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Chiefs rolling the dice with inexperienced backup QBs

Ricky Stanzi, Tyler Palko, Matt Cassel AP

Matt Cassel’s strong 2010 campaign has him firmly ensconced as the Chiefs franchise quarterback.  The drop from Cassel to the next best quarterback on the roster is a steep one.

Tyler Palko and rookie Ricky Stanzi are the next two quarterbacks on the depth chart.  Palko has been cut by three NFL teams and has thrown six NFL passes.  Stanzi was a fifth-round pick this year.

It’s possible the Chiefs could pick up a veteran.  Former Chiefs backup Brodie Croyle is one player still out there.

“We have to continue to monitor, pay attention to who’s available, pay attention to how our guys are developing because they are young developing players,” coach Todd Haley said via the Kansas City Star. “I know they’re both making progress.”

The quarterback situation isn’t the only notable part of the initial depth chart. Jerheme Urban remains the team’s No. 2 receiver.  He continues to run as a starter with first-round draft pick Jonathan Baldwin limited by a sore hamstring.  Offseason pickup Steve Breaston looks locked into the No. 3 receiver role.

At running back Thomas Jones continues to be listed as the “starter” over Jamaal Charles, although Charles is expected to get a bigger share of the workload this year.

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19 Responses to “Chiefs rolling the dice with inexperienced backup QBs”
  1. capslockkey says: Aug 10, 2011 11:48 AM

    Neither of those guys can be any worse than Brodie Croyle.

  2. dizzle1016 says: Aug 10, 2011 11:56 AM

    They should call the Broncos. All 3 of their QBs are solid Back Ups.

  3. dcsween says: Aug 10, 2011 12:20 PM

    This is where a guy like Daunte Culpepper would fit nicely.

  4. lunarpie says: Aug 10, 2011 12:27 PM

    More like, take out Matt Cassell and the Chefs are finished.

  5. mthomashoover says: Aug 10, 2011 12:34 PM

    Culpepper wouldn’t fit in with the Chiefs at all. I think the Chiefs are comfortable with their guys, or would’ve made a move by now. I wouldn’t be surprised if they watch for a player to be cut, but if one doesn’t come available, I think they’ll stand pat.

  6. cardsfann1 says: Aug 10, 2011 12:37 PM

    That is quite a large drop off at the qb position. However Breaston is leaps and bounds a better wide out option. He is a solid number 2 to take pressure off of Bowe.

  7. polishrod says: Aug 10, 2011 12:39 PM

    This is how you become a mediocre team…. waiting for another team’s garbage to fall in your lap.

  8. vahawker says: Aug 10, 2011 12:50 PM

    Palko has thrown 6 NFL passes? Hawks might give up a third round pick for him.

  9. jacksaysfu says: Aug 10, 2011 1:05 PM

    And their still better then the Redskins QB’s. !

  10. jacksaysfu says: Aug 10, 2011 1:11 PM

    And the skins just give KC a 1st rd pick for Ricky Stanzi. Shanahan says Stanzi puts Montana to shame.

  11. 3octaveFart says: Aug 10, 2011 1:15 PM

    Oh I dunno, Palko looked pretty good in “The Replacements”.

  12. CKL says: Aug 10, 2011 1:44 PM

    It is rolling the dice yes, but a lot of teams do it. It’s just tough to justify spending that type of $$ on a backup QB when you have a starter making good $$. Yes I know the Chiefs are under the cap, but still.

    You think the Pats are in better shape w/ Hoyer???? They had him as the sole backup when TB was coming off ACL surgery and Hoyer was a rookie. It was scary, and I like Hoyer. But then again it was a little scary having just Cassel pretty much as TB’s backup going into 08 when Cassel was coming off a horrendous preseason that had a lot of us wondering if he would even stay on the team. We saw how that worked out. :)

  13. godofware says: Aug 10, 2011 1:48 PM

    The Chiefs have a great back up QB . . . it’s just a shame he’s their starter.

  14. paulbrownsrevenge says: Aug 10, 2011 2:06 PM

    Tyler Palko was terrible at Pitt. I’m shocked to see him in the league.

  15. riverhorsey says: Aug 10, 2011 2:14 PM

    Either one would rip the Raiders to shreds.

  16. BroncoNick says: Aug 10, 2011 2:29 PM

    Ensconced….
    You’re cool Rosenthal.

  17. ud1hens says: Aug 10, 2011 3:40 PM

    Where are all the tools that said Flacco couldn’t beat out Palko at Pitt and that’s why he transferred?

  18. trickbunny says: Aug 10, 2011 3:46 PM

    Wow, the Chiefs QB line-up makes the Redskins debacle of Grossman/Beck/Clemmons look like Brady/Manning/Montana.

  19. punkymagee says: Aug 11, 2011 9:55 AM

    Ricky Stanzi may be a relative unknown, but as a Hawkeyes fan, I can tell you this guy has improved every year of his college career. Each year he threw more TDs and fewer interceptions, leading to a 25/6 senior year. I was as shocked as anybody when the Chiefs drafted him, but I believe that Pioli sees a guy who is still improving and can be developed into a solid back-up. And please tell me this article is not actually suggesting that we might want to pick up Croyle again? There’s a reason that tool was set adrift…he’s horrible! I’d rather roll the dice with Palko and Stanzi.

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