Tyler Palko played pretty much how we thought he would play for the Kansas City Chiefs -- 50 percent completion percentage, a turnover and no signs of leading a consistent offense. After three games, we knew that's how Tyler Palko would look and, sure enough, that's what happened.
Despite those struggles, we didn't see Ricky Stanzi, the Chiefs fifth round rookie backup quarterback, at all in the game.
"We talked about it," Haley said after the game (via KCChiefs.com) when asked about putting Stanzi in. "With where the game was, I didn't think that would be a real good position to put Ricky in."
I don't know...wouldn't that be the best time to put him in? No pressure but still some work against a legitimate NFL defense?
"I'll stay with what I've said," Haley continued, "the guy that gives us the best chance to win will play because we're playing to win. Like I said today, when the score gets to where it was, I just don't think that's always the best position to give someone their first action in the NFL on the road."
The Chiefs refusal to play Stanzi this year is getting strange. We've heard no real reason why Stanzi isn't in there and when you see someone like T.J. Yates, a fifth round rookie for the Houston Texans, leading his team to a pair of wins it's a tough pill to swallow to see Stanzi on the sidelines.
At this point, there's not much left. Why not play him and see what you have for a few games?
If Palko was showing any signs of improvement, I'd be on board with keeping him in there, but there's just nothing there. It doesn't make any sense to me.