QB Brady Quinn hasn’t started an NFL game since 2009, and he’s never played against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but both of those things could change on Sunday.
Chiefs starter Matt Cassel was knocked out of Sunday’s game against Baltimore at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday with a head injury midway through the fourth quarter. Quinn finished a field goal drive started by Cassel and had a potential go-ahead touchdown pass to Dwayne Bowe erased by offensive pass interference. The Chiefs never got the ball back again as Baltimore drained the final four minutes off the clock on their next possession. Quinn completed all three of his passes for 32 yards; Cassel had been nine of 15 for 92 yards and two interceptions.
Obviously, it may take a few days to determine if Cassel’s injury will keep him out of next Sunday’s game in Tampa. Given Cassel’s 66.2 passer rating thus far, however, Kansas City media questioned Head Coach Romeo Crennel after Sunday’s game regarding the possibility of Quinn taking over even if Cassel was cleared.
Understandably, Crennel was not ready to comment definitively on that topic, largely because he didn’t have a definitive medical prognosis on Cassel yet. Crennel did say that he was not considering lifting Cassel from the Ravens game before the quarterback’s injury. “Cassel, if he’s cleared to play, we’ll have to evaluate it and we will see,” said Crennel. “I can’t answer that knowing his situation.”
However, Adam Teicher, Chiefs beat writer for the Kansas City star, believes Cassel will not be able to play against the Buccaneers. (Watch his postgame report here.) If he’s right, Quinn would be in line for his first start since December 20, 2009, when he actually faced off against the Chiefs as a Cleveland Brown. Quinn completed 10 of 17 passes for 66 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions in that game, though the Browns won, 41-34.
Quinn notched nine of his 12 starts in that season, recording a passer rating of 67.2. Overall, he has a 3-9 record as a starter. He played the previous two seasons in Denver but did not throw a pass in that span.