Good morning. Obviously we have a lot of Cassel/Palko stories in today's Kansas City Chiefs news. Oh, and the Chiefs didn't get flexed out of Sunday Night. Rean on and enjoy.
No matter what the Chiefs do with Cassel, Palko will start Monday night's game against the Patriots in New England. He replaced Cassel for their final possession against Denver, completing five of six passes for 47 yards and guiding the Chiefs to a field goal.
The Chiefs declined to re-sign last year's backup, Brodie Croyle, or acquire a different veteran backup going into the season. They'll find out in New England whether that was a good decision.
Cassel May Be Done For Year, Palko Will Start Monday from KC Star
There doesn't appear to be any debate in starting rookie
Ricky Stanzi over Palko. Stanzi has been inactive in all nine games this season.
"We feel good about the guys that we have on the roster - Tyler and Ricky," Haley said. "It's going to be like anything else that we've dealt with. You have to have guys that are developing and that are ready to go. In this case, that falls to Tyler."
Hand Injury Puts Cassel's Season In Jeopardy from The Mothership
The Chiefs' Sunday night home game against Pittsburgh on Nov. 27 will stay as a Sunday night game, the league announced today.
Kickoff remains scheduled for 7:20 p.m.
Game time could have been moved because it was subject to the NFL's flexible scheduling rules.
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The sudden development had Palko's parents, Bob and Sally of Imperial, scrambling to book a trip to see the Chiefs play the Patriots next Monday at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., for Tyler's first NFL start.
"It's kind of cool, but we're taking it in stride," Bob Palko said. "You're proud and you hope he's done enough for things (to work out). Everybody has that dream. He's worked hard. It hasn't worked out as he planned or everybody else thought. But it's here."
QB Palko Assumes New Role As Chiefs Starter from The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
But if Cassel is something like the quarterback version of a Corolla, we're about to watch the Chiefs play with a tricycle. Because those who think Cassel is terrible are about to get a refresher on what terrible quarterbacking actually looks like.
Say hello to Tyler Palko.
A Lack Of QB Depth Is Pioli's Fault from KC Star
What to watch for: The Chiefs are limping in the teeth of their schedule. They were hoping to be 6-3, but home losses to the Dolphins and the Broncos ended that pipedream. The Chiefs are entering a brutal a five-game stretch.
Kansas City Chiefs: Moving On from ESPN
He was Pitt's quarterback when Joe Flacco signed with the Panthers, and the competition was unyielding. Palko won, and Flacco transferred to Delaware, where he became a star and, in 2008, a first-round pick in the NFL draft.
Palko was succeeding, too, but after two seasons, coach Walt Harris was fired, and his replacement, Dave Wannstedt, ran an offense that didn't fit Palko's strengths. As a senior, he passed for the lowest number of yards since his freshman season, and when the '07 draft swung through, no team was interested in selecting Palko.
Look, the Chiefs weren't going anywhere with Cassel anyway, but at least there was hope because ... well, because they made it to the playoffs with him a year ago. But there have been too many significant injuries and too many turnovers for Kansas City to pull a repeat of last season. With Palko they'll have trouble running or passing, which means that defense that couldn't stop Tim Tebow is under more pressure than ever. Hasta la vista, baby.
QBs Ailing, And So Are Their Clubs from CBS Sports
What is Cassel's future? I highly doubt we've seen the last of Cassel in Kansas City. He has been uneven, but the Chiefs appear to be committed to him at least for the short term. I expect Cassel to be the Chiefs' starter in 2012.
What Matt Cassel's Injury Means from ESPN
It was comforting to realize the frauds we had to deal with Sunday were merely of the professional football variety. It required no soul-searching to watch the Jets' being exposed as 90 percent hot air, the Lions unmasked as unthreatening bullies, or the Chiefs as ... gee, I'm not even sure what analogy fits there but for some reason they evoke the image of squashed Bubble Wrap.
Taking The Air Out Of A Season from The New York Times