Matt Cassel will get at least one more start for the Kansas City Chiefs, despite throwing a game-deciding interception Monday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Head coach Romeo Crennel announced Wednesday it would be Cassel starting Sunday at Arrowhead when the Cincinnati Bengals come to town. According to Crennel, starting (by the depth chart) QB Brady Quinn still has not been cleared to play, though that is still up for debate.
Quinn told reporters he was cleared by doctors to return after suffering a concussion in a loss to the Oakland Raiders. Clearly there is a big difference between cleared to practice and cleared to play, but either way there is an obvious communication breakdown between the Chiefs coaches and their players.
Last week we wondered why the Chiefs weren’t giving second-year signal caller Ricky Stanzi a chance and those questions remain. This team has no chance to make the playoffs and neither Cassel or Quinn will be a part of the franchise after this season. Before Kansas City considers spending a high first round pick on a quarterback, they should see how Stanzi performs when the lights are the brightest.
Stanzi could turn out to be just as bad as he looked in the preseason, but what’s the worst that could happen? The Chiefs win one game the rest of the way? There’s a good chance they do that with Cassel or Quinn taking the snaps.