Is Romeo Crennel Smart to Keep Matt Cassel as the Chiefs Starter?
In a press conference this morning, Kansas City Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel announced that much-maligned quarterback Matt Cassel will still be his quarterback come Sunday when his team hosts the Baltimore Ravens. Cassel’s poor play in Kansas City’s first four games caused fans in Arrowhead Stadium to chant for third string quarterback Ricky Stanzi during yesterday’s game, and it’s clear that some sort of change is needed to reverse the team’s fortunes.
Last season, former head coach and current Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley lost his job midseason seemingly due to his reluctance to bench Tyler Palko after his atrocious four game stretch in favor of Kyle Orton or Stanzi. If Cassel’s poor play continues and Brady Quinn doesn’t get a shot to show that he can do a better job, expect Crennel to be fired by the halfway point of the season. As good as the team’s resurgence last year felt when he took over, something just isn’t right with this year’s team. They look confused, overmatched, and like they just aren’t ready to play in the first half.
There aren’t many serviceable quarterbacks on the open market right now, so any change the Chiefs make will probably have to come from within the organization. In his career, Quinn has completed just 52 percent of his passes for 10 touchdowns and 9 interceptions, and Stanzi has never seen significant regular season playing time. A more likely scenario is that the Chiefs look for a quarterback like Matt Barkley or Geno Smith in next year’s draft, depending on when they’re available and how high the Chiefs draft. With 5 touchdowns, 7 interceptions, and a total QBR under 50 this season, Cassel hasn’t warranted the $10 million a year he’s getting paid. The old saying is that when a team is struggling, the backup quarterback is every fan’s favorite player, and it may be time for Crennel to give someone else a chance in Kansas City.