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In the end, perhaps it wouldn’t have mattered who started at quarterback for the Chiefs. Dan Marino couldn’t have salvaged this game. Joe Montana couldn’t have done anything with this.

“It got out of reach pretty fast,” backup Brodie Croyle said.

What that answer lacks in strength it makes up for in honesty, because nobody can be sure, not now, and that’s the position the Chiefs put themselves in, for better or worse. Cassel’s status will be the dominant story again this week, but there’s more than enough work for the Chiefs to have a busy six days.

Their season rests in how they respond.

“It was an embarrassing day for me,” he said, his voice rising slightly from its normal placid tone. “I signed the contract, and then I didn’t come through for the people I’m supposed to come through for. It was embarrassing. I didn’t do (well) enough.”

The Chiefs should be ashamed of themselves. They didn’t try to fight. They were Spinks and the Chargers were Tyson. Sure, Cassel wasn’t there, and he’s having a fine year, but don’t spend your Sunday afternoon looking for a soft place to nap when daddy isn’t around to make sure you’re doing your chores.

“When you get your tails kicked like we did and the defense played as bad as it did it makes it easy to come back and play the way you know how to play,” free safety Eric Weddle said. “… Hopefully it’s a blessing in disguise what happened when Oakland beat us. It made us realize we have to do it together, we have to bring it every week — the passion.”

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