Happy Game Day, Addicts!
The Kansas City Chiefs have been pretty coy about just what they have in store for us today. Todd Haley keeps insisting that Tyler Palko is the starter but short of a major turnaround by the former Pitt QB, you have to believe we’ll see Kyle Orton today. I’m still holding to my theory that the Chiefs will use two QBs and a lot of trickery. I think Haley’s going all in. It might not be pretty but I think today’s game is going to be very, very interesting.
We’ll have more on the game late but until then, here is your Morning Fix!
Injuries have exposed a roster woefully lacking in depth (the general manager’s fault) that have muddied an already complicated picture of whether Haley is the right guy.
Because this is damning of Palko: his 20 drives in two games have produced eight punts, six interceptions, four field goals, one fumble, one turnover on downs and zero touchdowns.
But this will be worse for Haley: if Palko starts, continues his tricycle act, and the Chiefs look inept because of it in another loss.
The Chiefs and Kansas City have no idea yet what they’ll get from Orton, but they at least know what they need from him. This team, at 4-7 and churning through the quicksand of a four-game losing streak, needs a leader. Orton has the experience and the pedigree. Among other unknowns — for now, Tyler Palko remains the Chiefs’ starter, though Orton could play today at Soldier Field in Chicago — is how committed he is to being the man his new team needs him to be, or even playing that role for five more weeks.
“We haven’t really been in this situation yet since we’ve all been here, but we’re to that point in the year where we are in it,” Chiefs head coach Todd Haley said. “We aren’t one of the teams that are out of it and we’ve got our work cut out for us,”
In Haley’s first season as head coach, the Chiefs were completely out of the playoff picture by the time December arrived. Last year, Kansas City’s led the AFC West from Week One through Week 17.
It is not too early to wonder where Peyton Manning will be playing next season. If the Colts end up with the No. 1 pick, don’t trade it and take Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, and if the Colts decide against keeping both players, Manning could be traded or released.
In an Insider piece, Mel Kiper looks at the teams that he thinks are the most likely destinations for Manning if he becomes available. The Chiefs are fourth on his list. I could see the reason why, but I’d be surprised if it happened. Still, Kiper correctly, in my opinion, argues the Chiefs would be the team to beat in the West with Manning as their quarterback. The combination of a healthy Kansas City roster and Manning would be pretty nice.
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