Oh Ricky Stanzi, we hardly knew you. The 2011 fifth-round pick for the Kansas City Chiefs has officially been cut in favor of rookie Tyler Bray. Stanzi will probably find another opportunity in the NFL at some point, and hopefully it will be with a team who will actually let him see the field.
In the two seasons, Stanzi was with the Chiefs, there was no excuse for him not getting a shot to play. In 2011, Tyler Palko took over for an injured Matt Cassel and played flat out terrible football. With one of the weakest arms I’ve ever seen in the NFL, Kansas City was limited to running plays and short passes, and opposing defenses knew it. Palko’s quarterback rating of 59.8 in six games left Chiefs fans baffled by Coach Todd Haley’s decision to leave Stanzi on the bench.
In 2012, it was more of the same except this time the starters were the ones playing abysmal football. The Cassel-Brady Quinn team combined for the league’s lowest-scoring offense, highest number of giveaways, and fewest passing yards. All the while, Coach Romeo Crennel left Stanzi on the sidelines to watch the guys who proved over and over again that they were not going to get the job done.
Kansas City has yet another new coaching staff this year, and Andy Reid and company have decided they aren’t going to make Stanzi watch as they don’t play him. He has been cut to make room for Bray — the new regime’s big-potential project. Wherever Stanzi lands, hopefully the staff won’t accept proven ineptitude in favor of giving him a chance.