At this point, we know virtually nothing about how how good of a quarterback Palko is at the NFL level. He hasn't thrown much in the regular season, and when he plays in the preseason he plays with backups against backups. So neither of these can really be used to judge him. However, there was one preseason game where the situation allows us to see how well he can play. Because of Haley's unusual methods, the preseason game against the Packers featured mostly our starters against the Packers' backups. However, because of an injury scare in the middle of the second quarter, we pulled Cassel and let Palko play the rest of the game. Palko not only had our first team offense to work with against the Packers backup defenders, but our defense was dominating the Packers' reserve offense. The Packers only got three first downs after Palko came in. We also had a 3 point lead at that point. Palko found himself in the easiest situation an NFL QB could ask for. He had two and a half quarters, with a lead, and with the opposing offense doing absolutely nothing. So what happened? Sure, Palko did lead a touchdown drive. But he also threw two interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown. He also fumbled in our territory, which allowed the Packers to kick a field goal. In the end, Palko not only failed to maintain the lead, but actively let the Packers come back. That game, the only one where Palko played enough and in the right situation to judge his abilities, showed a quarterback who failed the easiest test you could get. He could have spiked the ball three times in a row, then punted, and we would have won the game. I don't like being a downer, but the evidence clearly shows that Palko is going to fail in a way unimaginable to those who don't know about him. I'll be ecstatic if he proves me wrong, but if he couldn't hold the lead against the Packers' backups, what hope does he have against a first-team defense?wustl_chiefs_fan
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