When he departed for the offseason, Cassel knew changes were coming at quarterback even if he was unsure what they might be. As it turns out, the Chiefs lost as a free agent Kyle Orton, who started last season’s final three games after being claimed off waivers.
He was replaced by Quinn, who was with Denver the past two seasons without playing in a game. Quinn once played in Cleveland for Romeo Crennel, now the Chiefs’ head coach.
Four Pro Bowl quarterbacks await the Chiefs over the first five weeks of the 2012 season and none are named Peyton Manning. It’s the type of schedule that ensures Kansas City can’t afford the slow start it experienced to begin last season.
Up first for the Chiefs is a season opener against Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons at Arrowhead Stadium. The game marks the third consecutive season Kansas City has opened its schedule at home and will feature the return of TE Tony Gonzalez.
“Your guess is as good as mine,” Routt said when asked why he was so frequently penalized. “What to do about it? I don’t know. I just play football.
“Obviously, penalties are something you don’t want to do, something you don’t want to have. It’s definitely something you don’t want to stack up. But I think that playing man-to-man coverage like we did in Oakland, it was something you can’t really avoid. You want to play aggressive, you want to play football, you want to play close to your man, then sometimes it will happen. It was a little bit unfortunate the way it kind of stacked up toward the end of the season, but it is what it is. It’s not going to stop my play one way or another.”