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Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Chiefs bypass Ricky Stanzi

By Bill Williamson

I think we can forget about Ricky Stanzi being a viable starting quarterback option for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Brady Quinn, the Chiefs’ second starting quarterback this season, suffered a rib injury during a shutout loss at Oakland last Sunday. On Monday, Kansas City coach Romeo Crennel said it was possible that Stanzi could play against Indianapolis.

Yet, Wednesday, Crennel said Quinn is healthy enough to start against the Colts. Stanzi, who has never thrown an NFL pass, remains a mystery. I don’t think the Chiefs believe Stanzi is ready to play. Kansas City is 2-12 and Quinn has been mostly bad since taking over for Matt Cassel.

Perhaps the Chiefs could put Stanzi in for the season finale at Denver, but if the team is thinking about that, why not do it now? Give Stanzi, a fifth-round pick in 2011, a chance to play at home Sunday.

The Chiefs will look for a new starter next year whether it is a veteran or through the draft. We know Cassel and Quinn aren’t the answers. Why not see if Stanzi can be a quarterback of the future?

The fact that he isn’t getting a chance probably means the Chiefs feel they already know the answer.