Chiefs rolling the dice with inexperienced backup QBs


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.

19 responses to “Chiefs rolling the dice with inexperienced backup QBs

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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. 🙂

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

  5. 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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