Chiefs' Cassel will have competition at QB

Kansas City Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel and general manager Scott Pioli both said Wednesday that starting quarterback Matt Cassel can expect some competition for the starting job this fall, according to the Kansas City Star.

“What happens in free agency remains to be seen,” Crennel said. “I know competition makes everybody better, and we’ll just have to see what kind of competition we’re going to have at the quarterback position.”

Currently, the Chiefs have Cassel and Ricky Stanzi, who did not play at all his rookie season. Kyle Orton, whom the Chiefs claimed off waivers from Denver, is a free agent, but could return. If not, the Chiefs could add a QB in free agency or the draft.

“We’ve been saying it for three years, and I’m going to continue to say it, because it’s a core part of our philosophy: There will be increased competition at every position, including the quarterback position,” Pioli said. “Who that is, I don’t know. Maybe it’s Kyle (Orton), maybe it’s another free agent, maybe it’s a draft choice, I don’t know.
“Very few people can perform at an extremely high level without competition.”

The Chiefs have interviewed quarterbacks coach Jim Zorn and their former OC Al Saunders for the offensive coordinator's spot, vacated this week when Bill Muir retired. The Chiefs also have to find another o-line coach (Muir held that role, too) and need a new director of college scouting as Phil Emery became the Chicago Bears general manager.

So there will be plenty of shifting and shuffling in the coming weeks in Kansas City.

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