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Monday, October 15, 2012
Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel mum on QB

By Bill Williamson

The Kansas City Chiefs are beginning their bye week, but that doesn’t stop talk about the most pressing issue for the 1-5 team. Who is the quarterback?

Coach Romeo Crennel isn’t saying. Matt Cassel missed Sunday’s 38-10 loss at Tampa Bay with a concussion. Brady Quinn started his first game since 2009 and he didn’t fare much better than Cassel did.

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.

In other AFC West news:

The agent for tight end Mickey Shuler tweeted that the player has signed with Oakland. He played with the Vikings and Dolphins. The Raiders have not announced the deal.

Oakland guard Mike Brisiel suffered a concussion in Atlanta. He will need to pass a battery of tests before being cleared to practice.