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Get ready for a lot of Tyler Palko

Ready or not, America is about to become very familiar with Tyler Palko.

The Chiefs quarterback will make his first career start on Monday Night Football against the Patriots.  He’ll make his second career start on Sunday Night Football against the Steelers.

The last time we talked about Palko, Gerald McCoy of the Bucs was calling him “Calabaloo” and “Falko” in the preseason. Palko is on his fourth team and has only thrown 13 career passes.  He’s played in the UFL and Arena League.

We actually wrote an article in August about how the Chiefs were rolling the dice on such inexperienced backups at quarterbacks. Now, G.M. Scott Pioli’s gamble will be tested.

“Tyler has a high, high football IQ,” coach Todd Haley said via the Kansas City Star.

It’s worth noting that Matt Cassel was only able to lead the Chiefs to 13 points in back-to-back home games against the Dolphins and Broncos.  Cassel’s protection was horrendous.

We don’t think this Chiefs season was going anywhere with Cassel. It’s hard to imagine things changing with Palko, but fans all over the country will get a front row seat to find out.

UPDATE: So how did Tyler’s dad Bob, a football coach, find out about the news?

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: “Bob Palko said he hadn’t spoken to Tyler since Sunday and learned the news via”

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24 Responses to “Get ready for a lot of Tyler Palko”
  1. grpatriot says: Nov 15, 2011 10:32 AM

    Sacrificial Lamb time!

  2. veistran says: Nov 15, 2011 10:33 AM

    I’d rather see Slingin’ Dick Stanzi out there than Palko. Palko looked to quote the great Charles Barkley “Turrrrible” in preseason.

  3. 6ball says: Nov 15, 2011 10:37 AM


    “If you don’t have an offensive line, you don’t have an offense ”
    Bill Belichick


  4. pikindaguy says: Nov 15, 2011 10:45 AM

    Wow this is going to be two straight Monday Night games that’ll suck badly.

  5. mcrobbee says: Nov 15, 2011 10:48 AM

    Whew! Its a relief to hear that Palko has a “high high IQ” as Haley describes it. Hopefully Palko’s high IQ will balance out Haleys Low LOW IQ!

    Sleep well Kansas City!

  6. freewayjim says: Nov 15, 2011 10:50 AM

    He was good enough in college to send Joe Flacco packing so maybe he’ll be decent given a chance…..but I doubt it.

  7. dlmcc1010 says: Nov 15, 2011 10:52 AM

    “Tyler has a high, high football IQ,”

    When someone says that it usually means the guy cant throw the ball.

  8. bozosforall says: Nov 15, 2011 10:56 AM

    6ball says:
    Nov 15, 2011 10:37 AM

    “If you don’t have an offensive line, you don’t have an offense ”
    Bill Belichick


    More like:

    “If Tom Brady doesn’t have an offensive line, Tom Brady is screwed ”
    Bill Belichick

  9. Patskrieg dot com says: Nov 15, 2011 11:02 AM

    “Cassel’s protection was horrendous.”

    Hey, do you think it’s bad enough that even Shaun Ellis could finally get a sack on Monday night?

    lol j/k. Shaun Ellis is terrible.

  10. blackqbwhiterb says: Nov 15, 2011 11:05 AM

    I’ll give you Beck AND Grossman for him….

  11. riverhorsey says: Nov 15, 2011 11:15 AM

    6ball says: Nov 15, 2011 10:37 AM

    .“If you don’t have an offensive line, you don’t have an offense ”
    Bill Belichick

    A lot of Chiefs fans are more than a bit slow on that take

  12. n0hopeleft says: Nov 15, 2011 11:25 AM

    Please flex the Chiefs out of primetime!

  13. ravensarepretendersflaccoisajoke says: Nov 15, 2011 11:31 AM

    Palko is also known as “the guy Joe Flacco couldn’t beat out at Pitt.”

  14. briank1ne says: Nov 15, 2011 11:47 AM

    upset of the year?

  15. yelix says: Nov 15, 2011 12:07 PM

    Tyler was sorta fun to watch at times in the preseason. Kinda like very early Favre in the sense that he looks like he doesn’t know what he’s doing but he moves the chains anyway. Really raw.

    The only real advantage the Chiefs have is that there’s really no film for opponents to study on the guy.

  16. says: Nov 15, 2011 12:10 PM

    “Tyler has a high, high football IQ,”

    When someone says that it usually means the guy cant throw the ball.

    Right. Kansas City fans all know how Brian Bannister’s “High Baseball IQ” worked out.

    This Chiefs fan considers this to be just one more problem in a set of other problems and none of them are getting fixed till the off-season.

  17. chiefspirate20 says: Nov 15, 2011 12:24 PM

    This will be the the Greatest game KC will win this season,or the worst defeat. Either way I still got there back.

    GO CHIEFS!!!!!!!!!

  18. jgrange08 says: Nov 15, 2011 12:24 PM

    Pitt alum! Can you say next dan marino?

  19. tomthebombtracy says: Nov 15, 2011 1:06 PM

    Palko in prime time……..

    I remember he became the first ever visiting QB to throw 5 TDs in an overtime win at Notre Dame. Then in the postgame interview he dropped a F Bomb.

    If his dad Bob is again reading this, all is forgiven.
    Tyler was the man at Pitt.

  20. yankeemofo says: Nov 15, 2011 1:24 PM

    If the Pats can’t get consistent pressure him, could we see another Matt Flynn-like performance from last year? Jesus, I hope not!

  21. latrobe21 says: Nov 15, 2011 1:49 PM

    Palko wasn’t even a college qb, so it’s understanable why he’s not a pro qb. Palko played for his dad in high school. He played ahead of Flacco at Pitt only because his dad was the coach of a high school team in the WPIAL. Wannstadt thought Palko’s dad would cause Pitt to lose WPIAL players to other programs if he played Flacco over Palko. Good luck, KC. Tamba, you deserve better. Come play for the Steelers.

  22. okldrdrs2111 says: Nov 15, 2011 2:32 PM

    hahaha… falco

  23. latrobe21 says: Nov 15, 2011 3:31 PM

    Wow ! Must be a lot of Pitt fans trolling, today, judging by my 75% disapproval on the above coment.

  24. jbaxt says: Nov 15, 2011 8:02 PM

    I still say we give a 1st and a 2nd for a QB that will retire in 2 years. Right Hue jackson?

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