For the first time in
ever a very long time, someone actually wanted Brady Quinn to play quarterback. Collectively, that someone was the Chiefs’ fan base, for they have become a singular, all-encompassing voice. Their wish was granted when Haloti Ngata and Pernell McPhee heard their cries.
Late in the fourth quarter of the Chiefs’ eventual 9-6 loss to Baltimore in a game that reminded us that there are rare times when licking a recently-used barbeque grill can be more exciting than football, Ngata and McPhee planted Cassel, giving him an apparent concussion. That happened after Cassel had thrown two interceptions, with the truly creative part of his game-blowing efforts being his goal-line fumble that likely took seven points off the board.
Prior to both his injury and this game, Cassel’s job security was being seriously questioned, with Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel saying he’ll evaluate the quarterback position weekly. When they were down by only a field goal in the third quarter, the Chiefs showed the ultimate lack of confidence in Cassel as they still fed Jamaal Charles carries.
Since the offense could do absolutely nothing else, the Ravens stacked the line after Charles had 20 carries in just the first half, and eventually there was something so very insane about repeating the same failure, and expecting a different result. That trend will continue if Cassel is the starter, and he’ll bring down the fantasy value of every other Chief, including Charles despite his 560 all-purpose yards over the past three weeks.
So enter Quinn, who was asked to throw three times during his brief appearance following Cassel’s injury. All three of those attempts were completions for a total of 32 passing yards, while over three and a half quarters and 15 attempts, Cassel had 92 yards.
If Cassel isn’t healthy next week, Chiefs fans will get their wish. If Cassel is healthy, Chiefs fans will probably still get their wish, and they’ll immediately regret that decision.
Care and caution is rarely associated with wishful/wistful thinking.