The Ravens opponents this Sunday, the Chiefs, appear to be having a crisis of confidence with their starting quarterback, Matt Cassel.
Asked this week about whether he was considering replacing Cassel with backup Brady Quinn, coach Romeo Crennel at first basically defended Cassels status as the No. 1 guy.
Matt is the quarterback, Crennel said, as reported by The Kansas City Star. What he has been able to show is that he can make plays. Even after he had those turnovers, he came back and drove the team down the field. We think he is capable, and we just have to get him to be more consistent. In Sundays 37-20 loss to the Chargers, the whole team needed to be more consistent.
Fair enough. And fairly supportive enough. But then check out Crennels language about how it could come to pass hed make a switch at QB.
At some point, as a coach, you go through and you see whats happening in the game and how a guy is reacting and how hes responding to whats happening in the game, Crennel said. If you feel hes inept, constantly making poor decisions, bad choices, then thats when you move on from him and give someone else a chance.
You dont ever want to use inept in reference to your quarterback, even if youre speaking in the hypothetical. And especially not after hes had a three-interception game. Unless youre seriously thinking about pulling him, as Crennel obviously is. He also said Quinn would get reps with the first team this week.
As for during the game itself, Cassel might well find himself standing next to the coach with the offense is on the field.
You pull him out, put somebody else in, let him settle down and maybe he goes back in, Crennel said. As a coach, you get a feeling about whether hes making good decisions, poor decisions those kind of things all kind of play into it.
A vote of confidence doesnt seem to play into it, though.