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Croyle making a move in Kansas City?

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!

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34 Responses to “Croyle making a move in Kansas City?”
  1. empty13 says: Aug 18, 2009 8:45 PM

    over
    the
    top

  2. veistran says: Aug 18, 2009 8:54 PM

    Babb has no idea what he’s talking about when it comes to football. He’s almost as informed about football as a casual fan so take what he says with an extra large grain of salt.

  3. Poo Flinging Monkey says: Aug 18, 2009 8:56 PM

    Yes, Croyle looked great… against the second and third team defenses! Babb and the KC Star are a dying breed, like dinosaurs and people who can name all 50 states. , Like many journalists, Babb is taking a contrarian approach in a lame and fruitless effort at attracting readers.
    Only Gregg fell for it.

  4. meezle says: Aug 18, 2009 8:57 PM

    I think they’re going to suprise some people

  5. BetterThanYou says: Aug 18, 2009 9:00 PM

    Wait, so you’re telling me that every article posted here made it past some sort of review? Some make the cut, some don’t? If what gets posted here is the quality stuff I’d hate to see what doesn’t make it.

  6. bednarik60 says: Aug 18, 2009 9:10 PM

    It’s surprising, but not that surprising. I was never a believer in Cassel.

  7. aj says: Aug 18, 2009 9:11 PM

    I wish we played the AFC West this year.
    Sincerely,
    Every team other than San Diego

  8. Brewster says: Aug 18, 2009 9:13 PM

    The reason he knows it’s on fire, is that he lit the match.

  9. chieffandm says: Aug 18, 2009 9:14 PM

    Well, Croyle is throwing to Bowe and Bradley and Cassel has Terrence Copper and Devard Darling. Not to mention, until yesterday the McIntosh Expressway was wide open.

  10. moral-authority says: Aug 18, 2009 9:19 PM

    Surprised? Cassel inconsistent, no. Brody Croyle, yes! Cassel played on a Patriot team that had the easiest schedule in the NFL; & being in the AFC East didn’t hurt either. No playoffs. Bench guy his entire career, basically. The Chiefs made him a franchise player from one year in NE. Market ain’t big enough for Gonzales & Cassel. Haley didn’t wait for him to cuss him out on the sideline.

  11. BleedGreen says: Aug 18, 2009 9:19 PM

    Cassel was a system QB. Brady is a system QB. Thats evidenced by the fact that a guy that hasn’t played a game since high school came in and went 11-5, throwing for over 3600 yards and 21 touchdowns. The guy was throwing to Randy Moss and Wes Welker. Now he’s throwing to Bobby Engram and Dwayne Bowe, a broken down Larry Johnson, and not-Tony Gonzales.

  12. Brewster says: Aug 18, 2009 9:23 PM

    If Thygpen doesn’t make the team there’s room for him in Denver.
    Haley deserves both Cassell & Croyle. The train wreck in KC is moving almost as fast down the tracks as the train wreck in Denver.
    Maybe next time there are so many HC openings there won’t be such a lemming-like rush to hire unproven offensive coordinators

  13. mustbechris says: Aug 18, 2009 9:24 PM

    I think what Haley doesn’t understand is that he’s not the firefighter, he’s the arsonist.

  14. Common Sense says: Aug 18, 2009 9:26 PM

    Wow Cassel must be bad cause Croyle is AWFUL!!!

  15. hayward giablommi says: Aug 18, 2009 9:56 PM

    “Brady is a system QB.”
    Pffffffft.

  16. Bob Sacamano says: Aug 18, 2009 10:10 PM

    Croyle is a solid player. The problem is he’s made of glass.

  17. gameday says: Aug 18, 2009 10:13 PM

    where is that b!atch BBQ?
    Mr. thinks he knows everything about the Chiefs.
    Where R U sissy?
    too busy sucking the Cheatriots fans balls?

  18. RogerSucks says: Aug 18, 2009 10:20 PM

    “Brady is a system QB”
    Yeah, a system QB who went to the AFC title game with Reche Caldwell and Jabar Gaffney as his main targets.
    Seems like a system QB- along with Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Big Ben and Phillip Rivers. I’m sure that the other 27 teams teams in the league would take any of them in a second.

  19. rockotica says: Aug 18, 2009 10:33 PM

    hey brewster…no kidding there’s room for him in the rockies; there’s room for u and i at qb!
    babb is a reporter. he does not know much. he proves it when he says thig might not make the team. it’s interesting and encouraging for kc, but croyle has a track records that just speaks for itself. not saying he can’t rebound and be good, but will haley and pioli REALLY have the stones to sit a 36 mll guaranteed new aquisition and allow croyle to enter the season at number one? will croyle really get a fair shake in kc ever again? outlook not good.
    and those who have made the points about cassel’s wr’s and croyle’s is right on; dbowe can make alot of ppl look good.
    keep it up florio, chiefs in the rumor mill is a nice new twist.

  20. stlchiefs says: Aug 18, 2009 11:15 PM

    We will see soon enough who is cut and who remains and how things evolve. The Chiefs are not even out of training camp and some idiots (e.g., bednarik60) are already commenting that they were “never a believer in Cassel.” How can you say that yet? The real season hasn’t even started! Wake up or shut up. And then there are clueless, uneducated individuals like AJ and Brewster who post comments that make no sense at all. I won’t waste time with one of the comments, but to Brewster’s comment I must say that yes, Denver is clearly trying to clean up after an offseason train wreck, but what does that have to do with KC? KC’s train wreck was clearly the Herm era, but this offseason has brought positive changes in personnel and attitude and the Chiefs are clearly on the road to recovery. That is absolutely not the situation in Denver just yet. Wake up people.

  21. meezle says: Aug 18, 2009 11:18 PM

    The arsonist, that’s funny

  22. BleedGreen says: Aug 18, 2009 11:25 PM

    RogerSucks says: August 18, 2009 10:20 PM
    “Brady is a system QB”
    Yeah, a system QB who went to the AFC title game with Reche Caldwell and Jabar Gaffney as his main targets.
    Just how did Cassell step in and do just as well as Brady had? I’m not a Brady hater, but by your definition, McNabb is just as good as Brady. He went to the NFC Title game with Pinkston and James Thrash as his main targets. He’s been to the title game more times than Brady has.

  23. bbq says: Aug 19, 2009 12:41 AM

    gameday said:
    “where is that b!atch BBQ?
    Mr. thinks he knows everything about the Chiefs.
    Where R U sissy?
    too busy sucking the Cheatriots fans balls?”
    Aw, that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
    Anyway, Cassel isn’t in danger of losing his job. Brodie played against 2nd stringers and was throwing to Bowe and Bradley. Cassel would have had a better outing if he receivers had actually caught the ball.
    Not to mention Cassel will start because of all the money he’s getting paid.
    And even if Brodie did start over Cassel, he’d just get injured anyway.

  24. footballnut says: Aug 19, 2009 8:33 AM

    @bleedgreen:
    Brady won three superbowls without Moss and Welker…nearly won the fourth, but we all know what happened there.
    It was long debated what would happen to Brady’s numbers once he had weapons like Manning and guess what, he was exponentially better…
    But to call Brady a system QB shows that you lack a little bit of the game’s knowledge. Cassel may very well be that as he only had one year to start and did in fact have Moss and Welker, but Brady is in another realm, sorry to burst your bubble.
    But before you quit on Cassel wait for the regular season to start, I’m actually quite excited to see what KC does this year even though I’m a Pats fan.
    And let’s be honest, getting to the NFC title game is not the same as the AFC…San Diego, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, New England just to name a few would be the top four just about every year in the NFC easily…
    I guess at the end of the day most QBs are system QBs as a proper front office would build the right personnel around that particular QBs strengths…makes sense to me. You put Brady in KC they are instant contenders.

  25. Big Cat E says: Aug 19, 2009 8:58 AM

    Haley just needed to say “Child please!”

  26. rockotica says: Aug 19, 2009 9:39 AM

    stlchief = solid

  27. patsSB44champs says: Aug 19, 2009 10:33 AM

    I think Cassel will experience his growing pains in KC because as we saw the other night, he doesn’t seem to have a line that can keep him standing. Nevertheless, Todd Haley has raved about Cassel’s leadership and work ethic thus far, so I think Cassel will ultimately be successful in Kansas City. This Pats fan is rooting for him.
    On a side note, I’d like all Chiefs fans to know that Belichick fleeced Pioli on the trade. Cassel will help you out, but the draft pick we got in return (#34) was used on a guy who will be an All-Pro one day (Pat Chung).

  28. patsSB44champs says: Aug 19, 2009 10:36 AM

    BleedGreen says:
    August 18, 2009 9:19 PM
    Cassel was a system QB. Brady is a system QB. Thats evidenced by the fact that a guy that hasn’t played a game since high school came in and went 11-5, throwing for over 3600 yards and 21 touchdowns. The guy was throwing to Randy Moss and Wes Welker. Now he’s throwing to Bobby Engram and Dwayne Bowe, a broken down Larry Johnson, and not-Tony Gonzales.
    “System QB’s” don’t throw 50 TD passes. “System QB’s” don’t make the toughest throws look effortless. All-time great QB’s like Tom Brady can play in any system.

  29. BigBear says: Aug 19, 2009 10:49 AM

    Are the chargers the only team that doesn’t have issues in this division? Maybe aside from a soft coach.
    Chargers can win all division games and lose the rest and make the playoffs at 8-8.
    They are better than that, hopefully looking at 10-6 due to tough schedule, 12-4 is not out of question, specially with 8 easy wins.

  30. SDKCFAN says: Aug 19, 2009 12:09 PM

    Brody Croyle-what a laugh! Tyler Thigpen WILL be Kansas City’s starting quarterback by the time the season starts. Cassel will be the backup and Croyle will be the 3rd string backup. Chiefs were really stupid for paying Cassel so much when he hadn’t really played.

  31. dolfan565 says: Aug 19, 2009 3:33 PM

    Uhhhh BigBear…
    Chargers only play 6 games in their division.

  32. gooboy6 says: Aug 19, 2009 4:04 PM

    Cassell will start game one because Haley has 60 million rea$on$ to $tart him

  33. PypersRealm says: Aug 19, 2009 5:42 PM

    Wow…Talk about hysteria.
    Cassel played what, two possessions of one preseason game? He was 2/5 with two drops by the receivers and no picks and suddenly he’s the worst QB ever?
    Me thinks there is something seriously wrong with the sports media and perhaps the simpletons that frequently allow themselves to be manipulated by it.
    It’s a too bad the Swine Flu doesn’t just target the dumb gene. Then again, if it did, it would probably be a pretty lonely world.

  34. texasPHINSfan says: Aug 20, 2009 2:23 PM

    how on earth could thigpen be a forgotten guy? he played pretty damn well last year with a team that didn’t seem to be giving it’s 100%.
    thigpen could probably be a starter on 2-3 other teams in the league, at the very least a 2nd stringer on probably 10 teams.
    odd to me, this is.

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