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Chiefs QB Brodie Croyle Solidifies Backup QB Job

If there's one thing Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Brodie Croyle did yesterday, it's solidify himself as the No. 1 backup to Matt Cassel. I know, I know. We've been through this before with Croyle but his performance yesterday was the best he's ever given.

But this was a situation where he might not have known he was going to start until Saturday night or Sunday morning.  The variables involved didn't make it easy on him.

He didn't turn the ball over and got the ball into the end zone.  Those things are nice but the stat I was so pleased to see was the completion percentage: 66.7%

Croyle attempted 24 passes and completed 16 of them. He completed seven of his first 11 attempts including one that went for six to Dwayne Bowe.  He didn't turn the ball over but nearly did late in the game on a controversial fumble call that was overturned in the Chiefs favor.

The talk before this game was, if Cassel can't go, the Chiefs need to just not be embarrassed with whoever is at quarterback.  That's what the world was saying about this game.  Not only were they not embarrassed with Croyle at the helm, but he gave them a shot to win the game with a nice little run of two straight scoring drives.

The first came on a seven play, 68 yard drive that resulted in a Succop field goal. The next drive totaled six plays and 52 yards culminating in a touchdown to Sean Ryan.

In 13 plays, Croyle led his team 116 yards for 10 points.  He completed a respectable 6/10 passes including four straight to end the touchdown drive.

Tyler Thigpen saw one non-descript series.  On first down he handed off, on second down he ran a draw and on third down he handed off again for no first down and a three and out.  Croyle wasn't lighting the world on fire at that point so if it's unclear if Todd Haley had a plan to get Thigpen in there or if his cameo was related to Croyle's performance.

All in all, I was pleased with Croyle's performance.  Even though we haven't seen Cassel in a real game for the Chiefs, I still think he (Cassel) is the best quarterback on the team.  Croyle had his moments but I still do not believe he's a real challenger for the starting job.

He did, however, alleviate some concerns about his plays which should keep him elevated over Thigpen.