It’s game day, Addicts. The Kansas City Chiefs and new head coach Rome Crennel will go for a world-shocking victory today over the Green Bay Packers. It might be improbable but upsets happen all the time. That is why they play the game.
Regardless of the outcome, there are plenty of reasons to watch today. The continued development of Justin Houston alone is a great reason to tune in. Houston looks as though he could be special and watching his development allows us to glimpse the team’s future. We’ll also get our first extended look at Kyle Orton at QB. Having a seasoned passer under center should go a long way toward the continued development of Jonathan Baldwin.
We’ll see you at game time for the live open thread but until then, here is your Morning Fix!
The Kyle Orton era begins Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium with a rare second chance for a non-division quarterback to take down the undefeated Green Bay Packers.
Orton previously started against the defending Super Bowl Champions in early October, throwing for three touchdowns and three interceptions in Denver’s 49-23 loss at Lambeau Field. Denver made an in-game switch to Tim Tebow the following week and Orton was claimed off waivers by Kansas City some six weeks later.
“I would think (Packers GM) Ted Thompson would probably tell you that Ron Wolf started that philosophy and I believe that it’s definitely the right philosophy,” Green Bay head coach Mike McCarthy said. “The quarterback position is the most important on the football field and you should never pass on a prospect regardless of a situation on your roster and that’s something that has been in place here for a long time.”
When Rodgers kept sliding down draft boards in 2005 and fell into the Packers’ lap at pick No. 24, Green Bay had no choice but to take the player they had rated as its best available.
Crennel has made minor tweaks to the pre-practice stretching routine, meeting times and lifting schedules already. He held Friday practice at the team’s training facility rather than at Arrowhead Stadium and has been incredibly forthcoming with the injury surrounding QB Kyle Orton.
Orton, by the way, has been cleared to play and will start Sunday’s game against Green Bay.
At the same time, before he has even coached a game as the interim head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs. Some people are pointing to Romeo Crennel staying on as the Chiefs permanent head coach despite his slightly abysmal record as the “top dawg” in the Cleveland Browns locker room a ‘hip’ and a half ago. To me, that opinion will shift greatly if the Green Bay Packers crush the Chiefs at home tomorrow and people get over the informed feeling that is watching a recent Romeo Crennel press conference (the comparison to Todd Haley is night and day.)