You’re 2-12 and you have a second-year quarterback who cost you a fifth-round draft pick in 2011. You haven’t let him take a snap in a regular-season game, ever.
You’re the Kansas City Chiefs, and you might as well throw former Hawkeye Ricky Stanzi to the wolves, er, Indianapolis Colts, on Sunday.
Brady Quinn replaced the ineffective Matt Cassel as the Chiefs’ QB last month, and Quinn hasn’t reminded Kansas Citians of Len Dawson or Joe Montana, or even Trent Green or Elvis Grbac. He hurt a rib Sunday. Is Stanzi’s time at hand?
“There’s a possibility,” Crennel said in this Kansas City Star post. “Like I said last week, there’s a possibility, and I mentioned injuries as one of the reasons. We’ll see what Brady looks like, and then we’ll make some decisions and go from there.”
A vote of confidence, that isn’t. Then again, Quinn wasn’t knocked out of Sunday’s game, a 15-0 loss at Oakland. That’s right, the Chiefs got shut out by the Oakland Raiders.
Stanzi has a four-year contract worth $2.2 million. But he has done nothing but watch Cassel, Tyler Palko, Kyle Orton and Quinn start and/or finish games in these last two seasons. Palko is out of the league. Orton is Tony Romo’s backup in Dallas, and has thrown just 10 passes all season for the Cowboys.
Kansas City has seven straight scoreless quarters with Quinn quarterbacking. Could things get worse with Stanzi? What’s worse than zero?
Clearly, the organization isn’t as high on him as it had been at the time it drafted and then signed him, or he’d have seen some light of day by now.
The Chiefs could get the No. 1 pick in 2013. Too bad for them there’s no Andrew Luck available his time around. The Indianapolis Colts get two elite quarterbacks, Peyton Manning followed by Luck. The Chiefs just keep plugging in one journeyman after another, year after year.