The training room was active for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2011, starting in the preseason with Tony Moeaki tearing his ACL. This continued into the regular season with the same injury to Eric Berry in Week 1 and Jamaal Charles in Week 2.
With Matt Cassel making his final appearance in Week 9, it was remarkable that the team stayed as competitive as they did until the final week of the season.
The coaches will play it safe leading up to the opening kickoff, but all four players are expected to retake their roles prior to the injuries.
Brady Quinn and Ricky Stanzi rotated second-team reps throughout offseason practices, prompting most to assume that the competition for the primary backup job to Matt Cassel is wide open.
Will second-team reps remain equal when training camp opens next week or did one of the candidates differentiate themselves as a favorite during the spring? Quarterbacks coach Jim Zorn certainly didn’t tip his hand when the team concluded its mandatory minicamp in June.
“(Stanzi) is much-improved already this year with the capabilities of the offense, making decisions on the line of scrimmage with protections and runs and things like that. Things that we weren’t even getting to until midway through training camp, so this is a real plus for him,” Zorn said.
First up in our 2012 Chiefs positional walkthrough is the most important position in the game: Quarterback. Unfortunately for the Chiefs, the most important position in the game is arguably the weakest position on the team. It’s now been nearly 30 years since this franchise has drafted a quarterback in the 1st round of the NFL Draft. Think about that. 30 years!
Len Dawson, Joe Montana, Trent Green. That’s about it for the Kansas City Chiefs at the quarterback position in their 50 years of existence. Sure, Mike Livingston, Steve Fuller, Bill Kenney, Todd Blackledge, Steve DeBerg, Dave Kreig, Steve Bono, Rich Gannon, Elvis Grbac, Damon Huard, Brodie Croyle (Oh wait), Tyler Thigpen, Matt Cassel and Kyle Orton have won some games for the franchise…