“I think you put on the blinders and you try to forge ahead,” Crennel said Monday. “There is nothing that we can do about what’s said other than win a ball game. If we win a ball game, then some of those comments probably get tempered a little bit. Then if we win another one, they get tempered a little more.”
The Chiefs will practice through Wednesday before taking four days off to clear from their heads one of the worst starts in the 52-year history of the franchise.
“We need to correct some things that have hurt us in the past, so we can move forward,” said defensive back Abe Elam. “We’re not satisfied but it’s still a long season. We’re ready to get back to work. We watched the film this morning. Starting tomorrow, we’ll try to improve on those things.”
Crennel wouldn’t say who will start if Cassel is cleared to practice and then play Oct. 28 against visiting Oakland. Cassel has not been cleared yet.
“When Matt is cleared to practice football, then we’ll evaluate it and then we’ll make the decision at that time,” Crennel said.
My guess is Cassel will start when he is healthy, because Quinn didn’t do enough to make the Chiefs think he can save their season. If Cassel goes back behind center, his leash will be short, but so would Quinn’s. Crenel said the post-bye key for his team is to create offensive balance. Translation: Whoever the quarterback is, he must perform better than what the Chiefs have gotten thus far.
DANNY PARKINS (610 SPORTS RADIO): You’ve said after two games now that you’re not sure why the team played as bad as they did. Why should fans believe that you’ll be able to fix why the team is playing so poorly?
CRENNEL: “You know, I was referring to that first quarter where it’s important in the game to get off to a good start, particularly when you’re on the road and we had like five penalties, I believe, in that first quarter and that was disappointing to me because I expect better, I expect more from the players. For them to make those choices that hurt us in field position, I just didn’t like it. And what I know about this business is you have to keep working with your guys, keep harping with your guys, keep trying to knock it into their head what you want them to do and eventually they get it. They don’t always get it right away, but eventually they get it and I’m hoping that we will get it soon.”