Chiefs moving away from Matt Cassel

October, 22, 2012
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Matt Cassel is done as the Kansas City Chiefs' starting quarterback.

It is over, folks.

Kansas City coach Romeo Crennel announced Monday that Brady Quinn will start over a healthy Cassel Sunday at home against Oakland. Crennel also told reporters that Quinn will keep the job for the foreseeable future. He said he didn’t want Quinn looking over his shoulder.

Cassel no longer has to do that exercise. He knows his fate. His tenure as the Chiefs’ quarterback is in the books. Oh, sure, he may play here and there the rest of the season if Quinn gets banged up. But if Quinn fails, I’d think the Chiefs would look at No. 3 quarterback Ricky Stanzi to finish the season. Cassel will likely be cut after the season and becomes another team’s backup next year.

There’s no way the Chiefs can go back to Cassel now. The fans demanded he be gone and there have been whispers the locker room wanted a change as well.

In the end, Cassel was a failure in Kansas City. General manager Scott Pioli traded for Cassel soon after he took over the Chiefs in 2009. A successful injury replacement for Tom Brady in New England, Cassel had his ups and downs in Kansas City. He was solid in 2010 as he led the team to a division title and he made the Pro Bowl.

But he regressed last season and he has been awful this season.

Of course, Quinn is just a stop-gap option unless the former first-round draft pick suddenly finds his NFL mojo. When he started for an injured Cassel in Week 6, it was his first start in three years. Monday’s move was more about the team having no faith in Cassel than having an abundance of faith that Quinn is the answer.

The truth is, the 1-5 Chiefs will likely try to draft Matt Barkley or Geno Smith next year and hit the refresh button.

The Chiefs thought Cassel would be the franchise quarterback, but Monday they admitted that dream is over.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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