The Kansas City Chiefs turned to Brady Quinn at quarterback this week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, one week after Matt Cassel was sidelined with an injury. Chiefs fans had been looking for a quarterback change nearly all season long and controversy erupted this week when players called out fans for apparently cheering on Cassel's injury against the Ravens.
Under Quinn, however, not much was different for the 1-5 Chiefs.
Kansas City was blown out on the road in Tampa Bay, 38-10, with the Chiefs not managing a touchdown until the fourth quarter. Quinn was 22-of-38 for 180 yards and two interceptions, showing the same inability to drive the offense forward that Chiefs fans had seen with Cassel.
Like Cassel, Quinn's favorite target was Dwayne Bowe, looking his way nine times. Bowe finished the game with 21 yards on only three receptions though. His longest reception was for... eight yards. Dexter McCluster saw eight targets from Quinn, catching six of them for 39 yards. The leading receiver in this game was Steve Maneri. Yes, the offensive tackle who converted back to tight end led the Chiefs with 45 yards on four receptions.
Quinn wasn't the only reason the Chiefs lost but he wasn't part of the solution either. KC Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel said after the game (audio via 810 WHB) that Quinn "commanded it pretty nicely."
The Chiefs take on the Oakland Raiders next Sunday after a bye week in Week 7.