Kansas City Chiefs: Brady Quinn to Start in Week 8 and for 'Foreseeable Future'

Brett Gering@BrettGeringCorrespondent IOctober 22, 2012

It's official: Week 8 will mark Brady Quinn's first start for the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium.

On Monday, Romeo Crennel relayed that his decision was an intuitive one. Kansas City's head coach deflected blame from Matt Cassel (Adam Teicher, The Kansas City Star), stating, “I’m not saying Matt Cassel is the reason we are where we are." He continued, "The stroke of that brush is a broad stroke and everybody is included in it."

The news was confirmed by Adam Teicher, who quoted a decisive Crennel:

Crennel said Quinn is QB 4 foreseeable future: "I want (Quinn) to be the starting quarterback without having to look over his shoulder.’’

— Adam Teicher (@adamteicher) October 22, 2012

The head coach added, "There's going to be no quick hook or anything like that."

The move provides a glimmer of hope to a perturbed Chiefs fan base.

Is Brady Quinn the answer to a season jam-packed with woes and riddles? Unlikely. However, it proves that the coaching staff and front office are willing to bid farewell to the Matt Cassel era. 

Unless Quinn goes on a tear and illuminates with the kind of success that the passer had at Notre Dame, he and Cassel may be auditioning for Kansas City's backup job in 2013. 

If his Arrowhead debut—as a starter—ends with a victory over the Oakland Raiders, Quinn will ignite a spark to a team in desperate need of one. 

The Kansas City Chiefs will host the Oakland Raiders at 4:05pm (ET) this Sunday.