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Monday, December 17, 2012
Is Ricky Stanzi's time coming?

By Bill Williamson

There could be a Ricky Stanzi sighting before the Kansas City Chiefs end this miserable season.

Why not?

Kansas City is in full quarterback-search mode. It might as well take a look at the 2011 fifth-round pick while it can. The odds are Stanzi won’t change the Chiefs’ plans of either acquiring a veteran or drafting a rookie to start next season. If the 2-12 Chiefs, who are on pace for the No. 1 pick in the 2013 draft, really thought Stanzi could be the franchise's future quarterback, he would likely be playing already.

Matt Cassel flamed out. His replacement, Brady Quinn, had one good game and now he's dealing with a rib injury. So, Stanzi may get his turn if Quinn is not healthy.

Monday, Kansas City coach Romeo Crennel said this when asked about the possibility of Stanzi getting some game action in the final two games (at home against Indianapolis on Sunday and then at Denver): “There’s a possibility ... we’ll see what Brady looks like and then we’ll make some decisions and go from there.”

I say put Stanzi in. Can it get much worse?

Meanwhile, Crennel seemed to express frustration with the lack of regress being made by 2011 first-round pick Jon Baldwin. The second-year wide receiver had no chances against Oakland on Sunday, and he hasn’t taken his game to the next level.

“I hope to see him be able to separate when it’s needed, be able to execute the gameplan the way we need it executed,” Crennel said of Baldwin. “If he can do that, then I think we’ll see more production.”

Because of his draft status, Baldwin will be given time to develop, but it seems clear the Chiefs expected more up to this point.