off once, lost a fumble and completing 20 of 30 passes for 218 yards with a garbage time touchdown.
Cassel started in the Chiefs 37-20 loss to the Chargers on September 30. Against San Diego, he completed 24 of 42 passes for 251 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions. He also fumbled, but he was able to cover it up.
Some fans in Kansas City are already wondering why third string QB Ricky Stanzi isn’t getting a look, but a short week is never the right time to give an inexperienced player his first start. While Stanzi will have to be active Sunday, the only way he sees the field is if Cassel goes down with another injury.