Kansas City Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel announced today that he plans on starting Brady Quinn at quarterback this coming Sunday against the Oakland Raiders unseating the incumbent Matt Cassel.
Crennel said that he made the move to Quinn in order to spark some life into a 1-5 Chiefs squad which has struggled mightily this season.
"Probably the most impactful move I could make to get everybody’s attention was to change the quarterback,” Crennel said Monday.
"I’m not saying Matt Cassel is the reason we are where we are. The stroke of that brush is a broad stroke and everybody is included in it. We’re trying to make this better, get this better. We need to coach better, we need to play better. If we do those things, then we can be better.
"My biggest deal was my gut (feeling) in telling me that I needed to impact the team by changing the dynamic, by having a different dynamic. Brady Quinn is the guy I want to go with."
Crennel also said that the move is not just for the game against the raiders and he would like Quinn to play without the thought of losing his starting role.
Matt Cassel has been hurt as of late, but team doctors have given him the green light to play. He also has the lowest passer rating in the NFL and has turned the ball over 14 times this season (nine interceptions and five lost fumbles).
Quinn started last week for the Chiefs against the Bucs, but the Chiefs were never in the game as Tampa Bay throttled the Chiefs, 38-10.
Oakland Raiders wide receiver Darius Heyward-Bey was carted off the field after a helmet to helmet hit with Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Mundy.
Mundy was not penalized for the hit.
Heyward-Bey was running across the end zone when Mundy threw himself towards Heyward-Bey and hit him right in the facemask. Heyward-Bey's neck jerked violently and his head slammed into the O.co Coliseum turf.
Heyward-Bey's eyes were closed for about 10 minutes as Raiders trainers attended to him. He was then placed on a stretcher with his head strapped down. He raised his hand as we was being carted away.
Heyward-Bey is currently in the hospital. No word on his condition at this time.
The NFL and sports world are still in shock after the tragic death of former All-Pro linebacker Junior Seau. Yesterday, I shared with you the very emotional and heart wrenching statement made by Seau's mother, Luisa.
Today, another emotional reflection on Seau's life was made by former teammate of Seau and current ESPN analyst Marcellus Wiley. Wiley appeared on ESPN's NFL Live to talk about his friend and teammate.
Wiley was clearly distraught and emotional right from the start saying that in his denial he texted Seau to make sure the rumors were false. More important than anything else was that Wiley spoke highly of him as a person more than as a player.
Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno was arrested in Denver last week and was charged with DUI.
Reports are that Moreno's Bentley convertible had vanity plates that read "SAUCED". How fitting.
Denver police pulled over Moreno after he was clocked going 70 MPH in a 45 MPH zone. An officer smelled alcohol on his breath and performed poorly on the field sobriety tests.
The Broncos issued a statement saying, "We take the incident involving Knowshon Moreno very seriously, and are thoroughly reviewing this matter. Our organization will continue to gather information and closely monitor this issue while the legal process takes it course."
Moreno missed a large portion of the 2011 season after he tore is ACL in November.
Former Kansas City Chiefs head coach Todd Haley has been hired as the offensive coordinator of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Haley would replace Bruce Arians, who was fired shortly after the Steelers shocking loss to the Denver Broncos in the Wild Card round. Haley, 45, was the offensive coordinator for the Arizona Cardinals in 2007-08, their only Super Bowl appearance.
Haley spent two plus seasons as the Chiefs head coach going 19-26 with a 2010 AFC West crown.
The hiring of Haley is an odd one for the Steelers. Pittsburgh has had a history of promoting within. The last time the Steelers made an outside hire for offensive coordinator was in 1999 when Pittsburgh hired current New York Giants coordinator Kevin Gilbride.
The NFL's Week 10 is just about over (Okay it is over, Monday Night's game is going to be a stinker) and there are things to take away for it and things to learn. I will go over each game in short responses. So here we go.
Norv Turner's seat just went from hot to 5 alarm fire. The AFC West has become this year's NFC West.
Never count out Belichick and Brady. Jets continue to underachieve and Sanchez is still overrated.
PUNT THE BALL!
The Steelers' defense finally showed up and in the most opportune time. Could this be the end of the Bengals this season?
It always something for the Browns and note to Coach Shurmur: defenses do win championships, but you do need an offense as well.
Midnight just about struck for Fitzpatrick and the Bills. Cowboys surprisingly still alive.
Good news Colts fans, you have a bye next week. Just six more games, Colts.
Look like you can win with a quarterback who can't throw. Also, Kansas City seriously, with Denver's offensive strategy you still didn't predict they would run.
Congrats Miami, you won your first game at home in seven tries, now there is no way you get Andrew Luck now.
The Eagles once again prove my theory: The Eagles are HIGHLY OVERRATED. Andy Reid's seat is ingulfed in flames, but then again it is every year.
Houston has the best record in the AFC? Good for them. I still don't trust them.
Welcome back, Chris Johnson! Wherever have you been?
Will the real Seahawks or Ravens please stand up?
Don't look now, but here come the Bears, even without Cutler playing well.
The Niners are in fact for real and looks like Eli Manning can't win them all.
Well that's it for my brief synopsis of the week that was in the NFL. Next week has some big games, Cincinnati will prove if they are for real when they play the Ravens. The Eagles go into MetLife Stadium to try get back on track and beat the NFC East leading Giants and will the Chargers end there horrendous skid when they face he red hot Bears? Until next week, folks.
Well last week I dropped to 1-1 in my "Monday Night Pick Sure To Go Wrong", but then again who outside of Jacksonville would think the Jaguars would beat the Ravens? I mean c'mon. This week I try to get back on track when the San Diego Chargers play the Kansas City Chiefs.
San Diego is coming off a tough defeat to the New York Jets that saw the Chargers blow a 21-10 lead at halftime. The Chargers are going to be playing angry and make sure to close out this game.
Philip Rivers has struggled this season and has thrown nine interceptions this season including multiple picks in SIX games this season. So the key for the Chiefs is to pressure Rivers into making forced throws and creating turnovers.
If Philip Rivers can get hot and play up to his potential then the Chiefs can't stop him. Basically so goes Philip Rivers, so goes the San Diego Chargers.
The Chiefs are a very hot team right now that have won three straight and with a win tonight would give them a share of the AFC West lead. Kansas City last week picked apart the Oakland Raiders, granted they were without their starting quarterback, forcing six interceptions. They are facing a struggling Philip Rivers and he could not have picked a worse team to face right now.
However, Kansas City's three wins this year came against Minnesota, Indianapolis, and Oakland. Minnesota and Indianapolis have a combined two wins between them and Oakland, like I said previously, was without Jason Campbell.
The Chiefs have a pretty solid running game, considering Jamaal Charles in out for the year, with the two headed threat of Jackie Battle and Dexter McCluster. The Chargers have struggled with their run defense and with the Chiefs mixing up their running backs could create a long night for the Chargers.
I'm going with my gut in this one and I pick the....
Newly acquired Oakland Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer only knew 15 plays from the Raiders playbook when he was placed into the game on Sunday.
Raiders coach Hue Jackson placed Palmer in the game in the second half after Kyle Boller was so ineffective in the first half. Boller went 7-14 with three picks including a pick six. Carson Palmer however was not much better going 8-21 with three interceptions also including a pick six.
Palmer was told by the Raiders coaching staff that he was not going to play against the Chiefs. So when Jackson put Palmer into the game, needless to say he was shocked. He only knew 15 plays and the Raiders just played those over and over for the rest of the game. And it showed.
The Raiders have an off week this week and Palmer now has an extra week to learn the playbook and should make the next start for the Silver and Black. Those 15 plays he should know by heart now.