Starting QB Brady Quinn suffered a rib injury in the Chiefs 15-0 loss to the Oakland Raiders, putting his status in doubt this weekend. Even if he is healthy, head coach Romeo Crennel could call the second-year quarterback’s number.
“There’s a possibility,” Crennel told reporters. “Like I said last week, there’s a possibility, and I mentioned injuries as one of the reasons. We’ll see what Brady looks like, and then we’ll make some decisions and go from there.”
If the Chiefs had even the slimmest of chances to make the postseason, I’d say Quinn or Matt Cassel would be the best option no matter how bad they looked. After all, when in doubt, lean on experience.
But as we all know, there hasn’t been any talk about playoffs in Kansas City in months and they have long since been eliminated. How much worse would it have been if Stanzi was under center against the Raiders instead of Quinn? 22-0 instead of 15-0?
There’s no reason for me to think Stanzi is the long term answer for the Chiefs and clearly the coaches and front office feel the same way. But what do you have to lose by seeing how the former Iowa star responds to being thrown in the fire?
At the very least, give Chiefs fans something to cheer about in the final game at Arrowhead this season. Can you imagine the ovation Stanzi and his flowing locks will get as he take the field for the first time? It’ll be the loudest the Sea of Red has been all season.