KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- As a former first-round draft pick once considered the savior of another franchise, quarterback Brady Quinn wasn't about to celebrate the news that he had officially been selected the Chiefs' top backup to Matt Cassel.
"Everyone wants to be a starter in this league and play on the field," Quinn said. "That's the ultimate time you'd be pretty happy having a title of sorts."
Even if Quinn wasn't impressed, it was big news for the Chiefs, though not a surprise. Quinn has more experience than his competition, Ricky Stanzi, and outplayed him during the preseason.
Coach Romeo Crennel cited Quinn's experience as the big factor. Quinn, a first-round pick by Cleveland in 2007, started 12 games for the Browns over three seasons.
Stanzi, a rookie last season, has never played in a regular-season NFL game.
"That's the main thing I feel like will benefit us the most," Crennel said. "He (Quinn) has experience in games. Both guys have good ability, and they both competed and worked very hard."
Stanzi will stay with the Chiefs as their third quarterback.
"He's a good, young player with a lot of talent, and he has a lot of upside to him," Crennel said.
Because of the difference in experience, Stanzi needed to clearly win the competition, and that didn't happen. In their perfect world, the Chiefs would have loved to see Stanzi win the job. Not only was he their fifth-round pick last season, but he is signed through 2014. Quinn is on a one-year contract.
But Stanzi didn't claim the job. Heading into Thursday night's final preseason game against the Packers in Green Bay, Quinn has completed 59 percent of his throws with a passer rating of 76.1. Stanzi has completed 46 percent and has a quarterback rating of 27.1.