Found November 23, 2011 on
Losing your starting quarterback is never an easy thing to handle. Peyton Manning and the Colts would argue it comes second only to the apocalypse on their list of worst case scenarios.
When you’ve got a team accustomed to losing like the Kansas City Chiefs, the coach’s objective is to keep his team playing as hard as they can. Keep the team believing in themselves. But it’s tough to ask your team to believe in them when you, the coach, don’t believe in your own team yourself.
After losing quarterback Matt Cassel for the season, the Chiefs wasted no time claiming former Denver Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton on waivers. When the Chiefs picked up Orton, they told backup quarterbacks Tyler Palko and Ricky Stanzi one thing:
You suck so much in fact, we trust you and your skills less than Tim Tebow’s backup’s backup.
A coach should never give up. But sometimes realism should prevail. Sometimes, accepting inevitability can be a better investment for the future of a program.
It’s time for Todd Haley to face it; it’s not your year. You lost two of your best offensive weapons early on, and one of your top defenders. Now your quarterback is gone for the year.
The Chiefs aren’t going to win the division. They’ll be lucky to be within a game of third place by season’s end. Why not give your backups six games of invaluable snaps and game-fire experience? If Haley and the Chiefs really do have faith in Palko, why not not give him more than two games to prove himself? Why not see what you have in your fifth-round draft pick in Stanzi?
And when it comes to Orton, just how many wins is he good for? The Chiefs’still have the Steelers, Bears, Jets, Packers, Raiders and Broncos on the schedule. Is playing Orton over Palko going to tip the scale against any of those opponents?Not the first four. The Raiders? Hard to say four games in. The Broncos? Certainly not if the Tim “The Chosen One” Tebow keeps forgetting how to lose.
In all likelihood, picking up Orton to play over Palko is good for one win in the next six games. If they’re lucky.
Not a very good show of faith by a coach who needs to be doing everything he can to keep his team believing in itself.
BEST OF MAXIM
The Kansas City Chiefs have officially named quarterback Tyler Palko the starter for Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.The 28-year-old will be making his second start of the season. He went 24-for-37 for 230 yards but was intercepted three times in last week's loss to the New England Patriots.It was thought Kyle Orton, who was claimed on waivers from the Denver...
Tyler Palko is expected to make his second straight start for the Kansas City Chiefs in Sunday night's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Kansas City Star reported that Kyle Orton, who was claimed on waivers by the Chiefs on Wednesday, will probably start in Week 13.
Palko had a solid first half in Monday's loss at New England, but wound up throwing three interceptions...
Tyler Palko caught the New England Patriots off guard in his first NFL start and Ryan Succop's 26-yard field goal lifted the Kansas City Chiefs to a 3-0 lead after the first quarter on Monday night.
Palko completed five of six passes for 39 yards in the period as Kansas City outgained New England 103 to 33.
Thomas Jones had a 26-yard run during Kansas City's scoring drive...
Kansas City Chiefs quarter Tyler Palko talks about the past history he had with the Pittsburgh Steelers and living in western Pennsylvania. 11/23/11 (Video by John Sleezer/The Kansas City Star)
Tyler Palko caught the New England Patriots off guard in his first NFL start and Ryan Succop's 26-yard field goal lifted the Kansas City Chiefs to a 3-0 lead after the first quarter on Monday night. Palko completed five of six passes for 39 yards in the period as Kansas City outgained New England 103 to 33.
LAST WEEK STRAIGHT UP: 9-5
SEASON STRAIGHT UP: 101-59
LAST WEEK VS. SPREAD: 9-5
SEASON VS. SPREAD: 85-72-3
STEELERS (-10) AT CHIEFS
Big Ben will be playing despite a fractured thumb, or at least that was the report early in the week. It's likely Romeo Crennel will gear his defense around stopping the run, knowing that Big Ben won't be zipping any fastballs to his receivers...
Chiefs coach Todd Haley said that there were many things to be encouraged about in quarterback Tyler Palko's first start on Monday night.
The Tyler Palko era, which got its start only last week, is nearing its end. The Chiefs brought in some competition for Palko on Wednesday when they claimed Kyle Orton, a veteran quarterback with extensive starting experience, off waivers from Denver. Orton, 29, began the season as Denver's starter but was benched last month in favor of Tim Tebow.
Kansas City Chiefs coach Todd Haley said Tyler Palko would start Sunday night’s game against Pittsburgh at Arrowhead Stadium but said newly acquired quarterback Kyle Orton could be available as a backup.