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Brady Quinn: Why Chiefs Fans Should Be Rooting for Backup to Fail

KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 24:  Quarterback Brady Quinn #9 of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates after a touchdown during the NFL preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks at Arrowhead Stadium on August 24, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Kyle VassaloFeatured ColumnistOctober 11, 2012

The Kansas City Chiefs will be better in the long run if Brady Quinn tanks in place of Matt Cassel in Week 6.

Quinn gets the start this week vs. the Bucs while Cassel recovers from his concussion. Chiefs fans should be hoping the eager backup doesn't dupe the team into thinking he's actually a viable option at quarterback.

Frustrated Chiefs fans cheered when Cassel went down last week, but this notion that Quinn is the answer is absurd.

Quinn didn't throw a pass in the NFL in 2010 and 2011. The Chiefs fans face a similar debacle to what the Browns saw in 2009. They are trying to see which of their two sub-par quarterbacks has what it takes to run the offense, when the answer is neither.

The future quarterback of Kansas City is not on the roster. For now, they'll have to make do with Quinn, but don't expect him to finish out this year as the Chiefs' starter. Even if Quinn wins the job by taking down the Bucs this week, he doesn't have the in-game experience Cassel has.

Matt Cassel has proven that he isn't the long-term answer in Kansas City. His five touchdowns through the first five games are unimpressive, but the 13 turnovers he's had a hand in have made him a liability.

While not all of the Chiefs problems are Cassel's fault, it's clear he's not the quarterback they thought he was when they brought him in from New England. With a top-flight receiver like Dwayne Bowe and a rushing offense that has has posted 180.8 YPG, it's hard not to blame Cassel for their struggles.

Quinn is entering the easiest situation imaginable for a backup quarterback. Many people believe he should be the starter, he's facing a Bucs secondary that ranks dead last in pass defense this season and he has a chance to win the job heading into the bye week.

The Chiefs must see upgrading the quarterback position as the No. 1 priority. Even if Quinn or Cassel muster up some magic this season and by some miracle make the Chiefs competitive, Kansas City must not be deterred from pursuing a quarterback in the 1st round of the draft next season.

While Chiefs fans would like to be talking about the playoffs right now instead of the draft, the nightmare quarterback situation this season has made it impossible to consider the team a contender in the AFC West.

Given the success Sam Bradford, Cam Newton, Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and others have recently seen during their rookie campaigns, the Chiefs should have no reservations about pursuing a new quarterback next season.

Matt Barkley and Geno Smith are both better right now than Quinn ever will be. The Chiefs have an opportunity to win because of their quarterback, rather than despite him. Quinn pulling off a win this week will only create the facade that the Chiefs have an answer to their problems already in hand.

Quinn failing and Cassel finishing the season out once he comes back from his injury will at least provide some closure for Chiefs fans who are wondering whether or not Quinn can get the job done.

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