August 10, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Ricky Stanzi (12) goes under center in the fourth quarter of the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs won 27-17. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-US PRESSWI
Nearly all of our posts about the Kansas City Chiefs first preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals have been positive. The offensive starters, including Matt Cassel, looked very good moving the ball up and down the field. The defense tackled on seven sacks as the first team looked sharp.
The one downside, if there is one, is that nothing was settled in the backup quarterback debate. Brady Quinn and Ricky Stanzi will continue competing in training camp but there isn't a clear leader in the position battle.
Quinn completed 7-of-13 passes for 81 yards and one interception, which wasn't totally his fault as it was tipped. He never really developed a rhythm and showed some inconsistency. We can talk about pocket presence, deep balls and all that stuff that goes along with a quarterback. But at the end of the day you need to be accurate. Quinn didn't do that consistently enough to cement himself as the leader in this battle.
Related: Quinn's debut as a Chief
As for Stanzi, we saw why he's not in the running to be a starter (yet). He completed just 2-of-7 passes for 42 yards. He seemed at times to be more interested in the home run ball than operating the offense efficiently. Maybe that's just because he hasn't had a lot of playing time, but Stanzi looked like a backup quarterback on Friday night.
Quinn was listed as the No. 2 quarterback when the depth chart was released last week. Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel said that isn't necessarily how it wil end up, as the quarterbacks will continue to be evaluated.
The next depth chart will be out this week. Will it be Quinn or Stanzi on the second team?