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Chiefs QB depth chart: 1-Orton, 2-Stanzi, 3-Palko

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Romeo Crennel is making a change at quarterback.

Crennel, who took over as Chiefs interim head coach after Todd Haley was fired this week, plans to demote Tyler Palko and start Kyle Orton on Sunday against the Packers. The only question is whether the injured finger on Orton’s throwing hand will cause him any problems. But if Orton can’t throw because of the finger, Palko still won’t start — Crennel told the Chiefs today that he has decided to move rookie Ricky Stanzi ahead of Palko on the depth chart as well.

“I told them we’re making a change at quarterback, that we’re changing the quarterback and that Tyler would not be the starter this week,” Crennel told the media today after talking to his players. “Orton or Stanzi will be the starter. Which one? I’m not exactly sure yet because Orton has a finger that he has got to work through, and we’ll have to see during the week how his finger is and how he comes along and if he can handle it with that finger. Stanzi is a rookie and if Orton is able to go and can do it, then Orton is going to be the quarterback. If Orton cannot do it, then Stanzi will be the quarterback, and I told the team that today.”

Crennel hinted that the Chiefs might go all shotgun, all the time on offense if Orton is the starter.

“He’s been throwing a little bit with the trainers, and they said that for short passes, he’s been doing pretty good,” Crennel said. “Now, we’ll have to see how he does in practice. We might have to protect him a little bit from taking a snap, and we’ve got a plan in place to do that so that we can still operate the offense without him having to take a snap.”

That plan may not sound like a winning formula on Sunday against the Packers, but considering how badly Palko has played, the Chiefs had to do something.

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35 Responses to “Chiefs QB depth chart: 1-Orton, 2-Stanzi, 3-Palko”
  1. vegaskid21 says: Dec 14, 2011 3:26 PM

    3 hall of famers right there.

  2. fofofotey says: Dec 14, 2011 3:28 PM

    When those are your 3 QB choices, your GM should be executed.

  3. whyalwaysthehate says: Dec 14, 2011 3:28 PM

    Orton is not a good running back.

  4. ilovefootball25 says: Dec 14, 2011 3:29 PM

    So Orton gets to lose to the Packers…again…in the same season….with a different team.

  5. ballsooharduniversity says: Dec 14, 2011 3:30 PM

    have to try something i guess.. nothing else is working

  6. bmue42 says: Dec 14, 2011 3:33 PM

    chiefs…ha

  7. ozierdisaster3335 says: Dec 14, 2011 3:34 PM

    I k ow this has nothing to do with this, debating whether to start Tim tebow or Tom Brady for my fantasy football game, “thumbs up” if I should start Brady or “thumbs down” if I should start tebow… thanks yall

  8. shaggytoodle says: Dec 14, 2011 3:34 PM

    I feel bad for Orton, it would be 2nd time he gets to go up against GB, not even in the same conference.

  9. actiondanwi says: Dec 14, 2011 3:35 PM

    Well, Orton did light up the Pack early in the game first time around and then got pick-happy.

    I bet he wishes he was playing the Packers next week.

  10. autumnwind999 says: Dec 14, 2011 3:36 PM

    How delicious will it be if Orton QBs the Chiefs over the Broncos in Week 17 and keeps them out of the playoffs.

    I wonder if he’d have the gall to thank God in the post-game interview.

  11. trbowman says: Dec 14, 2011 3:37 PM

    Too bad. Palko is a gutsy player.

  12. denverdave3 says: Dec 14, 2011 3:37 PM

    bronco fan here so always pull for blue and orange first, but gotta feel for KC right now, especially after winning division last year.

    Keep fingers crossed that the same thing doesn’t happen to we Horseheads

  13. rando74 says: Dec 14, 2011 3:38 PM

    At lest Josh McDaniels can take a look at his next 2nd string QB’s.

  14. Patskrieg dot com says: Dec 14, 2011 3:42 PM

    Are you sure 3rd is low enough for Palko? I’d be a lot more comfortable with him listed as 5th as opposed to running the risk of having to suffer through another Tyler Palko performance this season.

  15. renaissanceman87 says: Dec 14, 2011 3:43 PM

    To think how differently the season would have played out if Orton was picked up by the Bears. They might have been 8-5 or 9-4 right now and had a decent chance at still making the playoffs.

  16. ortonwhiskeycrew says: Dec 14, 2011 3:44 PM

    Kyle is gunna hit the bottle of Jack tonight to celebrate – yeehaw!

  17. packerfanfordecades says: Dec 14, 2011 3:53 PM

    I’m praying that no-one on the Green Bay team take this trip to KC lightly. Romeo Crennel and his players may want to make a strong statement about the future in this game.

    Passion wins lots of football games. A void on humilty loses lots of football games. Right now, the Packers have the humility profile to keep winning.

    The long-time undisputed conventional wisdom (in Wisconsin) has been that the Packers are “God’s team.” I’d be entirely fascinated by a Super Bowl with Denver so as to collect more data on that subject.
    .

  18. dannyreneau says: Dec 14, 2011 3:54 PM

    Thank god. Anybody but Palko. Hell, stick Pioli behind center. maybe he’ll get some sense knocked into him AND we’ll score more then 10 points in a game

  19. 4gone says: Dec 14, 2011 4:02 PM

    Not a Trifecta I’d bet on.

  20. earthtopft says: Dec 14, 2011 4:02 PM

    It’s the finger the Broncos gave Orton on his way out of Denver.

  21. lostsoul8888 says: Dec 14, 2011 4:16 PM

    Put Stanzi in there! Guy’s a stud, give him a chance!

  22. beedubyatoo says: Dec 14, 2011 4:24 PM

    Not much different than Denver.

    Tebow, Quinn and who?

  23. jbaxt says: Dec 14, 2011 4:37 PM

    Denver fans will like this;

    According to Crennel it’s Orton, Stanzi, then Palko. Orton beat out Tebow but the fans decided they were the GM so they made the change to Tebow. So the professionals realize Orton is better. Stanzi can’t be worse than Palko, Palko beat Chicago, so did Tebow so in common opponents they’re both 1-0.

    So if Tebow were on the Chiefs depth chart it would be Orton, Stanzi, then a coin toss for Tebow or Palko.

    Just sayin…

  24. discosucs2005 says: Dec 14, 2011 4:38 PM

    It’s just so hard to choose…

  25. 5280sportsbiz says: Dec 14, 2011 4:58 PM

    Josh McD has his dream QB’s Matt Ice C and Noodle arm drunk O…

  26. boilerup1869 says: Dec 14, 2011 5:10 PM

    Amazing… my Bears lost to a KC squad that started a guy (Palko) who would probably find his life’s greatest success as a high school gym teacher.

  27. autumnwind999 says: Dec 14, 2011 5:57 PM

    Jeff George is flabbergasted.

    Seriously, you’re telling me JG couldn’t step on the field four days from now and give you a better chance to win than Palko?

  28. careerender56 says: Dec 14, 2011 6:05 PM

    boilerup1869 says:
    Dec 14, 2011 5:10 PM
    Amazing… my Bears lost to a KC squad that started a guy (Palko) who would probably find his life’s greatest success as a high school gym teacher.
    ____________________________________________

    They also got Tebowed, so maybe your Bears just aren’t any good. I’ve gotta believe the Bears would be better off with Palko than Haine

  29. elohim7ks says: Dec 14, 2011 6:26 PM

    Don’t trip people, this is a step in the right direction. This is a football move and a good one! If Orton can’t go, trust me Coach Cornell will pull the plug mid way through the first Quarter, he will not let this game get out of hand and have his team loss morale. I don’t think Orton is ready, nor will he last against the Pack! Good luck Coach, the rookie is ready, crossing routes, 15yd outs, the occasional fly or go! it’s time coach, You’ll keep this one close! give the players hope and they’ll respond!

  30. jessethegreat says: Dec 14, 2011 8:15 PM

    ozierdisaster3335 says:
    Dec 14, 2011 3:34 PM
    I k ow this has nothing to do with this, debating whether to start Tim tebow or Tom Brady for my fantasy football game, “thumbs up” if I should start Brady or “thumbs down” if I should start tebow… thanks yall
    ——————————————————–
    You always start the best or 2nd best quarterback in the league.. (I can understand the argument for Brady or Rodgers as King of the QB castle in the NFL right now).
    You never put Brady, Rodgers or Brees on the bench.

  31. joetoronto says: Dec 15, 2011 5:56 AM

    Kyle Orton, lol.

  32. spellingcops says: Dec 15, 2011 8:45 AM

    Carson Palmer, lol.

  33. jjackwagon says: Dec 15, 2011 9:26 AM

    Chiefs 28 Raiders 0 lol

  34. dukemarc says: Dec 15, 2011 10:34 AM

    elohim7ks says: Dec 14, 2011 6:26 PM

    Don’t trip people, this is a step in the right direction. This is a football move and a good one! If Orton can’t go, trust me Coach Cornell will pull the plug mid way through the first Quarter, he will not let this game get out of hand and have his team loss morale. I don’t think Orton is ready, nor will he last against the Pack! Good luck Coach, the rookie is ready, crossing routes, 15yd outs, the occasional fly or go! it’s time coach, You’ll keep this one close! give the players hope and they’ll respond!
    —————————–

    Chiefs will lose by at least 20.

  35. clifforday says: Dec 15, 2011 7:24 PM

    Watching Palko for three weeks has been tortous. I saw Stanzi beat Mizzou in the Insight Bowl and have wanted to see him sling it since. Give the kid a chance, Romeo!

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