The Oakland Raiders came into the 2012 season with a rather weak secondary having replaced every single member of the 2011 corner backs with new bodies. As if that was not bad enough, the Raiders then saw injuries to their starting corner backs Shawntae Spencer and Ron Bartell early in the season and have been forced to play starting free safety, Michael Huff, at the corner position and start back up Matt Giordano at the free safety position. As a result, the Raiders have serious concerns anytime they face high quality passing games. Luckily for them, that will not be the case against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.
The Chiefs were already struggling on offense as Matt Cassel has had a rough start to the 2012 season. However, rather than putting Cassel back into the starting lineup after coming back from a concussion, Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel, in all his wisdom, named Brady Quinn the starting quarterback for the Chiefs going forward. Apparantly, after failing in his first head coaching position, Crennel is insisting on being fired from his second opportunity because Brady Quinn is a coach killer.
Quinn has a career passer rating of 65.5 and has more interceptions than touchdowns to go with his measely 2,114 career passing yards. The shocking thing is that Crennel was Quinn's head coach for two years in Cleveland, so he should be very familiar with Quinn's talent level, or lack thereof. However, despite that knowledge, Crennel believes the Chiefs best chance of winning resides in Quinn.
Now for the Raiders, the starting of a sub par quarterback in no way guarantees a win. Let's not forget that the Raiders had to go to over time to beat Chad Henne and Rashad Jennings, the back up quarterback and running back for the Jacksonville Jaguars, arguably the worst team in the NFL. The starting of Brady Quinn does not guarantee a win for the Raiders by any means. That being said, Matt Cassel has traditionally played fairly well against the Raiders, and is often able to make big time plays with his feet when playing the Raiders. Quinn does not have the ability to make plays on the run and is much more prone to making mistakes than Cassel. While he does not guarantee the Raiders a win, I imagine the Silver and Black will be happy to see Quinn instead of Cassel on Sunday.