I was listening to Sports Talk with a Herm Edwards interview (listen here) and the host and the coach both brought out some good points about Croyle playing for MC. One point was that unlike most playoff bound teams, the Chiefs shouldn't really see that much of a drop off in playing their back up.
That really is true - think about the teams most coveted for playoff contention. NE & Tom Brady. If he goes down, the team is toast (Brian Hoyer - remember him?). What if Drew Brees went down or Matt Ryan? Peyton Manning, or Eli Manning? Or what if Billy Volek were filling in for Phillp Rivers? The only exception might be if Big Ben went down. The Steelers have already proven they can win without him. Ben only has to make a play or two per game and the D and running backs can pull out a win. The good news is, that is the same with KC this year.
Sure, we would all feel better about having Cassel in the game (except maybe for a few leftover MC bashers out there), but Croyle is not a bad back up to have in the bull pin. His arm may actually be a little stronger than Matt's. His main downside is that he has a tendency to get hurt too often. With the better team now, maybe that won't happen. I hope they open with a long ball to Bowe to give SD something to think about.
Mitch Holtus (the Voice of the Chiefs) brought out that Brodie prepares as-good-as, if not better, than any back up he has seen. He keeps his head in the game, has not complained once, and knows the entire playbook. That is strong for a back up! I'm not convinced the Chiefs will win this one, but I wasn't sure that they would win with MC in either. If they do, I think it could be HUGE for the whole team. A real confidence builder for them going forward.
It might even be a good thing. SD does not have as much film on Brodie. They won't be too sure what they are getting with him. Go Chiefs!