Kansas City Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel has confirmed that QB Brady Quinn will serve as the primary backup to starter Matt Cassel this season, per Adam Teicher.
Quinn defeated Ricky Stanzi for the #2 role.
This doesn’t come as a great surprise as Quinn has outperformed Stanzi in the preseason. Still, there has been quite a lot of buzz and excitement around Stanzi since he was drafted in 2011.
This doesn’t necessarily mean Stanzi won’t continue to develop. The second-year player saw his development slowed thanks to last year’s NFL lockout. Once the team got back to practicing, Stanzi found himself third on the depth chart with little time to take significant practice snaps.2012 was his first full offseason of work with the Chiefs, though he had to learn new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll’s offense.
Still, Teicher reports that the Chiefs are bummed that Stanzi couldn’t get the job done.
They would have preferred Stanzi step up to claim the job, which clearly didn’t happen
— Adam Teicher (@adamteicher) August 27, 2012
For Quinn, this is a significant step forward, as he was stuck as a third string QB last season behind Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow.
Romeo Crennel and the Cleveland Browns drafted Quinn with the 22nd overall pick in the 2007 draft. Quinn had been billed as a possible top ten pick so his slide was somewhat surprising.
Things never got off the ground for Quinn in Cleveland. Romeo Crennel was fired and Quinn was traded to the Broncos after a series of disappointing appearances. Other than preseason, Quinn never got into a game for the Broncos.
But now Quinn is back in the #2 spot and should anything happen to Matt Cassel this season, he will get perhaps one chance to make it as an NFL starter.
After seeing his lackluster play in the preseason, I’m hoping Cassel stays healthy.
What do you think, Addicts? Did Romeo Crennel make the right choice?