“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.”
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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