OK…there is a rising groundswell of support for the benching of Cassel. I am not impressed by Cassel, and never have been. When Pioli traded for him, I hoped it was a stop-gap measure to hold down the fort until we could draft or develop a good QB. It’s now been close to four years and four drafts, since the trade, and Cassel is still in place as the starter. Am I disappointed in his play? Not really. He is what he is, and more importantly, he is what he was four years ago. The target of my disappointment is Pioli. Two years ago, I assumed that Cassel’s role was to provide some stability to the QB position, while the rest of the team was being built. Last March, my disappointment in our QB position began to change to outright anger at our GM, when Daboll was hired over Zorn as our OC.. When the draft arrived in April, and our QB position still hadn’t changed, my opinion of our GM began to plummet. If Pioli’s ego would be bruised by admitting that Cassel was a mistake, imagine the thrashing his ego is suffering as Chiefs
nation watches the debacle that is our offense this year. From my vantage point, the ’13 draft is Pioli’s last chance to look like the genius he was thought to be back in ’08. If he can manage to land one of the top two or three QB’s in next year’s draft, he may be able to recoup most of his lost luster.
However, at this point in time, I’m unsure about benching Cassel. What reasoning do we use to justify such a move? If Crennel, Daboll, or Pioli can say with some degree of conviction that Quinn is better than Cassel then Quinn should be starting. If a change is being made just to make a change, then it really doesn’t make any sense. Stanzi jumping over both Quinn and Cassel would make more sense in that situation. At least by the end of the season we’d be absolutely certain that we positively have to draft a QB in the first round next April.
If Cassel is in fact replaced by Quinn, Quinn has to realize that this may be his last shot at becoming an NFL QB. He’s here on a one year deal. If he blows this chance, I doubt anyone else will offer him a contract next year. So, what can Quinn offer the Chiefs? Considering the arm strength (or lack thereof) Cassel has demonstrated, I would assume Quinn would have an advantage in that area. Increasing the threat of a deep pass should back up the LB’s and secondary a step or two. Quinn certainly could not be demonstrably worse at his progressions, and likely won’t lock on to receivers more than Cassel does. The questions that need to be answered are whether or not Quinn is a more accurate passer than Cassel, and is he willing to take a few more risks than Cassel.
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