With the third preseason game traditionally a dress rehearsal for the regular season, it wasn’t much of a surprise when Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel officially named Quinn the team’s No. 2 quarterback on Monday.
“Both guys have good ability, competed and worked very hard,” Crennel said of the training camp competition between Quinn and second-year pro
Quinn, who signed as an unrestricted free agent from Denver this offseason, had been rotating second-team reps with Stanzi since the Chiefs offseason program began in May.
Many times the rotation changed by the practice, ensuring both quarterbacks an even amount of reps. Quinn worked behind Cassel in the preseason opener against Arizona with Stanzi taking over as the second-team quarterback for the Chiefs second preseason game in St. Louis.
The rotation shifted back to Quinn last week against Seattle when Stanzi struggled to move the football in his opportunity against the Rams. Stanzi committed two turnovers and led the offense to just 14 total yards in four offensive series at St. Louis. He was also sacked four times.
Despite those struggles, Crennel said he hasn’t lost confidence in the 2011 fifth-round draft pick.
“I think he is a good young player with a lot of talent and upside to him,” Crennel said.
Stanzi is expected to command the third quarterback job once the regular season begins. He served as the Chiefs backup quarterback in six games as a rookie and was inactive for 10 other contests, but has yet to attempt a regular season pass.
“My reaction is that whatever spot the coaches want me at on this team, it’s my job to do that role and help out the rest of the team,” Stanzi said following Monday’s practice.
Though Quinn owns 12 career starts, he hasn’t thrown an NFL pass since 2009 despite being employed by the Broncos for all 32 regular season games from 2010-11. He backed up both Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow in Denver before re-uniting with Crennel and Chiefs offensive coordinator Brian Daboll this offseason.
Cleveland drafted Quinn 22nd overall in the 2007 NFL Draft when Crennel was serving as that’s club’s head coach. Quinn made three starts for Cleveland in 2008, Crennel’s final season guiding the Browns, and started nine games in Daboll’s offense during the 2009 campaign.
“Everyone wants to be a starter in this league and play on the field, so that’s ultimately the thing I think you would be happy about having a title of sorts,” Quinn said, reacting to being named the Chiefs primary backup. “Right now it’s all about preparing to get a win in Green Bay.”
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“We kind of like the guy a little bit, so that’s why we keep him,” Crennel said of Tanney. “If we didn’t like him and we didn’t think he had ability, we’d let him go. He’s an unproven guy, but we like some things about him and he’s still trying to learn the system.”Crennel hinted that Tanney might see his first game action Thursday night in Green Bay.