“Probably the most impactful move I could make to get everybody’s attention was to change the quarterback,” Crennel said Monday.
“I’m not saying Matt Cassel is the reason we are where we are. The stroke of that brush is a broad stroke and everybody is included in it. We’re trying to make this better, get this better. We need to coach better, we need to play better. If we do those things, then we can be better.
“My biggest deal was my gut (feeling) in telling me that I needed to impact the team by changing the dynamic, by having a different dynamic. Brady Quinn is the guy I want to go with.”
“Am I going to say I’m happy about the situation? Absolutely not. I’m frustrated,” Cassel said after practice. “But at the same time, I’m a team captain on this team. I care about this team and again, as we move forward, I’m a big boy. I’m not going to hang my head. I’m going to do what I’ve always done, which is work hard — work tremendously hard.”
Quinn started for the first time since 2009 in a loss at Tampa Bay two weeks ago, when Cassel was still feeling the effects of a concussion sustained the previous week against Baltimore.
Crennel said at the time he wasn’t planning to make a permanent move, but he reconsidered after spending the bye week evaluating both quarterbacks, and coming to the realization that Kansas City desperately needed a spark following a 1-5 start.
QUINN: “I think the one thing is, again, we just have to find a way to not have any turnovers. I think that’s been killing us, especially where it’s been happening. A lot of times it’s happening in the red zone and we’re not coming away with any points, so that’s a big key for us. The thing is for us to just continue a sustained drive, whether it’s making a play here or there. Having a bye week, sitting back watching these games this weekend I noticed guys are making plays. It’s not exactly how they draw it up, and guys are making plays. We have to put in our selfless players to be able to make the most of opportunities when we’re given them.”
CRENNEL: “Not really because when you think about changing the dynamic like I mentioned, what position can change the dynamic the most? And that’s the quarterback position. I decided that was the move I wanted to make to try to change the team and impact the team because this first part that we’ve been through, we’ve been playing hard, but we’ve been shooting ourselves in the foot. Like I say, we’ve been spinning the wheels, so we need to do something to try to change that to try to keep the wheels from spinning to try to get on some solid ground so we can get some traction to be able to do something with this team.”