Good morning! Here is your Kansas City Chiefs news from across the internet. The good news? We're at least seeing some stories about the upcoming Baltimore game. The bad news? Baltimore is the upcoming game. Enjoy.
"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," Crennel said. "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."
By that standard, Crennel had to be close to pulling Cassel in Sunday's 37-20 loss to the Chargers at Arrowhead. Cassel threw three first-half interceptions, including one that was returned for a touchdown, as San Diego built a 27-6 halftime lead.
In fact, if the team had a better alternative than Brady Quinn as the top backup, Cassel might have already found his way to the bench.
"Look, there's a big reason why they went after Peyton Manning as hard as they did this offseason," said a source with knowledge of Chiefs president Scott Pioli's thinking. "What you're seeing from Cassel is pretty much what was expected. He's a really nice backup, not a starter."
Chiefs Stick With Cassel At Quarterback from The Associated Press via USA Today
Cassel was showered with boos throughout the first half Sunday, but was greeted by something much worse by the time the fourth quarter rolled around: silence.
The vast majority of the crowd had already headed for the parking lots.
Brady Quinn Poised For More Kansas City Chiefs Snaps from NFL.com
The Chiefs' home crowd chanted for No. 3 quarterback Ricky Stanzi on Sunday. Crennel can only hope that's the low point of the season. We aren't likely to see Stanzi anytime soon, but it sounds like we're another bad Cassel performance away to getting the Brady Quinn experience.
Moving On: Kansas City Chiefs from ESPN
Biggest area to fix: Ball security. The Chiefs had six turnovers. Quarterback Matt Cassel threw three interceptions and running back Jamaal Charles lost two fumbles. This game was 17-0 in the first quarter because of three turnovers.
Arrowhead Doesn't Provide Boost For Chiefs from FS Midwest
Remember The Arrowhead Mystique? The Red Death? Smells like burnt ends. Sounds like a jet engine exploding inside your eardrums. The Acoustical Design Group of Kansas once reported the noise level inside Arrowhead Stadium on game day reaching roughly 116 decibels -- or just slightly below the first three rows at a Deep Purple concert...
...Yeah, but... there's also this: Dating back to '07, the Chiefs are 14-28 at Arrowhead in the regular season, a home winning percentage of .333 -- the worst in the AFC over that stretch of five-plus seasons.
Noise Could Be Major Issue At Arrowhead from CSN Washington
The Chiefs are just 1-3 and are in disarray with quarterback Matt Cassel having turned the ball over 10 times. But they have an edge in atmosphere.
"Arrowhead Stadium is a loud place, very loud place," said Ravens center Matt Birk, who admitted he had trouble hearing quarterback Joe Flacco when he was under center during a Jan. 9, 2011 playoff game there. "That just adds to the degree of difficulty. We'll have our hands full."
Available QBs: Are These Guys Any Better? from KC Star
Chiefs fans may have had enough of Matt Cassel, but even if the franchise were inclined to make a move, pickings are slim for a replacement quarterback. Here's a look at some of the guys on the street who are available to suit up.
The Blessed/Cursed Life Of Matt Cassel from FOX4KC
Man, to be an NFL quarterback. To have the athleticism to throw tight spirals 50 yards down the field to a streaking receiver for a touchdown; to be the field general for a great NFL franchise like the Kansas City Chiefs; to get all the glory when you win big over division rivals Oakland, Denver or San Diego. But on the flip side, when you lose, everyone hates you, the fans boo you, and your name is cursed on talk radio from Topeka to Columbia.
Ravens Cautious Of Chiefs Despite Record from CSN Washington
The Chiefs are coming off a 37-20 loss to the San Diego Chargers and have committed 15 turnovers for the season. Quarterback Matt Cassel is responsible for 10.
The Ravens have forced eight turnovers.
But a wounded team can't be taken lightly, especially because of star talents such as running back Jamaal Charles and receiver Dwayne Bowe.
Ravens Notebook: John Harbaugh Not Taking Kansas City Lightly from CBS Sports
"They had a bunch of turnovers and if they clean that up, they're capable of beating anybody," Harbaugh said. "They were down big to the Saints and just came roaring back in (the Mercedes-Benz Superdome). They're a heck of a football team, they were predicted preseason to be a playoff team. They're still the same team."
Junk Time Counts from The Sports Network
Matt Cassel, QB, Kansas City Chiefs: Here is a rare case when quantity really can outweigh quality. Cassel has been chucking it up like a mad man in the fourth quarter lately, completing just 53.8 percent of his passes for a 76.3 quarterback rating. But because the Chiefs are almost always behind at that point in the game, that's also when Cassel has been most productive. Three of Cassel's five touchdowns have come in the fourth, with all three of them going to All-Pro wideout Dwayne Bowe. Overall, Cassel has thrown for 326 fourth- quarter yards, the most he's thrown for in any quarter this season.
Monday Observations: No Easy Fixes For Stumbling Jets, Chiefs from CBS Sports
And in the interim, coach Romeo Crennel, like Cassel one of the true good people and indomitable spirits in this league, will continue to face inquiries all week about whether he should retain his dual role of head coach and defensive playcaller, as his unit comes off another game in which it was gashed.
I have a hard time seeing Kansas City crawling up on San Diego and/or Denver in the AFC West, and with the fan base cranky, and justifiably so, this is definitely another hotspot to monitor as the autumn chill takes hold.
Up To 8-10 GMs Could Be On Shaky Ground from Pro Football Weekly
GM: "I don't think the Bill Parcells style of being a (jerk) works. The game is too (expletive) hard - you might as well enjoy where you are working and enjoy working with (your) people. That style and where they get that, I don't get it. ... Kansas City has an intimidating, scare-tactic style of doing business. As long as he has the owner fooled, he'll be fine. I don't think he's in immediate danger, but I don't see the team getting better. ... If Scott doesn't know the difference between Shaun Rogers and Kelly Gregg, he's in trouble."
Former Chiefs front-office employee: "Pioli could get run out in K.C and Romeo might get a pass for a year or two, the same way Lovie (Smith) did when (Jerry) Angelo got run out. They might let some money burn off his contract first before they fire him and start the clock over. It would give a new GM time to hire the next coach and turn it around."
Offensive Linemen Join With KFC To Support First Downs For Downs Syndrome from The Mothership
Members of the Chiefs Community Caring Team will be visiting a local KFC to help kick off the 2012 KFC First Downs for Down Syndrome Donation Drive. KFC restaurants will raise money for FDFDS from Oct. 1 through Nov. 4. Customers visiting a KFC during this timeframe will have the opportunity to donate $1 to FDFDS. Customers visiting the Raytown KFC on Tuesday will have the opportunity to meet members of the Chiefs offensive line and have their picture taken with KC Wolf.
KCChiefs.com Video: From The Podium: Romeo Crennel