Kansas City Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel made it clear on Monday he is the one making the decisions. With a healthy Matt Cassel ready to step back into his role as the starting quarterback for the Chiefs. Crennel made the decision to keep GM Scott Pioli’s choice on the bench in favor of Brady Quinn.
Crennel said he needed to get the Chiefs out of a “rut” and the best way to do that is by changing course at quarterback.
“I kind of felt like that probably the most impactful move that I could make to get everybody’s attention was to change the quarterback, so I’m changing the quarterback, Crennel told reporters. “Brady Quinn will be the starter and Matt will be a backup.”
Quinn will be the Chiefs starter for the immediate future. And if he does struggle over the next month, it would make more sense to then go to second-year signal caller Ricky Stanzi instead of Cassel.
Crennel wanted to make it clear that while Quinn doesn’t have to look over his shoulder, fearing a quick hook, he stressed the Chiefs aren’t 1-5 because of Cassel.
“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.”
Unfortunately for Crennel and the Chiefs, Quinn didn’t show much last week in his first start since 2009. He averaged just 4.7 yards per attempt and threw two interceptions in Kansas City’s 38-10 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.