He had spent the previous two years in Denver, playing sparingly behind Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow, and after listening to the advice of his former college coach, Charlie Weis, Quinn signed on to compete against starter Matt Cassel in the Chiefs’ quarterback depth chart.
The Chiefs had talent, Quinn thought, and it was easy to imagine his new team fighting for a playoff spot in the AFC West. And then, it all disintegrated. The Chiefs tanked. Cassel was hurt. Quinn struggled in a relief role. And the entire organization dealt with turmoil and tragedy surrounding the murder-suicide committed by linebacker Jovan Belcher.
After a dismal 2012 season Clark Hunt, President and CEO of Hunt Sports Group, shook up his Kanas City Chiefs by hiring longtime Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid to be the Chiefs head coach and bringing in John Dorsey, who had been Director of Football Operations for the Green Bay Packers, to be his team’s general manager.
In the video below, which was cut from an interview I did for Forbes SportsMoney on the YES Network, Hunt gets into why he believes the Packers are a good model for the Chiefs, the remodeling of Arrowhead Stadium, and why the NFL has a future in Europe and the league may eventually play a Super Bowl in London.
Put your hand down, Mr. Agent. This is a time to listen, not speak. I understand you’re very eager to represent your client, but right now I have the floor. That goes for you too, Mr. Dorsey. And will you please tell Mr. Reid to stop hovering outside the door? He can come in if he’d like. I don’t know how he thought he could sneak around out there with such a loud shirt on.
We all know why we’re here today. We’re all familiar with the situation. It’s time to get down to business. Branden wants a long term deal, and the Chiefs want to have the best roster possible. Those two desires can definitely be found if everyone listens to me and does exactly as I say.
STEELERS: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and offensive coordinator Todd Haley have the “most combustible” relationship in the league, according to NFL.com’s Adam Schein. “Fact is, separately, I like both of these cats,” Schein wrote. “Big Ben is a future Hall of Famer, one of the best quarterbacks in the game today. He has a knack for winning, plain and simple. But part of that comes from his ability to ad-lib; Roethlisberger routinely goes away from a scripted play at the first sign of trouble and scrambles to make something happen. Meanwhile, Haley is a strong play caller. I think he doomed his tenure with the Kansas City Chiefs by not calling plays in his final year at the helm.”