Chiefs Cassel Out Against Bucs; Brady Quinn to Start
After suffering from a concussion in his week five match-up against the Baltimore Ravens, Matt Cassel has been officially ruled out by the Kansas City Chiefs.
Cassel has yet to be cleared by doctors to resume practice after taking a shot in the fourth quarter of a 9-6 loss to the Ravens.
Brady Quinn took his first regular season snaps of 2012, and his first since 2009 when he started for the Cleveland Browns in a 41-34 win over the Chiefs in Week 15.
Quinn endured very little success during his time with Cleveland, spending much time getting sacked, and struggling to complete passes past 15 yards. His arm strength has always been in question, and his decision making was also quite poor, but with three more seasons of practice under his belt, this could be his time to shine.
The good news for Quinn is that he already has a much better supporting cast with Jamaal Charles leading the way at running back. His starting receivers will be Dwayne Bowe, Steve Breaston, Dexter McCluster and Jonathan Baldwin, all who are severe upgrades over Mohamed Massaquoi, Evan Moore/Robert Royal, Chansi Stucky and Mike Furrey.
Quinn’s job should be very simple in this game: hand the ball off to Jamaal Charles. Despite the Buccaneers defense ranking sixth against the run according to Football Outsiders, Charles should still have no problem producing this week.
Even against Baltimore in week five he rushed for 140 yards on 31 carries.
Tampa Bay’s secondary is also quite poor, perhaps giving Quinn even the biggest advantage. When he drops back, his #1 option should always be where Dwayne Bowe is running, and getting the ball to the talented Bowe will help ensure that the secondary respects the pass, allowing Charles to put up big numbers.
I don’t see Quinn having a 300 yard game or anything close. As a matter of fact, I’m not even sure if he will throw more than 30 passes in this game. For fantasy purposes, he is still likely a better start than guys like Mark Sanchez and Russell Wilson however, especially with the Buccaneers ability to give up big plays in the passing game.
Regardless, this game is huge for Brady Quinn to try and revive a career that seemingly ended in 2009 after struggling in Cleveland and being benched for Derek Anderson at one point.
With Matt Cassel playing as poorly as he has even before the concussion, Quinn has an opportunity to take over and make this Chiefs offense his. This is a make or break game for Quinn, and I believe he will play well enough for the Chiefs to win with ease.