Perhaps it doesn't have the ring of Peytonpalooza, or of Tebow Time, but the Brady Quinn Era will continue indefinitely in Kansas City, according to Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel.
Quinn had started in place of the injured Matt Cassel in KC's Week 6 blowout loss to Tampa Bay, and Cassel, who's in the fourth season of a six-year, $63M contract, has been cleared to play this week.
Says Crennel about making clear that Quinn is the starter:
I want (Quinn) to be the starting quarterback without having to look over his shoulder. There’s going to be no quick hook or anything like that.
There you have it. After two years in Denver where he never attempted a pass, and was leapfrogged on the 2011 Broncos depth chart by a player he'd reportedly thoroughly beaten in training camp, the 2007 first-rounder is finally getting his post-Cleveland chance in earnest.
He'll do so leading a Chiefs team attempting to pull into a 2-5 tie with the visiting Raiders.
Chargers done with Kaeding
As for the other team in the West, the Chargers have decided to cut bait with kicker Nate Kaeding, whom they placed on IR Monday for the second straight season. The most accurate regular-season kicker in NFL history - albeit during an era of unprecedented NFL kicking accuracy - Kaeding is a former All-Pro and two-time Pro Bowler, but has struggled mightily to match that production in the postseason.
In eight playoff games for San Diego, Kaeding is just 8/15 on field-goal attempts, missing a would-be overtime game-winner against the Jets during his rookie season, and failing to convert on three FG tries against the Jets in the 2009 playoffs - a game the Chargers would lose by three points.
During the 2006 playoffs, Kaeding missed on a 54-yard attempt that would have sent San Diego and New England into overtime.
The Iowa product missed the entired 2011 season after tearing knee ligaments on the year's opening kickoff, and he's been sidelined for several weeks with a groin injury. San Diego will release the 30-year-old kicker once he's medically cleared, and he will be free to sign with whichever team wants him to blow a key playoff FG attempt.