Brady Quinn Named Chiefs' Backup QB

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.

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?

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  • ChiefsFan7

    Well considering Stanzi can’t see because his hippie hair gets in the way, I am not surprised.

    • Jim Harper

      Now that was an intelligent remark!

      • ChiefsFan7

        :-P !!!

    • ArrowFan

      When he plays like Brady he can have his hair any way he wants. Untill then he needs to cut it!

  • Calchiefsfan

    I’m with you, I hope Cassel can stay healthy. Didn’t expect much from Quinn, was hoping that Stanzi would step up. Oh well. We need better depth at QB. Here’s hoping that Zorn can improve them as the year goes on. Since that appears to be our only hope at this point.

  • Arrowhead Adventurer

    I like the decision. I hope we keep Quinn on as backup for some time.

  • Jim Harper

    Stanzi was given every opportunity to become the #2 QB and he played like he wanted no part of it. Quinn, on the other hand took advantage of every opportunity by effectively moving the ball with mostly 2nd & 3rd stringers out there with him. His passing was crisp and accurate resulting in a couple of touchdowns. If Cassel does get hurt, he may not get his job back.

    • cmon

      wow. what brady quinn were you watching? accurate? crisp? he won by default. stanzi sucked so much that quinn just had to not suck that bad. he accomplished this. but to go as far as to praise his play? oh cmon.

      • David in SD

        No different then praising Cassel. I wouldn’t want anyone to be hurt but if it happened I wouldn’t lose any confidence in the team. We have to win with an average QB either way. If Quinn was told to throw no further then 10 yards I would expect his numbers to be the same as Cassel. Game managers, which Cassel is expected to be, are not difficult to replace. Why do people act like it’s a big drop off to either Quinn or Stanzi? Sure they haven’t proven themselves but who has?

    • ArrowFan

      I agree with Jim outside of the fact that his passes wher a little high in the first game. However his decison making is good and he looks like he is in camand when on the field and he does exstend the field well. We could win with him.

  • ArrowFan

    Now that the #2 battle is over lets see if we have anything in Tanney? Also I don’t think Quinn has looked particularly horrid this preseason but there is room for improvement.

    • tm1946

      Barring injury, doubt Tanney gets in last preseason game, I never saw he in drills all that much. Crennel said the Chiefs saw something they liked in him but he was learning right now. how do you “see if we have anything” if he does next to nothing? If you like him, might consider him as the new #3 next year if he is still in football. Not sure he will even get consideration for PS, numbers and injury to DBs may rule PS when season starts.

      • ArrowFan

        Maybe he can work the Canadian system? How many shots did that Printers guy get that way?

  • Roger Mihalko

    Quinn as backup is consistent with the massive drop off we have for all the backups, they are c+ level across the board compared to the starters, as our secondary is showing. Quinn sucks, period. He should have been cut and Stanzi will be put on practice squad. They should have called McNabb two weeks ago, and we would have been set. The teams are down to 75 now shooting for the 53, there will be more QB castoffs that are way better than Quinn, we need someone that is equal or a hair below Cassel to compete. If everything gells, and Matt and every starter stays healthy we should be good.

  • tm1946

    More of a case of the kid’s game – hot potato, remember. The one that is last to get stuck with the football is the #2 QB. There is no QB controversy, after Cassel, no one want to see either of these guys on the field, Pioli did it just right.

  • Heidijoy

    I think Quinn deserved the #2 slot by his PreSeason play and Practice. He certainly did better than Stanzi and did get some touchdowns. He avoided sacks and turnovers. Far above Stanzi in performance. Hope he makes the most of his opportunity.

  • Jon Dundore

    Quinn clearly has the stronger arm out of all QB’s on the roster and he hasn’t taken a single sack playing with 2nd and 3rd string O-lines. Most of his numbers are only slightly behind Cassel’s, although Quinn’s yds/att is slightly better. Call me crazy, but I know what Cassel can do with our starting offense. I would like to see what Quinn could do. I think people write Quinn off so quickly because he wasn’t successful in Cleveland. Just look at the weapons he had with the Browns. He was fighting forest fires with water pistols.

    • ChiefsFan22

      Have you seen Tanney throw? Tanney clearly has the strongest and most accurate arm of the 4 QBs currently on the roster. It’s the rest of it they’re not sure of with him.

      • Jon Dundore

        Good call, but Tanney wont make the final roster. I think Quinn is NFL ready and has good arm strength and accuracy. I think his ceiling is much higher then Cassel’s although his floor is probably a little lower since we haven’t really seen what he can do with weapons.