John Rieger-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire
What would a successful day look like for Quinn?
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.