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Cassel's career at a crossroads

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07:58 AM ET 10.24 | In one end of the locker room in Kansas City, there is joy over the possibly revived career of Brady Quinn. In another corner of the same room, there is sadness about a career that could be ruined. Matt Cassel's run as an NFL starter has come to an end for the time being, and perhaps forever. Crennel summed it up with his simple explanation of why Quinn, and not Cassel, will start Sunday's game against Oakland at Arrowhead Stadium -- and remain the Chiefs' starting quarterback for the foreseeable future. "My biggest deal was my gut (feeling) in telling me that I needed to impact the team by changing the dynamic -- by having a different dynamic," Crennel said. "Brady Quinn is the guy I want to go with."

The Kansas City Star

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October 24, 2012  08:05 AM ET

It's not just about Cassell. Every coach makes a career-defining decision at some point in his tenure with a team. This could be the one for Crennell that could solidify his place as the leader of the team or get him fired.

October 24, 2012  08:13 AM ET

He's standing in the intersection and trucks are coming from all directions.

October 24, 2012  08:22 AM ET

I went down to the crossroads, fell down on my knees.
I went down to the crossroads, fell down on my knees.
Asked the Lord above for mercy, "Save me if you please."

October 24, 2012  08:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I went down to the crossroads, fell down on my knees.I went down to the crossroads, fell down on my knees.Asked the Lord above for mercy, "Save me if you please."

sounds like a prayer Goodell says every morning.

October 24, 2012  08:24 AM ET

O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?
Deny thy Castle and spurn thy Chief;
Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my coach,
And I'll no longer be a Quinn.
'Tis but my line that is my enemy;
Thou art thyself, though not a Missourian.
What's Missourian? it is nor pass, nor run,
Nor block, nor tackle, nor any other play
Belonging to a man. O, be some other name!
What's in a call? that which we call a pick
By any other name would lose the ball;
So Romeo would, were a draw not call'd,
Retain that dear football which he holds
Like unto a loaf. Romeo, doff thy pink cap,
And for that name which is no part of thee
Take all myself.

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October 24, 2012  09:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I went down to the crossroads, fell down on my knees.I went down to the crossroads, fell down on my knees.Asked the Lord above for mercy, "Save me if you please."

Well I'm standing at the crossroads,
I believe I'm sinking down.

October 24, 2012  09:21 AM ET

Cassell.......just a one year wonder.....now he's wondering where he's going to go.

October 24, 2012  09:37 AM ET

Anyone who is a QB at KC is necessarily at a career crossroads.

October 24, 2012  09:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Anyone who is a QB at KC is necessarily at a career crossroads.

Not to mention the head coach.

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October 24, 2012  10:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Cassell.......just a one year wonder.....now he's wondering where he's going to go.

He's in the 4th year of a 6-year, 60+ million contract. If he gets cut, which seems likely at the end of the season, he can be somebody's backup for a few years, or he can just retire with what he's already got. That's what I'd do.

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October 24, 2012  11:29 AM ET
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we'll see how thin their skin is....

Now that is funny!

October 24, 2012  11:31 AM ET

Let me Say This About That, somehow The Chiefs have found their way to Buffalo, they can't win a game!! It's got to be killing The Kanas City Fans!!!

October 24, 2012  11:39 AM ET
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O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo...

Absolutely brilliant!

October 24, 2012  11:49 AM ET

His career is not at a crossroads he has found the job he will have for the next 3-5 seasons clipboard holder

 
October 24, 2012  12:24 PM ET

The popular song "Crossroads" by BONE Thugs was about death so I guess the title is totally appropriate. This is the death of Matt's career. - R.I.P. as a starting QB

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