Just one day after Kansas City Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel took the podium and threw his support behind embattled QB Matt Cassel, a Yahoo! Sports report claims Cassel is “losing confidence” from the organization.
This today from Jason Cole:
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel at least has one supporter left in coach Romeo Crennel. Beyond that, the fourth-year starter for the Chiefs is losing confidence from players and many others in the organization. In fact, if the team had a better alternative than Brady Quinn as the top backup, Cassel might have already found his way to the bench.
“Look, there’s a big reason why they went after Peyton Manning as hard as they did this offseason,” said a source with knowledge of Chiefs president Scott Pioli’s thinking. “What you’re seeing from Cassel is pretty much what was expected. He’s a really nice backup, not a starter.”
This really shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. If the organization wasn’t losing confidence in Cassel then something would be seriously wrong.
The most bothersome thing about this report is that it mentions players. Cassel is supposed to be the leader of the team and if his own teammates don’t believe in him that could cause even more problems.
Still, the Chiefs are low on options at this point. Brady Quinn isn’t likely to be much better than Cassel and Ricky Stanzi looked awful during the preseason. Short of making some kind of crazy trade, the Chiefs are going to have to wait out the season before they can nab a realistic replacement.
If Cassel and the Chiefs continue their miserable play, however, the Chiefs will be forced to go to Quinn if not to just prove they are trying. My guess is that Cassel will start against Baltimore and will get creamed. He may even begin the game against the Bucs. Depending on how bad he plays, we could see Crennel put Quinn in during one of those two games.
Unfortunately, I don’t think the results will change.