Cassel not yet clear to play; Quinn could start vs. Bucs
Kansas City Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel said Wednesday that QB Matt Cassel, who suffered a concussion Sunday against the Ravens, has not been cleared yet to play this week against the Bucs.
Crennel said Cassel is still undergoing the standard tests for concussions, and though he's not officially ruled out, they're preparing as if backup QB Brady Quinn will start.
For Quinn, a former first-round pick out of Notre Dame, it would be his first start since 2009 with the Browns.
"He hasn't started a game in a while, but he's played in the league, he understands what it takes to run an offense and run a team," Crennel said in a conference call with Tampa Bay media. "And I think he's been preparing his whole time in the league and many times, as he always says, he's always been one play away. And so if it's determined taht he gets the next play as he did on Sunday... I think he's going to operate the offense efficiently."
Cassel had been struggling as the Chiefs fell to 1-4, with nine interceptions and five fumbles, good for a 66.2 quarterback rating. When Cassel went down Sunday, some of the Chiefs home fans cheered, drawing the ire of T Eric Winston, who called the fans reaction "sickening."
"No one wants to see anyone get hurt," Crennel said. "I think historically, you look back, you'll see the Kansas City Chiefs fans are very supportive and are great fans. And Eric reacted to a situation that occured where a minority of fans did something, and he was speaking to the minority and not to the majority. I think the majority of the Chiefs fans are very supportive of the Chiefs."
Regardless of who lines up under center, the Chiefs workhorse RB Jamaal Charles is a huge part of their offense, and will continue to be. The Chiefs are third in the league in rushing attempts, second in yards per carry (5.2) and second in rushing yards (904).
"He wants the ball in his hand, and he wants to be able to try to help his team win," Crennel said. "And I think that he's doing that. He's giving us a chance."
-- JOE SMITH