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With Sunday start for Chiefs, Quinn could reclaim his career. (KC Star)

By ADAM TEICHER

The Kansas City Star








By all rights, it shouldn’t be this way for Brady Quinn. He’s 27 and in his sixth NFL season, so as a former first-round draft pick he should not only have a team to call his own but be comfortably rooted as its starting quarterback.
It hasn’t worked that way for Quinn. But he will get a chance, perhaps a last chance, to resurrect his long-stalled career on Sunday when he will make his first start in almost three years, this one for the Chiefs against the Buccaneers in Tampa.
Quarterback Matt Cassel has not been medically cleared to participate and did not practice Wednesday. Coach Romeo Crennel didn’t rule Cassel out of Sunday’s game, but given that the NFL demands caution with players who have suffered a concussion, as Cassel did last week, that appears to be a formality.
So the Chiefs will go with Quinn, who played for a handful of snaps in relief of the injured Cassel toward the end of last week’s game against Baltimore.
“This is his opportunity to reclaim his career,” said Shawn Zobel, who runs a draft website at DraftHeadquarters.com. Zobel thought enough of Quinn when he came out of Notre Dame in 2007 that he could have been the overall No. 1 pick.
“He’s only 27. So he’s got that going for him. When you think about it from that perspective, he’s younger than (Cleveland rookie quarterback) Brandon Weeden.”
Cassel was at the practice facility Wednesday, but only briefly. He did not attend practice.
“He came into the building today,” Crennel said. “He was not here long. Concussions, they want you to rest, take your time with it.
“He’s been getting a series of tests as it relates to the concussion and he’s been seeing the doctors. I think he’s getting better but you know the league is very serious and cautious about concussions and how about how to handle them so we have to follow procedures on that as we go forward.”
So the Chiefs will go with Quinn on Sunday. While that prospect doesn’t sound exciting to at least some NFL teams — in the past three years, Quinn has been discarded by the Browns, couldn’t get off the bench for the Broncos and not good enough to replace a struggling Cassel for the Chiefs — at one time it would have been.
He was a first-round pick in 2007 of the Browns, then coached by Crennel. He spent two seasons with Cleveland under Crennel, making only three starts, and one year after Crennel was fired, making nine starts.
He was then traded to Denver, where he spent two years buried on the bench behind Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow. He joined the Chiefs as a free agent this year. That’s hardly the career predicted for Quinn when he left Notre Dame.
“I know when I went into Notre Dame, they’d had a couple .500 seasons, or right about that, and I know that we went to two BCS games in the first two years that I was at Notre Dame and one of the main reasons was Brady Quinn,” said Kansas’ Charlie Weis, Quinn’s coach at the end of his Irish career. “And when he left, I told the people, the fans and everyone that you’re really going to miss this kid when he’s gone. And we went 3-9 the next year. So there’s a lot to say for what that kid did for Notre Dame when I was there. We won a lot of football games and he carried the torch. He was clearly the leader.”
Sunday’s game gives Quinn a chance to reestablish his career. Cassel left the lineup because of injury, but was playing so poorly that the Chiefs couldn’t afford to yank Quinn if he plays well during his trial as the starter.
But Quinn wouldn’t acknowledge that on Wednesday.
“There is no bigger picture,” he said. “Tampa is a good team. We’ve got a big challenge ahead of us. There’s no need for me or anyone else to be looking further than this week or even tomorrow’s preparation.”
Yet Quinn also admitted his emotions stirred when he replaced Cassel last week, the first time he’s played in the regular season since December 2009. He said he expected them to do so on Sunday as well.
Since he was Cleveland’s coach when Quinn was drafted, it’s reasonable to believe the quarterback is a favorite of Crennel’s. He didn’t sound on Wednesday as if he had a lot of confidence in Quinn.
“I hope the fact that he understands the offense and understands the system (means) he will be able to step in and be productive,” Crennel said. “He’s got some height, he’s got experience, he can throw the ball down the field, he can throw it intermediate. He has a good command of the offense. He knows what’s expected. He knows the calls and can get us into plays, out of plays.
“Now he has to go execute.” (Unlike CAssel?)

Quinn didn’t play at all as a rookie and started only three games the next season. He lost the rest of that season with a finger injury.
“He was a good talent coming out,” Crennel said. “There’s no doubt about it. He was a productive quarterback and had command of the offense that he ran up at Notre Dame and the weapons he had with him.
“When he got to us, we didn’t have quite as many weapons as he had there at Notre Dame and he was learning a new system and so he wasn’t quite as effective as he had been at Notre Dame. Then he got hurt also. That impacted his development. That made it tough to make a solid evaluation of him.”
Quinn remained with the Browns for one more year after Crennel was fired. His coordinator that season was Brian Daboll, now with the Chiefs. Daboll was unavailable for comment Wednesday but Crennel said, remarkably, that he never asked Daboll what he thought of Quinn before the Chiefs signed him.
The Chiefs are hopeful the Browns were wrong on giving up on Quinn so quickly.
“He was only there for three years,” Zobel said. “To me, when a guy gets drafted in the first round and didn’t play a down his first year and starts only three games his second year and then nine the next year, there’s no way to make a good evaluation on him. It just wasn’t a good mix of talent there. That wasn’t a great situation there.
“He never got a fair shake with the Browns. It never got off on the right foot. That’s not how a team should allow a young guy to develop. You should put him out there and let him take his lumps and learn from them. He never had that opportunity.”

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The 2 bold parts just make you go WTF.

I know this has been discussed but considering how little time Quinn has had on the field why do so many people think he sucks?
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Old 10-11-2012, 12:43 AM   #166
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I agree, the Texas game will be a good barometer for Jones. I did watch the K-State game and Jones did get rattled under pressure. He still put up 305 yards with 1td and 1 int though. Not terrible under the pressure he faced.
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Old 10-11-2012, 12:51 AM   #167
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Not terrible.
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Old 10-11-2012, 12:58 AM   #168
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I agree, the Texas game will be a good barometer for Jones. I did watch the K-State game and Jones did get rattled under pressure. He still put up 305 yards with 1td and 1 int though. Not terrible under the pressure he faced.
They also lost that game.
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Old 10-11-2012, 01:25 AM   #169
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I get why people want him to suck ass but we also need him to show he is better than cassel so cassel can FINALLY be dumped. Now, if Clark is going to clean house, then none of it matters. But if he is going to keep Pioli we need Quinn to perform better than Cassel.
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Old 10-11-2012, 01:52 AM   #170
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So the HC didn't even speak with the OC before going after a b/u QB?...
And the GM probably didn;t talk to the HC either. RAC here's your new backup QB.
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Old 10-11-2012, 02:05 AM   #171
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OMG I think Quinn is going be Poison guys.
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Old 10-11-2012, 03:51 AM   #172
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The better Quinn plays the more obvious the difference to the casual idiot fan...
Not to mention if Quinn does well it justifies the banner and saveourchiefs.com. If Quinn bombs, all we'll hear is, "See? Pioli knows what he's doing."
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Old 10-11-2012, 04:27 AM   #173
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Not to mention if Quinn does well it justifies the banner and saveourchiefs.com. If Quinn bombs, all we'll hear is, "See? Pioli knows what he's doing."
No we won't. Just because Quinn sucks doesn't mean Cassel doesn't still suck.
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Old 10-11-2012, 04:41 AM   #174
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No we won't. Just because Quinn sucks doesn't mean Cassel doesn't still suck.
I am referring to anyone outside of CP. Like DEBBY ALL CAPS and her kind. If Quinn were to fail worse than Cassel those types will be saying it. The movement gains traction by us demanding Cassel to be benched before most people saw that it needed to be done.
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Old 10-11-2012, 04:56 AM   #175
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The "Chiefs" thing to happen now that the season is over would be for Quinn to be mediocre, ruin our draft position, save Crennel and Pioli's jobs, and install himself as next season's starter.
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Old 10-11-2012, 05:12 AM   #176
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The "Chiefs" thing to happen now that the season is over would be for Quinn to be mediocre, ruin our draft position, save Crennel and Pioli's jobs, and install himself as next season's starter.
I really don't think Quinn doing mediocre keeps Pioli and RAC safe.
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Old 10-11-2012, 05:38 AM   #177
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It did appear that, overall, the squad played much better after Cassel went all glassy-eyed and spinny-headed.

Hey I have a squad joke for you ... here it comes ...

Do you know what Matt Cassel and a Slinky have in common?

They are both completely useless but it's fun to shove them down the stairs.

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It would have been funny if after Cassel got his bell rung, he sat up and acted like he was trying to put his hat on his head.
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Old 10-11-2012, 05:51 AM   #178
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It would have been funny if after Cassel got his bell rung, he sat up and acted like he was trying to put his hat on his head.
Dude, that ain't acting.
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Old 10-11-2012, 05:53 AM   #179
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It would have been funny if after Cassel got his bell rung, he sat up and acted like he was trying to put his hat on his head.
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Old 10-11-2012, 06:11 AM   #180
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Is all this talk about Quinn moot? I think he's here on a 1 year contract for about $1.5M. If he does light it up, he's probably gone.
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