September 30, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel (7) is hit by San Diego Chargers strong safety Atari Bigby (26) while throwing in the first quarter at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-US PRESSWIRE

Crennel Throws Support Behind Cassel


Matt Cassel is not the only Kansas City Chiefs player not performing well this season.

But he’s the most important.

After another poor performance and another blowout loss, Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel took the podium and before the reporters even got to ask him any questions, threw his support behind QB Matt Cassel.

I know there’s going to be some questions about the QB. I’m staying with the QB, and I stayed with him during the course of the game. And we’re going to stay with him going forward. For the moment. So that’s what we’re going to do.

This isn’t likely to be a decision that will sit well with Chiefs fans. Cassel finished the game 24 of 42 for 251 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. His QB rating was 60.7.

Cassel now has five TDs and seven interceptions on the season.

Look, nobody expected Crennel to go out before the media and throw his QB under the bus. Crennel is way too smart to do something like that. Still, Crennel didn’t need to say anything at all. He could have easily said that all the players would be evaluated and if the coaching staff thought they needed to make a change, they’d do so.

The reason he didn’t say that, however, is likely because the team will indeed stick with Cassel. Unfortunately for Chiefs fans, there just aren’t any other legit options on the roster. Ricky Stanzi is clearly not ready to play in the NFL and when given the opportunity, Quinn has played just as bad if not worse than Matt Cassel.

Sticking with Cassel might be the best move right now but if he continues his poor play, Crennel has to put Quinn in if not for any other reason than trying to prove he is trying to spark the team.

The Chiefs are now 1-3 and are one of the biggest disappointments in the NFL. With the Baltimore Ravens coming to town next week, things are likely to get worse for the Chiefs before they get better.

As for Cassel, it is pretty clear that 2012 will be his last as a starting QB in Kansas City, whether Crennel wants to admit it or not.

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  • Scott Zupek

    Don’t be fooled. Even if Crennel wanted to, Scott Pioli won’t allow it and Crennel doesn’t want to get fired. Scott Pioli is the problem. The KC Chiefs have more lost games, BECAUSE of MATT CASSEL, than any other reason. It’s not hard to see, but it’s impossible to prove. Find me a game where he sucked and we still won. Better yet, find me 10.

    Scott Pioli needs to step down and Clark needs to sell his soul to resurrect his father. If I were Lamar Hunt I would be so disappointed in my sons lack responsbility that I would disown him, even in the after life.

    FIRE PIOLI NOW NOW NOW. He is our problem. not Crennel. Crennel isn’t stupid, he would swap out Matt Cassel ages ago. What team has a worse QB? Don’t quote me stats either because most of any positive stats (or not horrible stats) are against 2nd rate defenses.

    • PGA GM

      pull your head out. Pioli is not the problem the team is better than before he came. Do we need a new QB is so chill.

      • adrian

        pioli is the problem… he fired herm edwards who i know sucked but because he was rebuilding a team and whole organization… pioli came in with his patriot way bull fired herm brought in “the man for the job” or “his guy” to send a message that there was a new sheriff in town… fast foward to today we are 2 head coaches back… herm and haley… chan gailey charlie weis were here as offensive coordinator gailey got fired weis left and guess what they are head coaches now… the players you cheer for are not from pioli… charles. flowers. bowe. branden albert. brandon carr. tamba. d.johnson. those are all from herm or vermeil… uuuhhhhhhhh… and pioli brought cassel because like i said the “patriot way” which clark hunt should of never let be said out loud or in whispers… he shouldve told pioli we are not the patriots we are the chiefs the reason there is a patriots.chargers.raiders broncos bills jets among other teams in the afl if it wasnt for the chiefs and lamar hunt there would be no patriot way… the problem is we got stuck in the middle of rebuilding a team and we are still stuck there… we should already be built which on paper we are but on the field. well you’ve seen

      • Bruce S

        Pioli is not the problem? Seattle got a QB in the draft, Miami got a QB in the draft. Do we have a QB? No. How about that Poe pick? How’d he play on Sunday.

  • nick

    time to let matt go,we need to change things up

  • Krans

    Matt didn’t play well today, but two of those picks shouldn’t have happened, stupid dropped passes that went into the defenders hands. Between Quinn and Cassell I still think Matt is our best bet, but it’s clear QB should be a consideration for a future.

    But look we need depth at CB, S, OL, and WR. We have a lot of needs, this team can be good but it’s going to be a struggle.

    • tm1946

      4 years of pioli management and you figure we need cb, s, ol, and wr? really?

      • PGA GM

        Ok TM we know u hate Pioli so I’m sure you have years of NFL experience as a scout. This team is better except for QB…but u act like there was multiple options to fill that spot.

        • Jim Harper

          Exactly!

          • http://www.facebook.com/ivan.j.colon.3 Ivan J Colon

            There was 5a rookie qbs are al ready playing better than Cassel not to mention holes at de and belcher and linebacker depth worth a damn. Pioli had all kinds of opportunity to change the qb yes the roster is better but he is really handcuffing the team with those holes especially cassel

          • Chiefswatch

            Exactly what? You also want to state there were no options??? That is moronic. I know one option and he rides the bench in Dallas.

          • adrian

            chiefs watch… maybe they dont look at other qbs because our fans think there arent any other options besides cassel… look at matt flynn in Seattle he was a high priced free agent and guess what hes riding the bench for a 5th round draft pick named russell wilson… vince young is still out there i would take him over cassel… but i dont dislike cassel he needs more time but he has to get the ball out… the chargers were man handling the chiefs o-line… but o well we cant do anything we are just fans

          • Chiefswatch

            Funny how it is so obvious to fans that we needed a change. I have been spouting the same Cassel is shit message for years now. Us fans would have signed Kyle Orton, us fans would have drafted Russel Wilson or Brock Osweiller, Nick Foles, ANYONE. But this organization is somehow smarter than us fans. This Chiefs team somehow knew better and stuck with the NFL shit stain that is Matt Cassel.

          • Danny W

            LOL NFL shit stain. Still laughing at that one.

        • Chiefswatch

          If you have not seen the options you dont pay attention. That is not Tm’s fault.

        • adrian

          the roster is better but not because of pioli… he hasnt had a good draft since he got here… besides berry and baldwin(who was haleys pick because haley is a receivers coach) he has missed on all draft picks…

          • adrian

            and there was options we let orton walk to the cowboys… they dont need a qb they got romo…

          • Danny W

            Houston will do okay too. But still yet Pioli’s drafts haven’t been stellar. His free agent pick ups have been cheap, and his quarterback competition is just laughable. Dude has to go soon.

    • Danny W

      Depth at WR? That must be a typo. Two years ago yes we needed WR depth but not now.

      • Krans

        We’re average at Wide Receiver, and we’re horrible if we lose Bowe. Technically yes we have “bodies” but Wyllie is too young to judge, Baldwin barely gets on the field except for a bomb or two, McCluster is a serviceability slot but nothing to write home about, Breaston is average and on the decline of his career.

        So yes we do need WRs, or dear god resign Dwayne Bowe at least.

  • Chiefs Fan

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  • BigGil

    To be expected. No blatantly greater option exists right now. Why shatter your already shaken QB’s confidence even further?

    • adrian

      confidence comes from yourself and what you believe you can do not because somebody shattered your confidence

      • BigGil

        Confidence comes from surety in ability or knowledge. If someone convincingly casts doubt on that surety, it cripples confidence. Further indications that others can have effects on one’s own confidence: the existence of con(fidence) tricks.

        • Danny W

          You can be the most confident guy in the world and throw three picks a game and fumble a couple of other times and it doesn’t mean didli dick in the end. You’re just an over confident loser. Who gives two rats of an ass about Cassel’s confidence. He can’t play the game at a high enough level. Fuck his emotional stability he sucks period.We aren’t going to win with him so lets see if Quinn can do anything remotely better. Does this seem harsh? I’m sure it does, but the guy makes 10 figures, so he has a more charmed life than 95 percent of the earths population for playing a kids game. I think he will be okay if he gets benched. Maybe he can ponder on what to do with that 63 million dollar deal he got done for doing nothing really.

  • Jim Harper

    I think Romeo is setting the stage. You will notice he said “for the moment”. They have to give Quinn a chance. He can’t do any worse! When Cassel overthrew a wide open Bowe for an easy TD. Even though 2 of his 3 interceptions were tipped the balls were uncatchable that both Moeaki and McCluster tried to make a play on. Jamaal can’t do it all even though he tries. The only way this team has any chance of making the playoffs is if Cassel is benched, and even then it is a long shot. Just imagine if we had done what the Redskins did how different this team would be already. One thing is certain IMO we must draft a franchise QB in the next draft.

  • Chiefswatch

    No matter what we are doomed at QB for the rest of the year. Cassel, Quinn, Stanzi, no one is better than the other. Dont expect that Baltimore game to be sold out. Even were I a season ticket holder I would not show up to see cassel.

    • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

      Yeah none of the QBs on the roster are going to get the job done this season.

  • KCinTX

    What type QB would you want the chiefs to draft?
    A) Gunslinger – Brett Farve, Dan Marineo, John Elway.
    B) Scrambler – Michael Vick, Fran Tarkenton, Randall Cunningham
    C) Pocket Passer – Tom Brady, Joe Montana, Drew Brees
    All have distinct advantages and dis advantages. I have to go for the Gunslinger. Give me Patton over McArthur any day of the week.

    • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

      I’d say pocket passer but if gunslinger is available I am down with that. Just as long as they are good. I don’t want a running QB. too risky.

    • BigGil

      Though I’d want a QB who knows when to scramble and is athletic/fast enough to do so (say, can convert a crucial 3rd and long on the ground if no one’s open through the air), I’d prefer him to have a cannon first, and see what our receivers can do stretching the field, especially if Wylie can develop and become a burner.

    • Danny W

      Why not AB and C with Geno Smith?

  • PGA GM

    We all forget when Pioli came to town our franchise QB was Brodie…other than Mat Ryan please provide who we should have taken Sanchez? Be real QB is hardest to draft and if you don’t get it right how far can you set yourself back Blackledge anyone? This is Cassels last year so let’s get behind him as he’s the only option we have.

    • Chiefswatch

      Cassel is crap and has been since week 17 of 2010. Get behind him? LOL. Shit we could have had Orton at least. Christian Ponder? Ryan Mallet? Russel Wilson? Jake Locker? Trade the farm for RG3? Crazy how I am the only person in the world that KNEW that our 10-6 season was a complete sham. Cassel’s 27-10 was bullshit dink and dunk against the easiest teams in the league. The list of suitable replacements is staggering because right now everyone in the NFL (including all second and first year starters) looks better than Cassel.

      • adrian

        man. how did we not get ryan mallet or brock osweiler… i dont understand how teams with real franchise qbs still go after elite talent at qb like the broncos did with osweiler… i wanted the chiefs to take him because dude gots a canon. im telling you a canon for an arm and guess what we will have the chance to watch that canon 2 times a year once peyton is gone and that has me a little scared not peyton… osweiler is going to be a beast… mark my words…

      • Danny W

        YOu weren’t the only one pulling the bull shit flag in 2010, those were check downs and screens. We got annihilated against teams who could stop the run. I didn’t like Cassel week three the year he got here. I’ve been a hater until now and all of the sudden people are seeing it now and it’s a day late and a dollar short. Cassel has sucked since he got here.

      • Bizoza

        I’m 100% sure Russel Wilson was on your radar before he went to the Seahawks. No QB on that list is surefire as an elite QB and thats what you are clamoring for. You can’t stand average, mediocre or even decent. Living in the Northwest, all I heard for years was about how Matt Hasselbeck was a horrible QB and the seahawks needed to get rid of him, but he was average. Locker hasn’t proven to be any better than Hasselbeck. Mallet is problematic, and hasn’t proven jack. Ponder is the only one we had a shot at that actually has had flashes of being decent, but again, decent isn’t good enough, the only thing that will satisfy haters around here is elite. I can’t imagine what kind of tree elite quarterbacks grow on, but it must be magical and amazing. Cassel does look like garbage right now. The entire team looks like garbage though, and its a matter of getting it together. We need to be prepared to draft a few QBs and allow them to develop, but I don’t know if anyone around here can handle that. Matt Ryan is finally coming into his own, and if we drafted someone he would have definately been run out of town if he took this long.

        • Chiefswatch

          I am not clamoring for an elite talent, just stating that we have had plenty of opportunity to find a suitable challenger to Matt Cassel. I have ever known he is crap and any of the above names would have been able to come in and at least give us hope. Now we have to start over completely instead of seeing what someone else could have done.

    • Danny W

      Could have had Micheal Vick, Brandon Weeden, Nick Foles, and Andy Dalton. Forget getting behind an inept quarterback those days of cheering for the sake of cheering were left behind in high school, it’s time for change and the sooner the better.

      • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

        I liked Weeden a lot. I have been watching him as much as possible. He really seems to be coming along. Was horrible in Week 1 and has settled down. He nearly led the browns to a win over the Ravens on the road Thursday. He seems to have good pocket awareness and does a good job of stepping up. Has a good arm and accuracy. Right now it just looks like he needs reps.

    • Bizoza

      We talk about how Blackledge set us back, but we need to be prepared for a crappy QB pick in a high draft slot, it happens. It seems to happen quite a bit, but that doesn’t mean we give up on drafting a QB. I am generally a Cassel supporter, and I think the idea of benching him is a fantastic idea at this point. Its not even kneejerk. The idea would be to hopefully give him not only some motivation, but a different point of view so that he could see what another QB is doing with the team in actual game time situations. I don’t honestly think Quinn is going to come out and wow us (though anything is possible) but it will also give him a chance to show us his game time ability.

  • Chiefswatch

    Well I am sure of this: Pioli, Crennel and Cassel are all on their way out. Six games left and I guarantee they will be close to the lowest attended in a long time. There is no reason left for fans to attend. Last year was tricky with the firing of Crazy Haley, the intro of Orton, the excuses because of injury. This year however there will be nothing. So what Crennel comes out and says Quinn is starting, that going to make you buy tickets? Not a chance. Hunt will have to fire those three at the end of the year to renew hope amongst the ticket holders. Get ready for a rebuild gents. Say hello to the new Cleveland Browns!

    • Bruce S

      Well said. Just wish we could fire Hunt. Blithering idiot that only cares about the bottom line.

  • BurtGummer44

    Maybe we can trade Cassel to Buffalo for Thigpen.

    • Danny W

      You are joking right?

      • BurtGummer44

        No

  • http://twitter.com/KCOracle KC Oracle

    Cassel obviously is a big problem, but I have some understanding of how Pioli got the team in this problem. Trading for Cassel was a reasonable move and then he had a good second year. So, it was reasonable for Pioli to stay with Cassel at that point and now he is stuck with him in year four. Year two was a fluke, and it may cost Pioli his job.

    • Chiefswatch

      he should have signed his crappy ass to a one year deal. We could have easily moved on after a two win season.

      • Danny W

        He went all in with Cassel over one season on a loaded roster. He has stubbornly stuck by it this choice to a fail. Pride can be a good thing but it can also cost you just about everything in life.

    • Bruce S

      We can only hope. That Poe pick should cost him his job.

  • jessemiller

    Makes me sad to see fans writing this season off already the chiefs are very talented. yeah. very. cassel has made a few bad decisions but those who watch the game should see, only a couple have reeealy been.his fault. its not his fault some guys dropped the ball. yes i know thats not veey good but its something that is a) bad luck and b) can be fixed. they have the #1 offense for crying out loud! theyve turned it over in the redzone! yes the d can step up and they have done so, though less than they should but theyre only 16 in defense! thats middle! I can live with that if they have the best offense. get boss back and hillis and we are golden. the problem isnt coaching or cassel. its turnovers. and its been a team efforrt in that department. i agree we need a qb but its not all his fault. So to sum it up, we are putting up numbers, just hold onto the ball.

    • Bruce S

      We’ve seen the script before that why this season is being written off. The only thing Hunt cares about is the bottom line. Crennel was hired because he was cheap. Chiefs have loads of cap room. Pioli is an idiot. Poe? Really? Lets reach to take a guy with a poor work ethic and who wasn’t even very good in college.

    • Danny W

      I just can’t believe people like you man. Are you trying to play devils advocate here?
      It’s not the coaches fault or Cassel’s fault? So when Matt Cassel makes a shitty decision and hits a defender right in the numbers he isn’t to blame? When the defense gets blown up in 6 games of 7 when you count the preseason you can’t blame the coaches for not having them prepared?
      You want to come on this website and actually try and defend a performance like the one Cassel had to today? Only a couple have been his fault? That is so inaccurate it’s unreal. Thats like saying well my kid killed the neighbor and then raped a dog but it wasn’t his fault only some of it was. Take away the garbage points we accumulated game one and game two dude when they went into prevent. How long have you been a fan? Are you fifteen or younger? I hope and pray you’re not an adult because this kind of naivety is scary. The numbers you’re talking about were in the prevent when we were down by 30 in a buffalo game and against a 32 of 32 ranked defense dude. With all due respect my friend this post has so many holes in it you could sift flower through it.

  • jimfromkc

    I supported taking Weeden in the draft even if we had to pick him in the first round. He went to the Browns instead. Well as of now he is 0 and 4, but the Browns have been beaten by 4 teams who are leading their divisions or are tied for the lead. Their combined record is 11 and 5 and the Browns have lost to these 4 teams by a total of 25 points. Not too bad for a rookie QB who has about the worst set of receivers in the NFL. He has steadily improved his game and I look for the Browns to be in the hunt for a division crown next year in what might be the strongest division in the AFC. Now what are we going to get in next years draft? I contend that there isn’t anyone approaching Weeden’s combination of size arm strength and accuracy in that draft. So to get a QB in next year’s draft isn’t likely to help this group of skill players to get to a super bowl. They in all likelyhood be on the down side of their careers before that QB is ever ready to play at a super bowl level. Thank you Pioli for screwing the pooch. Go back to Boston and hump Bill’s leg.

    • Danny W

      I have to respectively disagree here sir. I think Tyler Wilson, Matt Barkley, and Geno Smith, will be better than Brandon Weeden who is 29 and have more upside than him too. Geno Smith is unreal right now and all of this young men have just as good as a deep ball as anyone.

    • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

      I was hoping Weeden would slip to us in rd. 2 but I suggested the Chiefs might be wise to trade back in and nab him.

      He seems to be improving nicely but man alive the Browns receivers are HORRIBLE. I have never seen so many dropped balls as I did during that TNF game.

  • Scott Zupek

    Quinn has assets that Cassel obviously (after 4 years) lacks. Quinn can check receivers, has a better field of view, doesn’t give away the receiver (he stares at who is going to throw it at), doesn’t hold onto the ball for 3 seconds too long ALL the time.

    Cassel has already proven he doesn’t have what it takes. This doesn’t mean he’s not trying, but he just doesn’t have it. THat has been shown, clearly over the last 4 years and the ONLY thing that makes him look “well me MIGHT have a chance” is a 2010, a year where the Browns could’ve made the superbowl probably(if that he had that schedule).

    Crennel saying “I kept Charles in” to prove that when players are down you don’t take them out, is a COMPLETELY broken way of looking at things. Charles hasn’t sucked balls for 4 years. Charles hasn’t been the one that makes coaches, fans and players holder their breath and squint there eyes everytime he’s put in a tough spot. Charles is great, that has been proven. Cassel is not a starting QB, that has been proven. Now stop lying to the fans and bench him. See if Quinn has what it takes. How, as a player, could I possibly get behind someone on offense, that has shown you are at more risk then rewards when he is playing. That is how there are blow outs. Leading only gets you so far, skill gets you the rest of the way.

    Don’t be fooled for a second. The players know how Scott Pioli is so they all have to tow the company line, regardless if they believe it or not. FIRE PIOLI THIS WEEK. not 4 weeks, not at the end of year, THIS WEEK. Let the next person start rebuildilng it their way now. It will make a difference on the coaching staff, the players and the execution on the field.