Posted Tue Aug 18th by Monty
While all four teams in the AFC West have named a starting quarterback, the San Diego Chargers are the only group with a quarterback situation completely devoid of controversy (VOLEKTRICITY fans, argue if you will). The Broncos, of course, are waist-deep in fan and media speculation involving Kyle Orton and Chris Simms. The Raiders have proclaimed JaMarcus Russell the starter despite adding solid veteran Jeff Garcia in the offseason.
And then there’s Kansas City, who appeared set at the QB position after trading for Matt Cassel. The Chiefs couldn’t possibly be considering benching Mr. Second-Coming-Of-Tom-Brady, could they, not after the ridiculous contract to which they signed him only a month ago?
Possibly. And the culprit for the QB controversy is none other than Brodie Croyle.
Yes, Brodie Croyle.
Kent Babb of the Kansas City Star has been reporting since camp that Croyle has outplayed Tyler Thigpen and is easily the second best signal caller on KC’s roster. Now, as you can see in that tweet above, the beat writer is starting to lean toward the idea that Croyle could even supplant Cassel as the starter.
In the team’s first preseason game, Cassel played on an extremely limited basis, completing two of five passes for 15 yards. Hardly enough tape by which to grade Cassel. But Croyle saw more action and performed relatively well, going 12/18 (67%) for 145 yards. Add the fact that Cassel’s been getting mixed reviews in camp, and Babb (who is presumably there for every practice) is just calling it like he sees it.
But Cassel was brought in to be “the guy” – he was thought of highly enough after one season playing in New England to draw interest from both the Chiefs and Broncos. While the specifics will never be known, the notorious phone conversations Josh McDaniels had with the Patriots front office ultimately led to Jay Cutler leaving Denver.
Speculation that Cassel isn’t the best QB in Kansas City is an eyebrow-raising surprise to say the least.
What’s more, Chiefs Head Coach Todd Haley doesn’t deny it.
Q: Has Matt (Cassel) been the best quarterback you’ve had here in camp?
HALEY: “I’ll hold out on answering that right now.”
Haley wasn’t exactly exerting confidence in the rest of his team, either. Later, when asked about Brett Favre, Haley quickly changed the subject inward, stating, “I’m just worried about this house that’s on fire and I’m trying to keep it from burning down.”
Haley will likely nip this in the bud first thing tomorrow (several sites are running with it), but this marks the official kickoff to a Kansas City quarterback controversy. Welcome to the club.
Now — San Diego… I’ve gotten my dose of schadenfreude from the Raiders and Chiefs this week. Third team’s a charm?
Croyle making a move in Kansas City? [ProFootballTalk]