Who Will Romeo Crennel Start At QB vs. Packers?


The Kansas City Chiefs will attempt to be the first team in about a year to defeat the Green Bay Packers.

Yeah. Good luck with that.

Still, with the firing of Todd Haley, while the biggest upset win of the season may not be in the cards, there is the opportunity for change in the Chiefs offense.

Interim head coach Romeo Crennel is now free to roll with whatever QB he thinks gives the team the best chance to win.

But who will he chose?

Crennel has two, possibly three options at his disposal. He could choose to continue on with Tyler Palko but considering the Palko-led offense was the straw that broke the back of the camel Todd Haley was riding on, Crennel may not want to continue down that road.

The likely choice will be rookie QB Ricky Stanzi. While Stanzi hasn’t played football in a live game since the preseason, Crennel may be tempted to see what the team has in the young QB. Starting Stanzi makes sense for a number of reasons. Crennel is likely a leading candidate to land the KC coaching job going forward so he may well want to know what he has in Stanzi. Come to that, Scott Piloli, who drafted Stanzi, probably wants to know what he has. I wouldn’t be shocked if Pioli has told Crennel that he wants to see Stanzi for the rest of the year.

The wild card in all of this is obviously Kyle Orton. Orton injured his finger in his only snap two weeks against the Chicago Bears. While Orton might be the best QB on the roster at this point, he has had very little practice with his teammates. He was limited all last week and was listed as doubtful before sitting out the game against the Jets. To have a shot at being productive against the Packers, Orton would likely need to practice in a full capacity all week. Even then he might still struggle.

Bringing Orton on board made sense when the Chiefs still had a chance to win the AFC West. Now that they are all but mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, the situation has changed. The Chiefs will never admit it but they are at the point where they need to start evaluating their players for next season. Orton isn’t likely coming back to KC and starting him now would only waste valuable playing time for Ricky Stanzi.

What do you think, Addicts? Who should the Chiefs start at QB against the Packers?

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