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Will Chiefs make a QB change soon?

10/3/2012

Adam Schefter answers reader questions in his mailbag on Wednesdays during the NFL season. Got a query of your own? Submit it here.


Q: A lot has been made about Jay Cutler's attitude at the QB position for the Chicago Bears. Does it matter as long as he's getting the job done? Or does he need to set a better example for his team?

-- Darryl (Nebraska)

A: It would be nice if he set a better example, Darryl, but here's the deal: As long as the Bears play the way they did Monday night, and have the same type of winning percentage they do now, Cutler can walk away from whichever coach he wants, whenever he wants. If he's winning, it doesn't matter. Now would the team like his attitude in certain spots to be better? Sure. But that's one of the main reasons he was available in a trade at such a young age. This is Cutler's history, but it doesn't mean he can't win and be successful.

Q: How long do you think the Kansas City Chiefs will stick with Matt Cassel? Is it time to make a change?

-- Dave (Kansas)

A: Dave: When the head coach doesn't fully back the quarterback, and Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel didn't this past week, it's only a matter of time. The clock is ticking on Cassel and there are widespread calls around Kansas City for Brady Quinn. Crennel had some interesting quotes about how he knows the time to make a switch is when a player is incompetent. His answer indicates it's something he is thinking about, and if Cassel comes up short Sunday against Baltimore, there will be increasing pressure on Crennel to make that move as soon as possible.

Q: Andrew Luck is quietly leading the NFL in QBR, while Robert Griffin III has led the Washington Redskins back to relevance. Who has been more impressive so far this season?

-- Brett (Indiana)

A: Great question, Brett. And not to duck it, but I'm going to say both. Griffin III has made Washington competitive and relevant. He is so dangerous with the football in his hands and has been dynamic. Luck is coming off a bye week, so his accomplishments don't pop as much in our minds this week as they might have a couple of weeks ago, when he led the Colts to a last-minute victory. But Luck has looked so seasoned and poised that it's hard to believe he's a rookie. This could be one of the classic quarterback debates, like John Elway or Dan Marino. And the truth is, if two quarterbacks are that good, you can't lose with either.

Q: Adam, I know the New Orleans Saints aren't this bad, but how are they 0-4? Can they turn this season around? Do they have a shot at the playoffs?

-- Jacob (Louisiana)

A: They better start winning soon, Jacob. But it would be a big surprise to see the Saints turn it around and make the playoffs now. They're already 0-4 in a conference that's loaded with good teams. It's going to take just about a 10-2 finish from here, which isn't out of the realm of possibility but looks difficult -- especially with the way New Orleans' defense is playing. And that's the problem. Does anyone who has watched the Saints this season think that defense can improve enough to help this team get 10 wins in the last 12 games? It's not impossible, but not likely.


Q: Who have you been most impressed with so far this season, Adam. Matt Ryan is having a phenomenal year.

-- Kevin (Oregon)

A: An MVP-type year so far, Kevin, for whatever that's worth after four games. At this time, Ryan looks like the leader in the clubhouse for the MVP, though running back Arian Foster has been very strong, as have AFC North quarterbacks Ben Roethlisberger and Joe Flacco. Lots of good early-season candidates, Ken, but we've got a whole lot of season to go. Ryan looks poised to have easily the best regular season of his career. The real challenge will be how he fares in the postseason.