“The Chiefs today [Thursday] released former starting quarterback Matt Cassel.”
Adam Teicher, Kansas City Star
GH: Another one bites the dust…another failed Chiefs’ quarterback experiment. This one was a costly mistake – in both salary cap and fan morale. Scott Pioli’s decision to sign Matt Cassel was compounded into a franchise-killing error when Pioli refused to acquire any real competition for Cassel in Kansas City. Both Pioli and Cassel are now far richer for their time here as Clark Hunt’s employees but now also gone.
“This in my estimation is a ridiculously risky roll of the dice. … This is typical Kansas City. If there was any winner here, it was the 49ers.”
Kevin Kietzman, on the Chiefs’ apparent decision to not use their top draft pick on a college quarterback in the upcoming draft, 810 AM
GH: This is about as far from a risky move as it gets in the NFL. The Chiefs first went safe when they hired the well-established Andy Reid instead of gambling on an unknown college coach like Oregon’s Chip Kelly. Reid is simply doing what everyone in the NFL expected him to do – sign an established veteran QB and then fill the Chiefs’ other needs through free agency and the draft. Reid’s work is being lauded in almost every corner of the Internet. Will it work? Who knows? But it is safe, predictable and anything but a risky roll of the dice.
“There was no doubt in my mind this is where I wanted to be. It wasn’t close. Everything pointed here. … The opportunity to work with coach Reid was something that, from all the quarterbacks I’ve ever talked to … they’ve only had good things to say. From the outside looking in, you see the talent that’s here. You see the potential. It’s just a matter of getting things going, getting the chemistry right, the culture right.”
Alex Smith, Kansas City Star
GH: I could not tell if Smith was simply blowing smoke up our BBQ-loving burnt ends or if he is truly happy to be the next in a long line of former 49er QB to make their way to the Chiefs. I am hoping for the latter.
“Alex is the starting quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs.”
Andy Reid, when asked if there would be competition for the starting quarterback job between Alex Smith and Chase Daniel, Kansas City Star
GH: I have never understood the NFL’s need to name the starting quarterback based on salary. Why should Smith be named the starter in March when we haven’t even seen him compete with Daniel and whoever the Chiefs draft? I would treat QBs more like linemen – you get what you earn on the field. Missouri is the Show-Me State. Fragile egos need not apply.
“Sorting out the [Mizzou] quarterback situation is the biggest storyline of the spring and the quickest solution to what ails the Tigers. [Gary] Pinkel said James Franklin, Corbin Berkstresser and Maty Mauk will enter on an even plane.”
Joe Walljasper, columnist, Columbia Daily Tribune
GH: Pinkel is taking the exact opposite approach from Reid in finding his starter at the quarterback position. Pinkel is even passively dissing Franklin [again], last season’s starter at Mizzou…
“In this situation, without what I’d call the term ‘an established quarterback,’ we pretty much will, with those top three guys, go even reps with ones, twos, threes and keep rolling them right through.”
Gary Pinkel, Columbia Daily Tribune
GH: So Franklin isn’t an “established starter” in Pinkel’s mind? Gotcha, coach.
“[Maty Mauk] is a great competitor. He brings a lot of great things — winning — from high school, that he’s done at a very high level consistently. So we’ll see how it goes. He’s got a very strong arm. He can throw it 75 yards.”
Gary Pinkel, on MU’s redshirt freshman quarterback, Columbia Daily Tribune
GH: Calling Mauk a “great competitor” sounds a lot different than what Pinkel had to say about Franklin saying he “didn’t want to play” prior to the Arizona State game last September. Suffice it to say that the QB competition in Columbia this spring and fall should be interesting to follow.
“So @ChaseDaniel told me he’s gotten over 1500 mentions since signing with the #Chiefs and he reads every one. So, welcome him to KC.”
Danny Parkins, @DannyParkins, Twitter
GH: I have read some of the tweets to Daniel and while many are very supportive, there are more than a few who have a Kansas Jayhawk tinged tone to them. Those are probably the ones Daniel is Favoriting.
“Nothing like a little Texas @Dickeys BBQ for lunch! 2 meat plate with beans and veggies! #YUM twitpic.com/c4wcj3”
Chase Daniel, @ChaseDaniel, in a tweet from last month, Twitter
GH: Dickey’s? This Texas boy still has a lot to learn about good BBQ…
“The Jets had hopes to re-sign the unrestricted free agent, but [Mike] DeVito garnered a lot of interest from other teams. DeVito is now reunited with Bob Sutton, the Jets’ former linebackers and assistant head coach who was hired as the Chiefs’ new defensive coordinator this offseason. DeVito, who was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2007, was a force against the run during his Jets tenure and has developed a reputation as a lunch pail kind of guy.”
Kimberly Martin, writer, NewsDay.com
GH: DeVito was a salary-cap casualty with the Jets and a player from all accounts they did not want to lose. In other words, this is not Kelly Gregg.
“I have a ton of respect for Andy Reid. I was almost star struck when I saw him for the first time today.”
Mike DeVito, the former Jets’ defensive lineman who just signed with the Chiefs, in an interview with Bob Fescoe, 610 AM
“I don’t let nothin’ motivate me except my family. That’s what I do it for.”
Dwayne Bowe, in an interview with The Border Patrol, when asked by Nate Bukaty if he was motivated by criticism, 810 AM
GH: I have always liked how Bowe treated his fans. He is one of the few Chiefs’ stars who goes out of his way at camp to sign and pose for photographs. I am rooting for the Bowe Show to have an extended run on Broadway this season.
“It’s gonna be special, it’s gonna be great. Andy knows what he’s doing. I can’t wait to see how it all fits together. It’s like a big puzzle – a jigsaw. It’s gonna be exciting. It’s definitely going to be a turnaround from last year.”
Dwayne Bowe, on what he expects from the Chiefs’ revamped offense, 810 AM
“Todd [Haley] was a great guy. He knew how to motivate players in the craziest way. I learned a lot from Todd. I learned discipline – more discipline.”
Dwayne Bowe, 810 AM
“I’m still just Dwayne. … I’ll let you know.”
Dwayne Bowe, when asked if we could go back to calling him D-Bowe or The Bowe Show, 810 AM
“It’s the Cauldron! It’s the South Stands!”
Nate Bukaty, while reading a Sporting Kansas City commercial, 810 AM
GH: I have always felt bad for the fans who are seated in Sportings’ South Stands at Livestrong because their nickname pales in comparison to the bubbly rowdies in The Cauldron. Who gets jacked up about being referred to as The South Stands? The Cauldron has their own merchandise line but I’m guessing few are laying out cash for a “South Stands” jersey. I have a solution – rename that end of the stadium “The Southies.” Southie is Boston’s historic working-class neighborhood known for their toughness and characters. Almost every movie Ben Affleck or Mark Wahlberg is affiliated with has a scene shot in Southie and a fistfight to go with it. I think The Southies would be a worthy moniker opposite The Cauldron.
“Iowa State people are down here in full effect.”
Aaron Swarts, reporting live from the Power & Light District Thursday morning, 810 AM
GH: The Cyclone fans always show up in Kansas City for the Big 12 tourney. Will the newly famous Iowa State fan who confronted Bill Self following KU’s win in Ames be in KC this weekend? We can only hope.
“Frank Martin on what he takes from 2012-13 season: ‘A big bottle of pepto bismal.’”
Jerry Tipton, @JerryTipton, following South Carolina’s opening-round loss in the SEC tourney and their 14-18 record, Twitter
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