All signs pointed to the Chiefs parting ways with QB Matt Cassel at season’s end, but that became all but certain when he was yanked from the Chiefs’ loss Sunday by head coach Romeo Crennel. Cassel was 8-of-16 passing for 93 yards in seven possessions before being removed with a 21-6 deficit that ended up being a 28-6 loss.
So why did Crennel start Cassel Sunday in the first place?
“Because I wanted to start Cassel, so I started Cassel,” Crennel said. “When I felt like I needed to make a change, I made the change to Quinn. So, Quinn got into the game in the second half, and then after this I will evaluate it and I will let you know what I am going to do next week.”
Cassel was seen being screamed at on the sideline by offensive coordinator Brian Daboll in the first half. Cassel gave way to Brady Quinn, who also struggled, and it’s clear that neither man (nor third-stringer Ricky Stanzi, who almost certainly would have seen the field by now) figure into the club’s long-term plans.
Assuming Quinn does not get hurt in the final six games, you can expect Cassel to sit the remainder of the season and be released in the offseason. The question now is whether the man who brought in all three quarterbacks, GM Scott Pioli, is in the team’s plans beyond this season.