Matt Cassel is cleared to practice for the Kansas City Chiefs, giving head coach Romeo Crennel a healthy stable of signal callers as well as a full on quarterback controversy. Cassel has been terrible this season, but backup Brady Quinn wasn’t any better in the Chiefs embarrassing 38-10 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Crennel isn’t tipping his hand about who will start for the Chiefs after their bye this weekend other than saying third-string QB Ricky Stanzi will see his reps decrease as the top two split time.
For his part, Cassel was just happy to be back from the concussion he suffered against the Baltimore Ravens.
“It was great to be back out there with the team,” Cassel told reporters. “Great to feel healthy again. It was only a week but it feels like I was gone forever.”
As much as I’m sure he would have preferred to keep the focus on being back with his teammates, for the first time Cassel had to answer questions about fans cheering him while he was laying injured on the Arrowhead turf. While he tried to avoid answering the questions as best he could, the quarterback was quick to say nothing but nice things about the city.
“I live here year round. I’ve had nothing but support from the people in Kansas City,” Cassel said. “From the people we’ve met, my wife has met and my children go to school with.”
“The fact of the matter is, Kansas City is a great place to play. We have a passionate fan base. I’m sure that they’re frustrated. We’re frustrated as well.”
No doubt there will be some that are frustrated by Cassel’s politically correct answers, but it would be silly to expect anything else from him. He has never been one to rock the boat and he’s smart enough to know that taking on the fans at any level is a losing proposition.
Cassel’s play has put him on thin ice with the fan base, but coming out against them — even if it’s just a small group — would make Crennel getting him back into the starting lineup that much harder.