I've always been an optimist. It's extremely difficult being an optimist and a Chiefs fan at the same time. I'm sure you can relate to this problem.
As crazy as it sounds…Yes, my optimistic thinking has me believing that it is possible that Brady Quinn could be our starting Quarterback for the next few years.The reason I believe this, is because Cassel simply can not move the ball up and down the field. His biggest weakness is what a quarterback needs the most in Kansas City, and that is his vision. As unfortunate as it sounds, Tyler Palko moved the ball up and down the field better than Matt Cassel did last year. Yes, he would eventually throw an interception or two, or three, or four. But, his vision was better than Cassel's, thus he was able to move the ball down field quicker and more frequently than Cassel. However, Palko's decision making was some of the worst I've seen from an NFL quarterback, which as we all know is why is no longer here.
Then along came Kyle Orton (finally) and he too, began moving the ball up and down the field, finding open receivers that Matt Cassel was never able to find. Kyle Orton even made me believe in Leonard Pope again when he was finding him open downfield for big gains. Our problem was finishing and getting the ball into the end zone. We now have an answer for this problem in a healthy Moeaki and the addition of Boss, Hillis and Eric Winston.
Surprisingly, Matt Cassel's statistics are arguably better than Kyle Orton's. His career QB rating is slightly better and he has thrown 12 less interceptions than Orton. However, Orton came in and made this team look like a winning team again. Orton has never had a supporting cast at receiver like he did in KC, which is what I believe made him look so much better than Cassel. Yet, on paper they are mostly identical.
With the weapons we have at receiving positions, I believe that a mediocre quarterback with good to great VISION, can come in and become a successful product of the Kansas City Chiefs. This is where the Brady Quinn experiment comes into effect.
I believe this is why Quinn got a 1 year contract. I think that Crennel and Pioli are wanting to test this theory or something along the same lines. If it works during training camp and pre-season, then Stanzi can learn behind a quarterback with good vision and decision making, which in turn, will help him to become the QB of the future 3 years or so down the road. This could even lead to Cassel's release next year, and possibly an extension to Quinn if it were to pan out this way.
Brady Quinn has never had a good supporting cast. He's motivated to win our division because of spite against the Broncos. He has a legitimate shot to re-invent himself in Kansas City and become what everyone thought he was coming out of college. He has a strong arm and decent decision making. All he has to do, is have the VISION to see the target and execute to be successful in Kansas City.