Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 10/21/12
In the first four and three quarter games quarterback Matt Cassel played in this season for Kansas City, he managed to throw nine interceptions and lose four fumbles. When he got injured in the game against Baltimore, the home fans actually cheered because finally Cassel would be out.In comes Brady Quinn who did okay in his relief of Cassel in the end of the Baltimore game, but in the game against Tampa Bay Quinn threw for a whopping 180 yards and two interceptions. Kansas City is on a bye week this week but the question on everyone’s mind is what should Kansas City do at the quarterback position?First, the Chiefs could go back to Cassel, who has been cleared this week to participate in non-contact drills at practice. A second option would be making Quinn the new permanent starting quarterback. A third option would be pretty much giving up totally and giving third string quarterback Ricky Stanzi a shot.For those who do not know, Stanzi was drafted in the fifth round of the 2011 draft, and played college ball at Iowa. Stanzi has no regular season experience and in the 2012 preseason Stanzi was 9 for 18 with 91 yards and an interception.All of these options should not even be considered options by the Chiefs because they would surely lead to continual defeat and embarrassment.  Another option would be for Kansas City to wait until the 2013 draft and draft a new quarterback. The 2013 NFL draft could include the talents of players such as Matt Barkley, Geno Smith, Tyler Bray, Tyler Wilson, Tajh Boyd and Aaron Murray to name a few.However, there are two problems with this option. One is the continual gamble that comes with drafting a quarterback. A quarterback drafted into the NFL could be a bust like Tim Couch and Ryan Leaf, be a mediocre quarterback like Tim Tebow, or could be another Peyton Manning or RGIII. The second problem with this option that goes along with the first is that a rookie quarterback takes time to adjust to the NFL, and rarely brings immediate success.With the trade deadline being moved to the Tuesday following Week 8 of the regular season, a last option for Kansas City is to try and trade for a new quarterback. The best six options for Kansas City for a team’s backup quarterback would be Charlie Whitehurst from San Diego, Matt Leinart from Oakland, T.J. Yates from Houston, Matt Moore from Miami, or Matt Flynn from Seattle.Whitehurst played college football at Clemson, and has played for both the Chargers and Seahawks in the NFL. He has played in 11 games starting four, passing for 805 yards, three touchdowns and four interceptions.  Leinart has played for the Cardinals, the Texans and the Raiders, and while is performance has not been spectacular he does have experience having started 18 games in the league. In his career, he has thrown for 3.950 yards, 15 touchdowns, and 20 interceptions.Yates is best known for starting five regular season games for Houston last season, going 2-3 in those starts, and for being the quarterback that lead Houston to the franchise’s first playoff victory against the Cincinnati Bengals. Yates recorded 949 passing yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions during the 2011 regular season while accumulating 343 passing yards, a touchdown and three interceptions in the playoffs.Moore spent several seasons as the starter and backup quarterback in Carolina before finishing the 2011 season as the starting quarterback for the Miami Dolphins. In his career Moore has a 13-12 record as a starter, and has accumulated 5,137 yards, 32 touchdowns, and 26 interceptions.Despite being seen as somewhat of a decent free agent season this past offseason, Flynn eventually lost the starting job to rookie Russell Wilson.  Flynn was a decent quarterback when his number was called in Green Bay having accumulated 1,015 yards, nine touchdowns, and five interceptions. There are worse gambles Kansas City could take then giving Flynn the starting job.The biggest things going for these five quarterbacks is that they are young, with Whitehurst being the oldest at 30, and they already have NFL experience.I think that Kansas City should get rid of Cassel, either through trade or cutting him. Even if Kansas City does not chose to get rid of Cassel they should still be able to trade for one of these quarterbacks without giving up high draft picks, which is a good thing because Kansas City is going to have lots of issues to deal with in the 2013 draft.If Kansas City wants to regain any small glimmer of hope of turning this season around they need to start at the quarterback position.
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