Brady Quinn, KC Chiefs and defining success

John Rieger-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

What would a successful day look like for Quinn?

What does Brady Quinn have to do to be successful for the KC Chiefs against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday?

I've broken it down into a few categories. I haven't predicted his pasing yardage total because passing yards aren't always a straight indicator of success (as the Chiefs "top five" offense knows) and I didn't put a number on touchdowns because an ideal game would actually be the run game scoring more than Quinn.

This is what I consider success for Brady Quinn:

1. Two or less turnovers

You laugh that I consider this a metric of success but the Chiefs have not had a game with less than three turnovers this year. The Chiefs turnover line in five games goes 3, 3, 3, 6 and 4. That's a scary line, man.

So, yes, if the only turnovers in this game are a pair of Brady picks then I can handle it.

2. Surpassing the Cassel line -- completing 57.3 percent of his passes.

One of the basic parts of being a quarterback is completing passes to players on your team. Cassel has struggled at this in his Chiefs career with a 57.3 completion percentage during his time in KC, below what I consider successful (60 percent).

But for the backup quarterback, he just needs to do better than Cassel's 57.3 percent.

3. Three downfield passes

The Chiefs didn't bring in a new quarterback to not test his arm out a little. Quinn can make throws Cassel can't so the Chiefs need to take advantage of that with at least three downfield passes -- I'm talking 20-plus yards.

Show us what it would be like to have these receivers with a quarterback who can take advantage of their skills.

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