On Now
Coming Up
  • Fri., Feb. 12, 2016 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM EST Poe Grams Poe will be available to surprise your loved one at work, home, or school. Poe will be stocking up for your Valentine at Giant Food, Smyth Jewelers, and Merritt Athletic Clubs to create a memorable experience that your loved one won’t forget!
  • Sat., Feb. 20, 2016 10:00 AM EST Cheerleader Prep Clinic The purpose of the clinic is to provide prospective cheerleaders with the best preparation for try-outs on March 5th.
  • Sat., Mar. 05, 2016 9:30 AM EST Cheerleader Tryouts Come join us and become part of the best cheerleading program in the NFL!
  • Sat., Mar. 12, 2016 11:00 AM EST Playmakers Tryouts The Playmakers are the Ravens promotional team. Come join us and become part of the best organization in the NFL.
  • Sat., Apr. 02, 2016 11:00 AM EDT Marching Ravens Tryouts Come join us and become part of the best marching band in the NFL!
  • Sat., Apr. 02, 2016 2:00 PM EDT Torrey Smith Charity Basketball Game Former Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith announced that his annual charity basketball game will return to Baltimore on April 2 at Royal Farms Arena.
  • Thu., Apr. 28, 2016 8:00 PM EDT NFL Draft The 2016 NFL Draft will be held from April 28-30 in Chicago, IL.
  • Fri., Apr. 29, 2016 7:00 PM EDT NFL Draft The 2016 NFL Draft will be held from April 28-30 in Chicago, IL.
  • Sat., Apr. 30, 2016 12:00 PM EDT NFL Draft The 2016 NFL Draft will be held from April 28-30 in Chicago, IL.
  • Thu., Jun. 02, 2016 8:00 AM EDT Ravens Beach Bash This summer will mark the 5th annual Ravens Ocean City Beach Bash, presented by Miller Lite, June 2-4 in Ocean City, Md. Join Ravens Players, Cheerleaders, Playmakers, Band, Mascots and talent from 98Rock and Miller Lite as they turn Ocean City into Ravenstown for the weekend.

News

Print
RSS

Chiefs Not Tipping Their Hand On Starting Quarterback

Posted Oct 3, 2012

But the Ravens are preparing to see Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel under center.


Chiefs Head Coach Romeo Crennel isn’t tipping his hand on who his starting quarterback will be this Sunday.

But the Ravens seem to believe usual starter Matt Cassel will be under center.

Speaking to the Baltimore media Wednesday, Crennel shut down multiple questions about Cassel, who threw three interceptions last week against San Diego and now has seven picks to five touchdowns.

“We’re going to go into the game and we’re going to do what we think is best for our team to give ourselves the best chance to win,” Crennel said. “I’m not going to discuss a short leash or anything like that.”

Crennel said backup quarterback Brady Quinn, who some pundits are speculating could get the start or at least see snaps, will see the same amount of first-team practice work this week as in previous weeks.

The head coach was asked whether he will advise Cassel to protect the ball better, especially as Cassel is set to face a Ravens team that has eight turnovers (four interceptions) in four games.

“I tell all my players that we need to play better,” Crennel said. “That’s why we’re in the situation that we’re in [at 1-3], because we as a team have not played well enough.”

Head Coach John Harbaugh said the Ravens always look at a team’s backup quarterback in their preparations every week, but said “we’re going to have to deal with Matt Cassel this Sunday.”

“We’ve played against Brady and we know how talented he is,” Harbaugh said. “But, Matt Cassel is not to be underestimated by any stretch.”

“I’m definitely going in with the mindset that Matt Cassel is the starter because he is,” linebacker Jameel McClain added.

Cassel still has the ability to put up big numbers. The 2010 Pro Bowler is averaging 265 passing yards per game this season. His best game was in Buffalo, where he threw for 301 yards and tossed two touchdowns to one interception.

“He’s put together a great season,” Harbaugh said. “He’s put together great games. He knows that offense, that New England style offense, that they play.”

Cassel isn’t the only reason why the Chiefs are off to a 1-3 start. It’s turnovers in general.

The Chiefs have the NFL’s fourth-ranked offense and their defense is a respectable 13th in the league. But they are last in the NFL in turnover ratio (-13) and have given the ball up a league-high 15 times.

The Ravens capitalized on the Chiefs’ mistakes the last time they played at Arrowhead Stadium in the divisional playoffs in 2011.

Kansas City coughed up the ball five times, including three in the third quarter alone. Interestingly, all three interceptions and two fumble recoveries were made by players no longer with the Ravens: Dawan Landry, Haruki Nakamura, Josh Wilson, Chris Carr and Brandon McKinney.

“They aren’t back then who they are now,” McClain said. “It’s not really a blueprint. What they’ve done up to this point is a blueprint for who they are.”

Please Note

The opinions, analysis and/or speculation expressed on BaltimoreRavens.com represent those of individual authors, and unless quoted or clearly labeled as such, do not represent the opinions or policies of the Baltimore Ravens' organization, front office staff, coaches and executives. Authors' views are formulated independently from any inside knowledge and/or conversations with Ravens officials, including the coaches and scouts, unless otherwise noted.

Related News

Recent Videos

Recent Photos