Although Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel reiterated that Matt Cassel will remain under center against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, it is evident that former University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish star Brady Quinn is close to taking over as the team’s starting quarterback.
The Chiefs are 1-3 after four games and the 30-year-old Cassel, a 2010 Pro Bowl selection who the New England Patriots took out of the University of Southern California in the seventh round of the 2005 NFL Draft, has struggled and only thrown five touchdowns, in contrast to seven picks, for 1,058 yards.
“At some point, as a coach, you go through and you see what’s happening in the game and how a guy is reacting and how he’s responding to what’s happening in the game,” said Crennel, 65, who has compiled a pathetic mark of 27-44 coaching the Cleveland Browns and Chiefs. “If you feel he’s inept, constantly making poor decisions, bad choices, then that’s when you move on from him and give someone else a chance.”
Granted, the 6-foot-5, 230 pound Cassel, a two-time AFC Offensive Player of the Week in 2008, needs to perform better on the gridiron.
Nevertheless, to threaten Cassel, who has tossed 81 scores, in comparison to 52 interceptions, for 12,757 yards in his career, with the substandard Quinn as a replacement is comical.
The 27-year-old Quinn, who shattered a startling 36 records airing the pigskin for the Irish over four years, signed with the Chiefs on Saint Paddy’s Day to watch the past Trojan play in the “Paris of the Plains.”
For a man who entered the league with such great expectations, it is amazing how porous Quinn has been over five professional seasons.
Before being chosen by the Browns, Quinn established the quarterback record for weightlifting at the NFL combine by benching 225 pounds an astounding 24 times.
Roughly a year later, in August 2008, the native of Columbus was featured on the front cover of the magazine Muscle & Fitness.
In the article, titled “The NFL’s Hardest Working Quarterback,” Quinn spoke about combining strength and agility exercises to ensure he didn’t become too bulky to compete as a field general.
Counterproductively for the 6-foot-3, 235 pound specimen, Quinn’s exhaustive workouts have hindered his play and he must reduce his time hoisting heavy weights in the gym.
All of the aforementioned signal-callers had ample strength and managed to flourish in the brutal sport of professional football.
However, not one of those six passers was ever excessively built to the degree that Quinn is.
Quinn, whose career statistics read 10 touchdowns, in comparison to 9 interceptions, for a paltry 66.8 quarterback rating, has primarily been atrocious due to inaccuracy issues that have relegated him to an embarrassing 52.1% passer.
In order for the Lou Ferrigno wannabe to have any chance to excel in the NFL, he must shed a decent portion of muscle mass and become leaner.
Unfortunately for the muscleman, there is not enough time at this point in the year for Quinn to safely alter his physique.
Undoubtedly, at this juncture, Matt Cassel still provides the Chiefs with the best opportunity to win.
If Romeo Crennel and Kansas City fans want to see an “inept” player “constantly making poor decisions,” Brady Quinn should immediately be inserted into the starting lineup.by