How Brady Quinn can keep QB job

October, 10, 2012
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The Brady Quinn era in Kansas City is expected to start Sunday, how long will it last?

Quinn hasn’t started a game since 2009 with the Cleveland Browns. He threw three passes last week in the fourth quarter and completed them all. Those were his first passes in the regular season since 2009.

That will change if he starts Sunday at Tampa Bay. Kansas City coach Romeo Crennel didn’t officially rule out starter Matt Cassel, but he has not passed his concussion test and all signs point to Quinn starting.

Quinn, signed by the Chiefs as a free agent in March, played for both Crennel and Kansas City offensive coordinator Brian Daboll in Cleveland.

“I hope that the fact that he understands the offense and understands the system, he’ll be able to step in and be productive,” Crennel told reporters Wednesday.

I expect the Chiefs to continue to lean on the running game that has been one of the most productive in the NFL. Starter Jamaal Charles has run the ball 80 times in the past three weeks and I see that type of load continuing in Tampa Bay.

As it hurt Cassel, it will hurt Quinn that running back Peyton Hillis (ankle) and tight end Kevin Boss (out for the year with a concussion) are not playing. Those weapons are missed.

In addition to Charles, Quinn has to rely on No. 1 receiver Dwayne Bowe. He is playing well and he can be a security blanket to Quinn in his first Kansas City start. Quinn has a solid arm, so perhaps he can find Jon Baldwin deep a few times. Baldwin has had a slow start to a season in which he was expected to shine.

This is an opportunity for Quinn to keep the starting job beyond the bye if he leads the Chiefs to a win over the Buccaneers.

It won’t be easy, but it wasn’t easy with Cassel, either. This is Quinn’s shot to be a starter in the NFL again. Let’s see if he can seize it.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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