Wonder why Tyler Palko was the starting quarterback after Matt Cassel was lost for the season? What choice did Haley have? Ricky Stanzi was even less prepared for the role than Palko, but in some situations a head coach would have put the rookie on the field. But Haley couldn’t afford to do that. He knew Pioli along with team chairman Clark Hunt were looking for any reason to fire him. He thought Palko presented a better opportunity to win than Stanzi.
When Kyle Orton arrived, the first week he was totally unprepared for stepping into the Chiefs offense. The second week, they planned to use Orton, but then he dislocated his finger on his first play on the field, knocking him out of the rest of that game and the next one after that.
Haley wasn’t trying to prove anything by using Palko other than win as many games as possible.