ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 18: Ricky Stanzi #12 of the Kansas City Chiefs looks to get away from Justin Cole #52 of the St. Louis Rams during a pre-season game at the Edward Jones Dome on August 18, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
Matt Cassell was encouraging of backup Ricky Stanzi recently.
Kansas City Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel has yet to name the No. 2 starting quarterback between Brady Quinn and Ricky Stanzi, but starting QB Matt Cassell had some encouraging words for Stanzi in a notebook on on KCChiefs.com.
Stanzi had two turnovers Saturday night against the Chiefs, on on an interception and one on a lost fumble resulting from a sack. Stanzi has completed 5 of 11 passes for 66 yards and no touchdowns through two preseason games. Cassell said it's not that bad, though.
"When you go and watch the film it’s not always as bad as it seems," Cassel said. "I thought Ricky went out there and he competed. Sometimes as a quarterback things don’t go as planned, but the thing I like about Ricky is that he always bounces back. Even after the interception, or if something bad happens, he comes back and says, ‘Okay, what’s next.’
"You’ve got to have that kind of demeanor and I love that about Ricky. He’s ready to come back and ready to get back to work this week. He’s not hanging his head or anything like that and that’s part of playing the quarterback position. You have to take the good with the bad."
Quinn, meanwhile, has completed 12 of 19 passes for 151 yards, a touchdown and a pick. The Chiefs play their third preseason game Friday night at home against the Seattle Seahawks.