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Chiefs fans may have had enough of Matt Cassel, but even if the franchise were inclined to make a move, pickings are slim for a replacement quarterback. Here’s a look at some of the guys on the street who are available to suit up.

David Garrard

• Age: 34

• Height/weight: 6 feet 1, 239 pounds

• Last seen … Hobbling around the Dolphins’ practice facility on HBO’s “Hard Knocks” before he was released Sept. 5

• Last NFL regular-season game: Dec. 26, 2010 for Jacksonville


“At some point, as a coach, you go through and you see what’s happening in the game and how a guy is reacting and how he’s responding to what’s happening in the game,” Crennel said. “If you feel he’s inept, constantly making poor decisions, bad choices, then that’s when you move on from him and give someone else a chance.”

By that standard, Crennel had to be close to pulling Cassel in Sunday’s 37-20 loss to the Chargers at Arrowhead. Cassel threw three first-half interceptions, including one that was returned for a touchdown, as San Diego built a 27-6 halftime lead.


Since arriving in Kansas City after a monster 2008 season in New England, he is 19-24 as the starter, has completed 57 percent of his passes and is averaging about 200 yards per game.

Cassel has two good seasons to show for his seven years in the league.

His 2008 year, when he stepped in for the injured Tom Brady in New England, he threw for 3,600 yards, completing 63 percent of his passes with a 2-to-1 touchdown to interception ratio. Then in his second year, in Kansas City, he completed 58 percent of his passes for 3,100 yards and had a 4-to-1 touchdown to interception ratio.

Beyond those two years, Cassel has thrown 33 touchdowns compared to 34 interceptions.


“Obviously, I am pretty close to Joe (Flacco) before the snap, and I could hardly hear him,” Birk recalled Monday. “You just feel the vibration of the voice, that’s how loud it is. But, you know going in that’s what it’s going to be and that’s a challenge that we’ll have to overcome.”

The Chiefs are 1-3 and tied for last with the Oakland Raiders in the AFC West. They’ve won just three of their last 12 home games. In two games at Arrowhead this season, they’ve given up 77 points, prompting a column Monday in the Kansas City Star to call for the ouster of everyone from general manager Scott Pioli to head coach Romeo Crennel to quarterback Matt Cassel.


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  • ArrowFan

    I’m sure the Ravens are shaking in their boots about playing at ArrowHead.

  • Cha-iefs

    -Both in the 2008 and 2010 seasons Cassel was on a SHORT lease and “managed” by his respective coaches/Coords. His game planning was dumbed down and he knew what he was doing with the ball before he had to do it. It was- Look here,look here,check it down. If you watch his tape from 2008 he dinked and dunked the ball 90% then stretched it to Moss 10% of the time. That was controlled by McDaniels & Belichick in ’08.
    Why are the Chiefs so against the 4 yard pass? Tighten up the Def by playing underneath and when they come down,stretch them back out with the 10-25 yrd pass. A 4 yrd pass is as good as a solid run play. Build momentum and confidence for the players. Maybe those passes behind Moeaki would be out infront or Dex wouldnt of had to reach out so far and try for that pass. Wasn’t it just the week before that he did that and landed hard on his arm? Get Jamaal the ball in space. dont just swing it out to him late. Game planning/play calling.
    -Matt is a average QB and he was [PLACED] in a situation to succeed in ’08 ’10. The Chiefs need a franchise QB or a coach that will “manage” matt like Charlie Weis did in 2010. Weis was brilliant with the use of talent and his playcalling scheme for Matt. I think we all see what happens when you ask a average QB [cassel] to do more then they’re capable of.
    The point is that its very possible to win with a average QB in the NFL. Lots of teams do it. Don’t turn it over,keep ur Def in good situations,punt and make a long field for your opp. Gain positive yards on offense,sustain drives,dink & dunk. The next step for KC isn’t looking for the next head to chop off.
    The question should be, “Is it easier to find a franchise QB or find a [Charlie Weis] to manage their average QB?” Matts not Elite and Daboll is NOT Charlie. It pisses me off to think what it’d be like with Weis as HC or just O-coord and RAC as the D-coord and all this talent. I wouldnt care who was HC. Weis runs the O and RAC runs the D. it worked in 2010