OTC: Chiefs Pick Brady Quinn Over Cassel — Will It Kill His Career Along w/ Romeo’s & Pioli’s?

“I’m surprised and I’m shocked to be honest. I think we know who Brady Quinn is. He’s a quarterback who couldn’t cut it in Cleveland and he couldn’t cut it in Denver.”
Clark Judge, of CBSSports.com, when asked by Soren Petro for his reaction to the Chiefs naming Brady Quinn as their starter, 810 AM
GH: What does the rest of the NFL think of the Chiefs having to bench their $63-million QB seven games into the season in favor of a guy who couldn’t make it in Cleveland or as Denver’s back-up? They think this franchise is broken and they can’t wait to stomp on it. Read on – but not on a full stomach.

“I know folks who used to work with [Quinn] and I know one in particular who believed strongly in him and then gave up on him. He said, ‘He’s one of the most extraordinarily inaccurate passers I’ve seen.’ … You try to get the ball to the right spot and he just can’t do it. Eventually, that team gave up on him.”
Clark Judge, of CBSSports.com, discussing what he has heard about Quinn from NFL coaches who have worked with him, 810 AM
GH: Has the phrase, “He’s one of the most extraordinarily inaccurate passers I’ve seen,” ever even been used before to describe a first-round NFL quarterback? Obviously, Scott Pioli either never talked to this former Quinn advocate or ignored his warnings. We are about to spend the next two months finding out who was right.

“I just wonder what this [quarterback change] means for the Chiefs. What it means for Matt Cassel and what it means for a lot of people long term in that Chiefs’ organization.”
Clark Judge, of CBSSports.com, 810 AM
GH: Are the futures of Romeo Crennel and Scott Pioli tied to Quinn’s production? If so, both will be wintering in much warmer climes than Kansas City.

“His career is basically on the line. I do think that the motivation factor for Quinn has to be incredibly high. I think his NFL career is staring him right in the eye right now.”
Kevin Harlan, on Brady Quinn’s opportunity as the Chiefs’ starter, 810 AM
GH: If we are to believe what Quinn’s former coach said about him, staring Quinn “right in the eye” is going to result in an extraordinarily inaccurate result.

“I’m here to tell you [Quinn] can’t do it. There is no right answer on this roster for the head coach to turn to. What I saw against the Bucs, this is probably the wrong move.”
Soren Petro, 810 AM
GH: Petro made the comment that someone close to the Chiefs’ organization Cassel’s told him Cassel’s head’s been fried – that he’s lost all confidence. That is exactly how Cassel looks to me – like a guy who expects the worst very time he drops back into the pocket.

“We’ve almost regressed here under Jim Zorn.”
Jay Binkley, on Zorn’s work with the Chiefs’ quarterbacks, 610 AM
GH: Anyone who has watched Zorn work at a Chiefs’ practice has to like his energy and the chemistry he shares with the quarterbacks. But the value of a coach is measured in the production from his players. In this category Zorn gets a Z.

“We talked about Romeo earlier. Where are the players who are blossoming under him? Justin Houston, I’ll give him that. Justin Houston’s grown up. But aside from that, I don’t see anybody else really coming alive these last five or six weeks.”
Jeff Chadiha, 810 AM
GH: About the only thing Romeo’s regime has restituted at Arrowhead is the SaveOurChiefs.com band wagon.

“I don’t listen to Romeo Crennel for news. I listen to him for humor, basically.”
Danny Parkins, 610 AM

“ESPN’s Bill Simmons is supporting the SaveOurChiefs.com movement. ‘I am 100% supporting the KC thing,’ Simmons.”
@SaveOurChiefs, Twitter
GH: The national media already have their cameras pointed toward Kansas City, thanks to Eric Winston’s rant. It will not take much for them to focus on Pioli and Crennel instead of the X-Factor’s wedge.  

“It’s not a real strong crop if you ask me at this point.”
Kevin Lockett, former K-State and Chiefs receiver, on his opinion of the college quarterbacks that will be available for the 2013 NFL draft, 610 AM
GH: With Geno’s Pizzazz taking a major hit the past two weeks against Texas Tech and then Kansas State, the quarterback draft options do not look quite as attractive as they did earlier. Geno didn’t handle pressure well and he is not a throw-on-the-run kind of QB. I’d still take him against the Raiders on Sunday – but I’d take Trick Shot over Brady Quinn.

“Barkley is Cassel and he is on top of the [draft] board.”
Josh Vernier, on the USC quarterback, 610 AM
GH: Barkley isn’t Matt Cassel, despite their common USC roots. Barkley has been a two-year starter at USC while Cassel never started a college game. Barkley might not be a great NFL quarterback but I wouldn’t write him off just because he is a Trojan.

“Saturday Night Live has always been outstanding! People who say Saturday Night Live isn’t as good as it used to be are wrong. It’s always been outstanding! You’re absolutely wrong!”
Josh Vernier, 610 AM
GH: This SNL debate will never die. I am an old guy who can remember SNL’s debut as NBC’s Saturday Night in the mid 70s. I was waiting tables in college at the time and I can remember closing the restaurant on Saturday nights at 11:00 PM and the entire wait staff and crew huddled around the bar’s 19-inch TV to watch Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Gilda Radner, Chevy Chase and the like make fools of themselves and everyone they parodied. Was it better then than it is now? Has it waned over the years? It is my opinion that each SNL show [no matter the year] has always had a number of weak skits with an occasional keeper. More chaff than wheat. But the keepers are so good I come back every week to catch it. The Bruno Mars’ Pandora Radio skit last Saturday was epic. Having a DVR now makes skipping those too-long not-funny skits a lot easier. #CheeseburgerCheeseburgerCheeseburgerCheeseburger!

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22 Responses to OTC: Chiefs Pick Brady Quinn Over Cassel — Will It Kill His Career Along w/ Romeo’s & Pioli’s?

  1. donkeypunch says:

    Danny Parkins sed:
    I don’t listen to Romeo Crennel for news. I listen to him for humor, basically

    Donkeypunch sez:
    What is this Danny Parkins? Is he a Chiefs employee?

  2. The Smartman says:

    The whole Chiefs organization lacks confidence. If the Chiefs were a country they’d be Greece. The Chiefs organization is not gonna be fixed with six or seven changes in key player and personnel roles. It’s that bad. Only one option. Blow the whole thing up and start from scratch including the people that pick up candy wrappers.

    Collin Klein is probably the best NFL prospect in this years draft. In the right system with the right coaching and development he can be a very productive NFL QB.

    SNL sucks worse than the Chiefs. Occasionally there are a few classic skits but as a total body of work, the farther back you go the better the writing and cast members were. That being said my favorite alltime skit was THE SINATRA GROUP. Phil Hartman as Frank Sinatra channeling John
    Mc Laughlin, Jan Hooks as Sinead O’Connor, Sting as Billy Idol, Chris Rock as Luther Campbell and I wanna say Mike Meyers and Julie Sweeney as Steve and Edie.

    • dman says:

      Collin Klein is Tim Tebow II. Sure he could do well in the right system, but he isn’t going to blow anyone away with his passing. I definitely don’t want him on the Chiefs, but he is hands down better than Quinn and any of the other stiffs on the roster.

      Saying he is the best NFL prospect says more about how marginal this QB class is than how good Klein will be in the NFL.

    • Taxee says:

      Totally agree on The Sinatra Group skit. I laughed so hard I was crying when Phil as Frank called Jan as Sinead “Uncle Fester”. To me, Phil Hartman was the Willie Mays of SNL.

    • MrBrightsideKC says:

      Please explain what qualities Collin Klein has that makes him better than Tim Tebow. I say this understanding that Tebow is an awful QB in the NFL. I think Klein may be an inch taller, but that may be it.

      • The Smartman says:

        He’s coachable first of all. Tebow ran the offense at Florida and Urban Meyer let him because Tim got the job done through sheer force of will. He was a big fish in a small pond in college. Now he’s just the biggest flounder at a position where you need to be a shark. Despite training with the best passing coaches in the offseason Tebow is no closer to being able to succeed in a pro style passing offense than I am. Klein’s brain does not appear to be so one dimensionally hard wired that he won’t be able to speed up and make some slight mechanical changes to his release. Just his improvement over last year shows that with experience and proper coaching the kid can learn.

    • chuck says:

      How about Chris Walken in the “Cowbell” skit?

      Remember the “Joe Pesci Show” with Robt DeNiro?

      Or, Chris Farley on the “Japanese Game Show” screaming to his wife, “FOR GODSAAKES CALL THE AMERICAN EMBASSY!!!!”

      There is still some pretty funny stuff on there.


      • The Smartman says:

        Christopher Walken as Colonel Ingus with all the oral sex double entendre’s was classic as was Security Update with Robert Diniro looking for the smelly terrorist Huz bin Farteen.

      • JP says:

        Another great line from the Sinata Group: “I got chunks of guys like you in my stool!!” Hilariious. The 70’s was the gold standard, but the late 80’s and 90’s was pretty good. Sandler as the Herlihy Boy. Will Ferell and Ana Gasteyer as the married couple who performed music, to the boos of their students. Classic stuff.

  3. Orphan of the Road says:

    “More shaft than wheat.”

    Even a Child of the Corn should know it is chaff and not shaft.

    Smartman, the Chiefs have to improve before they can begin to suck.

  4. nick says:

    Good SNL take. Mars’ Pandora bit was really good.

    The Hartman, Carvey, Farley, Sandler, Spade, Miller and McDonald years will be hard to top. But there’s been many great shows the last few years, just maybe not as many. Kristin Wiig’s absence is notice-able this year. I’d put her up with any of the past talents.

    Sadly, the Chiefs have often been more humorous than SNL.

  5. Stringer Pete says:

    I’m one of the odd ones whose favorite SNL season was 1984-85 when Dick Ebersol brought in some of my favorites such as Billy Crystal, Martin Short and Harry Shearer. The comedy was more mainstream and the performances more polished that season.

  6. chuck says:

    KC’s QB’s suck.

    “Anyone who has watched Zorn work at a Chiefs’ practice has to like his energy and the chemistry he shares with the quarterbacks. But the value of a coach is measured in the production from his players. In this category Zorn gets a Z. ”

    He would fail equally with, Akili Smith, Dave Klingler, Heath Schuler, Browning Nagel, etc etc.

    Just sayin….

  7. Mark says:

    Barkley’s been a four-year starter, not a two-year starter.

    I still think Geno will look great in mustard and ketchup. Maybe we won’t have to trade up to get him now?

    • Bob Sacamano says:

      I don’t think the chefs will have to worry about trading up, the #1 overall pick is well within their reach.

  8. kcredsox says:

    Buttwheat has been shot!!!!

  9. poodymilk says:

    bill hader as stefon on weekend update is pretty hilarious

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