Good morning! Obviously, the announcement of Brady Quinn as the new starter from the Kansas City Chiefs dominates today's news. Here we go...
Quinn To Start For Chiefs On Sunday from KC Star
Brady Quinn will start at quarterback instead of Matt Cassel in the Chiefs' game Sunday against Oakland at Arrowhead Stadium.
Coach Romeo Crennel cited the need to shake up the 1-5 Chiefs in making the change.
Q&A With Romeo Crennel - 10/22 from The Mothership
DANNY CLINKSCALE (SPORTS RADIO 810): Besides the change up aspect, what does Brady bring to the table?
CRENNEL: "As I mentioned, I thought he showed poise in the Tampa game. I thought he managed the offense well there. As I mentioned also, he was a little rusty, but I think with playing time, practice time, I anticipate for him to be better and be able to lead this team."
Locker Room Quotes - 10/22 from The Mothership
Q: What do you take away from the Tampa game?
QUINN: "I think the one thing is, again, we just have to find a way to not have any turnovers. I think that's been killing us, especially where it's been happening. A lot of times it's happening in the red zone and we're not coming away with any points, so that's a big key for us. The thing is for us to just continue a sustained drive, whether it's making a play here or there. Having a bye week, sitting back watching these games this weekend I noticed guys are making plays. It's not exactly how they draw it up, and guys are making plays. We have to put in our selfless players to be able to make the most of opportunities when we're given them."
Chiefs Notebook: Health Of Ailing Players Improving from KC Star
Running back Peyton Hillis (ankle) and defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey (calf) practiced for the first time in several weeks, though it was unclear whether either player would play against the Raiders. The Chiefs don't have to issue an injury report until Wednesday.
Kansas City Chiefs To Start Brady Quinn At Quarterback Against Oakland Raiders from The Associated Press via The San Jose Mercury News
Quinn started for the first time since 2009 in the Chiefs' loss at Tampa Bay two weeks ago because Cassel was still feeling the effects of a concussion sustained the previous week against Baltimore. Kansas City had last week off.
Quinn didn't perform well against the Buccaneers, going 22 of 38 for 180 yards with two interceptions with a touchdown in a 38-10 loss. But the former first-round draft pick did show the kind of poise and arm strength that Cassel has been lacking all season.
Brady Quinn Now Kansas City Chiefs' Starting QB from NFL.com
Quinn finished 22-of-38 passing for 180 yards and two interceptions in that defeat, but Crennel said Quinn will take the reins "without having to look over his shoulder."
Quinn might be one of the few with that privilege in Kansas City after a rough-and-tumble opening act. This team was a popular preseason pick in the AFC West, the thinking man's counterpunch to the Peyton Manning-led Denver Broncos. Here in late October, it's clear the Chiefs could use Peyton Manning and a whole lot more.
Cassel Out As Chiefs Quarterback And Quinn Is In from Examiner.com
While Cassel's play has regressed terribly this season, he is far from the sole reason the team has struggled. The offense - led by Cassel - leads the NFL in turnovers and Cassel himself has more turnovers than any other player. But the defense has been non-existent for all but one game (a 9-6 loss to Baltimore), ranking 29th in points allowed.
Couple that with their 29th-ranked scoring offense and it is easy to see why the Chiefs are 1-5 and searching for any spark.
Quinn, Not Cassel, Now Chiefs' Starting QB from FS Kansas City
Cassel's fall from grace happened rather quickly after his Pro Bowl season in 2010 when he helped lead the Chiefs to the playoffs. A hand injury derailed his season in week 10 in 2011, and this season has been nothing short of a disaster for Cassel. He committed 14 turnovers, including nine interceptions, during the Chiefs' first five games, four of which were losses.
Monday Playbook: More Changes For The Carolina Panthers? from The Visalia Times-Delta
Had the Jacksonville Jaguars not lost Maurice Jones-Drew and Blaine Gabbert, the Raiders would be 1-5. Instead, they're 2-4 and would be at .500 if they had edged out the Atlanta Falcons last week. Now, they have games against the Kansas City Chiefs, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New Orleans Saints, Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns (teams that are a combined 9-23) along with a matchup against the battered Baltimore Ravens, who suddenly look a lot less daunting despite their 5-2 record.
Should I Be Worried About My Team? from Back Page Lead
Kansas City Chiefs (1-5): No truth to rumour that team has asked for a second bye week.
Chiefs Moving Away From Matt Cassel from ESPN
Oh, sure, he may play here and there the rest of the season if Quinn gets banged up. But if Quinn fails, I'd think the Chiefs would look at No. 3 quarterback Ricky Stanzi to finish the season. Cassel will likely be cut after the season and becomes another team's backup next year.
There's no way the Chiefs can go back to Cassel now. The fans demanded he be gone and there have been whispers the locker room wanted a change as well.
The View From Under The Bus from Warpaint Illustrated
Pioli is performing a mea culpa with a degree of unease that is obviously unfamiliar to him. Each of the interviews that I've seen and heard, his body language and answers don't match the territory he's walking in. He is essentially throwing himself under the bus.
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