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.
• 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.