Once again, Brady Quinn gets starting gig

November, 21, 2012
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In March, Brady Quinn gave up a chance to be Peyton Manning's backup because he wanted the shot to start somewhere rather than remain a backup.

Sunday, Quinn will get his chance to try to beat Manning. Quinn will start for Kansas City against the visiting Broncos. It was the expected move.

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Quinn was named the Chiefs’ starting quarterback for the rest of the season in Week 8. But he suffered a concussion in his first start in three years. He missed two games and then he spelled original starter Matt Cassel at halftime Sunday in a loss to Cincinnati.

If Quinn can stay healthy, he is expected to remain the starter for the rest of the season for the 1-9 Chiefs.

Quinn signed with the Chiefs with the idea of having an opportunity to unseat Cassel after spending two years in Denver as a backup. The Broncos had interest in keeping Quinn as a backup, but he signed with the Chiefs two days before Manning agreed to terms with the Broncos.

Even though Kansas City coach Romeo Crennel waited until Wednesday to announce Quinn would be the starter, Denver coach John Fox indicated Monday that the team was expecting to see their former player.

Pulling off a major upset against the 7-3 Broncos would go a long way for Quinn’s future in Kansas City, but the Chiefs simply want Quinn to stay healthy, play within the system, and give them a chance to compete. Cassel was unable to keep the team competitive and that’s why Crennel made the switch several weeks ago.

If Quinn can stay healthy, we will likely never see Cassel play in a Kansas City uniform again. The team will surely look to part ways with him in the offseason after four years. He was brought in in 2009 to be a franchise quarterback. That clearly hasn’t happened.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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