Kansas City Chiefs head coach Todd Haley has said this week that Tyler Palko is enough like Matt Cassel that the Chiefs offense won't have to change a whole lot with the quarterback switch. Likewise, from the opponent's view, it's the same thing. New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has said Palko and Cassel are similar enough that he doesn't expect a whole bunch of changes to the Chiefs offense.
But there will be tweaks to the offense. Chiefs coach Todd Haley spoke with the media on Friday (video via KCChiefs.com) and was asked about utilizing Palko's mobility more than they did with Cassel.
"We just can't go and make wholesale changes," Haley said. "The good thing is we don't need to. At the same time, I do think that Tyler is much more comfortable throwing the ball on the run, so I don't think it will be new plays or anything like that. Anytime you can do that is a good thing. Like I said, I don't think we'll see wholesale changes but I do think there's some differences in the two quarterbacks. We just gotta do what we feel gives us the best chance to be efficient offensively, taking everybody's abilities into account."
Interesting. If we're to believe him then we could see Palko put in more situations where he's throwing on the run, rolling out to the left or right. That's an advantage the Chiefs can look at but I would also caution that throwing on the run usually results in a less accurate pass which could result in more turnovers and that's the No. 1 thing the Chiefs offense can not do under any circumstance.