This is my first fan post, but as a loyal Chief's fan and AP reader, I feel I must state some truths about Tyler Thigpen. It seems as though many AP readers have forgotten about last year...and who can blame them. But last year did teach us a lot about young Mr Thigpen. If you think back to last year's pre-season, Thiggy was pretty horrible most of the time. He did have a tendency to be completely inaccurate for most of the game and then put together a solid drive towards the end of the game. It was as if he just wasn't warmed up. Fast forward to the regular season. The game against OAK he came in relief of an injured Huard. He was fairly awful. Of course he followed that with the ATL game from hell. What many people forget is that he then came in as a reliever in 2 more games before getting another shot at starting. Of course, he started in week 8 and was fairly awesome the rest of the way. So last year we saw Tyler in 7 relief performances. In every relief appearance he was bad. As a starter with the exception of the first start he was very good. Anyone see a pattern here?
Here's the point I am making with my long-winded post: Tyler Thigpen is not a good QB when he comes in cold. He is a rhythm passer. He needs to be part of the gameplan from play 1. He needs to warm up before the game and not sit on the bench for an hour. When he's cold - his accuracy goes away. That doesn't mean he's not a very good QB. I would submit that he's a very poor fit as a #2 QB on gameday. But if you need a starter, he's a weapon. If I were Todd Haley, I would actually do something odd. I would name Brodie Croyle the gameday backup, but in the event Cassel was hurt (like now) I would start Thigpen. A Thiggy who has starter reps all week and a full warm up has it all over Brodie. Brodie ironically has become more of a caretaker of the football after Herm and Dick Curl beat the playmaker out of him. That's not a bad thing to be when you come in during the 3rd qtr up 17-10 because the starter got hurt. But if you need a QB to start, Tyler Thigpen (the starter) is a force.
So for all of you berating Tyler today and saying trade him for a can of spinach, please remember the good starts he's had for us. They are more indicative of his ability than his relief appearances.