Over the weekend, we almost wrote a post on Brodie Croyle appearing to pass Tyler Thigpen on Kansas City’s quarterback depth chart. Ultimately, it didn’t make the cut.
On Tuesday, Kansas City Star writer Kent Babb wrote that he thought Croyle was playing so well, “he’s threatening [Matt] Cassel’s job.“
Now that’s a post.
Babb’s bold declaration — on Twitter, not in the newspaper — defies logic. Not only did the Chiefs trade for Cassel to be the starter, they handed him a huge contract only a month ago.
Seeing Cassel on the bench would be the most surprising development of a preseason in which Michael Vick became Donovan McNabb’s teammate.
Then again, Chiefs coach Todd Haley didn’t douse water on the notion Tuesday. Asked if Cassel has been the best quarterback in camp, Haley said: “I’ll hold off on answering that.”
We’ve read that Cassel has been inconsistent at times, but overall the reviews of his camp performance have been positive. Croyle played well in Kansas City’s preseason opener, but it’s hard to believe that would be enough to threaten Cassel.
It is clear, though, that Tyler Thigpen is the forgotten man in Kansas City. Babb wonders if Thigpen will even make the team.
It’s also clear that Chiefs coach Todd Haley thinks his team needs some tough love after the Herm Edwards era. Asked Tuesday about Brett Favre’s return, Haley turned the focus back inward.
“I’m just worried about this house. It’s on fire, and I’m trying to keep it from burning down.”
Your 2009 Kansas City Chiefs, ladies and gentlemen!