FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 21: Tyler Palko #4 of the Kansas City Chiefs calls out the play against the New England Patriots on November 21, 2011 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
These numbers from Palko weren't bad at all -- 25-of-38 for 236 yards. I was surprised by how comfortable he looked in the pocket compared to what I thought we would see.
But then you have these two glaring stats -- zero offensive touchdowns and three picks. That's not so good. Really bad, actually. Those are the you-can't-win type of stats.
Haley is always going to have a more optimistic view of things because he's the head coach and that seems to be his nature when his team is down. Here's what he said about Palko's performance (video via KCChiefs.com):
"I thought, obviously, the interceptions...a couple were off tipped balls," Haley said. "We have just had too many. We just cannot tip the ball to the other team. It generally hurts you. You know, the interception late, I wasn't crazy about that decision.
"But I thought overall Tyler did a terrific, terrific job with handling the offense, the tempo. We obviously, we were trying to
altar alter the tempo and create some energy for our side and at times we were able to do a good job, but other times we weren't.
"But I thought, overall, Tyler did a lot of really good things. You know, interceptions are things that can happen, and sacks at inopportune times can happen. But I think it is something to build on and he will get better."
Even given the circumstances, "terrific" is a little much but Palko fared, frankly, better than I expected. (To be fair, my expectations were pretty low.)
That said, the business of the NFL is winning games and the Chiefs were smoked by the Patriots. You look at the big picture of this game and trying to point out the positives in a 31-point loss is...well, Casey Printers said it best.