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Overheard: Chiefs to close preseason slate at Lambeau Field

Posted Aug 29, 2012

A short practice week then off to Green Bay

The Kansas City Chiefs practiced Monday and Tuesday before heading to Green Bay on Wednesday for their final preseason game. With the number two quarterback chosen, the Chiefs are looking forward and preparing for the Packers.

After practice this week Chiefs players spoke to the media about Brady Quinn being named number two, improvements that need to be made from past two preseason losses and the roster cut-down to 53 players on Friday.

QB Brady Quinn on being named the No. 2 quarterback:

“Regardless of what that title is, we’re preparing for the season. Everyone is just trying to get better every day, especially after the past couple of weeks. We’d like to get a win underneath our belts up there in Green Bay. That’s really the biggest thing on my mind.”

QB Ricky Stanzi on his reaction to Quinn being named No. 2 quarterback:

“My reaction is whatever spot the coaches want me at on this team, it’s my job to do that role to help out the rest of the team. We have a great quarterback room. We learn from each other. We learn from Coach (Brian) Daboll; we learn from Coach (Jim) Zorn. That’s our focus as a group, to try to do what we can to help our team and keep our room playing at a high level.”

QB Matt Cassel on the team’s ability to play well when the 2012 regular season begins:

“I do feel good about this team and I’m confident about this team. I’m confident about the players that we have. We’ve got a lot of talent on this football team and in this room with the coaches and everybody else. We’re all working hard. Obviously, the outcomes of the last two games haven’t been what we’ve wanted, but again, that’s why you have preseason because you have to go through sometimes the bumps and the bruises. I guarantee we’ll be ready to go by the first week of the season, and these guys are all doing a great job of coming out here, getting back to work and getting ready to go.”

CB Jacques Reeves on the Chiefs defensive backs:

“We have some veterans back here. We got E.B. (Eric Berry) back. It’s an opportunity for me. I’m just here to make some plays and get this team over the hump.”

CB Stanford Routt on how the defense is playing this preseason:

“For it to be preseason and the games not to count on the win-loss, I guess you could say I’m OK with it. I don’t think anybody on our defense would say they’re pleased with the way we’ve played thus far in these first three games. We know we can play much better, and we know we’re going to have to if we’re going to take that title this year in the AFC West.”

Quinn on what the team needs to improve on against Green Bay:

“I think the biggest thing is we have to come out of the game without any turnovers. It has hurt us the past few weeks, and it’s something we’ve really tried to harp on and do a better job of. Overall, I think we just need to play tough football. We need to run the ball well, not make any mental errors out there. We’ve let a couple things here and there go awry. The biggest key is probably turnovers.”

LB Andy Studebaker on the cuts being made this week:

“This is just that time of year. We’ve been working. I don’t think our pace has changed that much over the last two days as far as guys working harder because camp is about to be over. But it’s in the back of guys’ minds – this is the reality of the situation that we’re in. We have a lot of great guys. Sadly, there are going to be some cuts, and it’s just that time of year. Guys are playing hard, and we’ll see what happens.”

LB Edgar Jones on the final preseason game against Green Bay:

“I’m pumped up and excited. We’re playing Thursday, so I’m just taking these last few days and brushing up on my technique to prepare for Green Bay.”

Cassel on the importance of players fitting into their roles before the season opener against Atlanta:

“I think it’s important for us to go out there and execute. If one guy is not doing their job when it comes to offense, it’s hard to be successful on a consistent basis. The things that we’re trying to do is get everybody working together and be consistent, and that means everybody doing their job on every play.”

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