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Romeo Crennel was vague when presented with the hypothetical of QB Brady Quinn’s absence, allowing for the possibility that Ricky Stanzi could be in line to make his NFL regular-season debut against the Colts.
No matter who starts for the Chiefs, it's a not a fantasy option.
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The Chiefs have Cassel, Brady Quinn and Ricky Stanzi at quarterback, making it one of the thinnest positions on their roster. Cassel missed the last half of last season because of a broken hand and is still trying to establish himself as a dependable NFL starter. Quinn is a former first-round pick, but the Broncos thought so little of him that he didn’t play in a game in his two seasons in Denver. Stanzi was a fifth-round draft pick last year and didn’t play as a rookie.
Because their roster is so complete, the Chiefs believe they have built a team that can reasonably compete for the AFC West championship for the foreseeable future. If that vision comes true, they won’t be in position again to draft a franchise-type quarterback for years.
All of that makes for a perfect storm when it comes to drafting a quarterback, and the Chiefs appear to be at least examining the possibility. They met with Tannehill at the combine and he said he had a private workout for them last week.
“He has everything you look for,” ESPN analyst Todd McShay said recently. “He belongs in the top 10 and has a chance to be an elite quarterback in the NFL.
The Chiefs haven’t seemed sold on Cassel during the offseason. At the least, they’re giving off mixed signals.
“That consistency … I think that’s the biggest thing with Matt,” Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel said. “I think he’s excited about this year, about having Brian Daboll as our offensive coordinator, because he knows Brian and he knows the system Brian brings, and I’ve talked to Matt several times in the offseason and … he’s ready to go to work. He can’t wait for April 16th (start of the Chiefs’ offseason program) to get here so he can start getting into the playbook.
“If he can develop that consistency like we had part of the time in 2010, where we weren’t turning the ball over — we were moving the ball offensively and we were scoring some points — if we can get back to that, that’s what I’m looking for from him.”
The Chiefs started the offseason by saying they intended to find competition for Cassel, then watched as their best possibility for that, Kyle Orton, left as a free-agent for Dallas, where he will back up Tony Romo.
They settled instead for Quinn, but there’s still room for another quarterback, particularly one with Tannehill’s potential.
Kyle Orton was something less than definitive about his future with the Chiefs after their season ended with Sunday’s 7-3 win over the Broncos. But he sounded like a guy who has played his last game with the Chiefs.
“I thank the Chiefs for giving me an opportunity to get a fresh start. I really enjoyed playing with those guys in the locker room. I think they’ve got a solid group of character guys. I appreciate them letting me come in and be a part of the team and finish this season on a strong note.” Orton will be a free agent in March if he doesn’t re-sign with the Chiefs. Cassel and rookie Ricky Stanzi, who didn’t play a down this season, are also under contract.
“I don’t know,” Orton said when asked whether he thought he would return next season. “I’m going to step away. I know they’ve got a great quarterback in Matt Cassel. Matt’s a good friend, he’s a great teammate, and he’s a great quarterback. As I look at it, it’s his team. We’ll see what happens.”
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Kansas City Star beat writer Kent Babb said:
Kyle Orton should be the starter next week at Chicago, barring a setback. Tyler Palko has proved that he cannot be counted on to protect the ball or make smart throws, and he’ll likely return to being the backup. Ricky Stanzi will likely resume his place as the third quarterback.
Saturday, November 26, 2011, 12:40pm
Quarterback Kyle Orton, awarded to the Kansas City Chiefs this week after a waiver claim, joined his new team for Friday evening’s practice, but he might have joined the Chiefs too late to be active Sunday night against Pittsburgh.
Chiefs head coach Todd Haley said Friday that Orton, whom Denver released earlier this week, might be the Chiefs’ third quarterback Sunday, behind starter Tyler Palko and rookie Ricky Stanzi. Other than this past Monday, when the Chiefs went with two quarterbacks, the team has kept the third quarterback inactive for each of its games.
"I wouldn’t rule out anything at this point, other than Tyler starting the game," Haley said. "We’ll just have to see."
Haley said much of Orton’s participation would be determined by how quickly the Chiefs can familiarize him with the team’s offense and its way of going about its business.
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