Good morning! Today's Kansas City Chiefs news shifts focus to the upcoming game in Chicago. Enjoy.
One day after Tyler Palko committed four turnovers in a four-point loss to Pittsburgh, he remained the Chiefs' starting quarterback, at least in a public setting.
But Palko's grip on the position, already tenuous, slipped further from his grasp when coach Todd Haley said the recently acquired Kyle Orton would also get some first-team snaps Wednesday when the Chiefs begin practice for Sunday's game against the Bears in Chicago.
Smith and the Bears probably would be happy if Hanie just played like he did in the second half of his first career start.
The fourth-year quarterback threw three interceptions before halftime in Sunday's 25-20 loss at Oakland, including a terrible throw deep in Raiders territory that was returned by Kamerion Wimbley to the Chicago 12 late in the second quarter. That led to one of Sebastian Janikowski's team-record six field goals and a 12-7 lead for Oakland.
Chicago Bears Confident Caleb Hanie Will Rebound Against Kansas City Chiefs from The Washington Post
KC Star Video: Todd Haley On QB Ricky Stanzi
The Kansas City Chiefs are again teaming with the Community Blood Center of Greater Kansas City to host the 14th Annual Chiefs Blood Drive. All individuals at least 16 years of age that weigh 115 pounds or more and are in good health are eligible to donate. Participants will receive a limited-edition Chiefs Community Blood Drive t-shirt while supplies last. Chiefs tickets, signed Chiefs memorabilia and other great prizes will also be given away via drawings in conjunction with the blood drive.
Chiefs Partner With Community Blood Center To Host 14th Annual Blood Drive from The Mothership
Tyler Palko has shown himself to be so bad the Chiefs can't expect to make any real judgments on the rest of the roster. Ricky Stanzi is so inept the coaches haven't even considered playing him the last two weeks.
That means Orton is not only the best option a week after being claimed off waivers from Denver - he's the only option.
The big question at the position this week will be in Kansas City. Are the Chiefs going to promote former Bears quarterback Kyle Orton as their starter before Sunday's game at Soldier Field?
I asked Kansas City coach Todd Haley just that on Saturday afternoon after his team wrapped up preparations for their game with the Pittsburgh Steelers, a 13-9 loss on Sunday night at Arrowhead Stadium. He gave me a 123-word answer and didn't use Orton's name once.
Biggs: 10 Thoughts On Bears' Loss To Raiders from The Chicago Tribune
These are the times that try Joe Posnanski's soul. The Kansas City Chiefs lost 13-9 to the Pittsburgh Steelers last night. They had a drive to win the game that ended when their top receiver raised his hand to call for the ball then failed to raise his hands to catch that ball when it was thrown. This is a flawed team that I want to be proud of, but it's just that mental mistakes and an anemic offense are slowly turning me into a remote-throwing, head-shaking, full-out-cussing-out-my-television-screen citizen of Kansas City.
Let's just take it quarter by quarter because the game in its entirety is still a little hard to swallow.
Kansas City Chiefs Are A Never-Ending Exercise In Patience from The Pitch
What to watch for: Expect quarterback Kyle Orton to make his Kansas City debut Sunday at Chicago. Orton was claimed off waivers from Denver last week. Even though the Chiefs are not in the playoff picture, they didn't claim the remaining $2.5 million of Orton's contract for the free agent to sit.
Kansas City Chiefs: Moving On from ESPN
Both teams are 6-5 against the spread this season. While coach Lovie Smith enjoys informing his team when they're underdogs, the Bears are 4-1 as favorites. The Chiefs are 6-2 as underdogs, winning four of those games outright.
Pretty much everyone has the Bears as 8-point favorites as of Monday afternoon.
Bears Back To Being Favorites vs. Chiefs from ESPN
I kept hearing from players that it's a tough place to play, Kansas City. That is true except that Miami didn't find it a particularly difficult place to play. The Dolphins skipped past the Chiefs in Arrowhead 31-3 and Tyler Palko didn't lose four turnovers in that one.
And then there was the Buffalo opener. The Bills, bothered by the noise in Arrowhead, prevailed 41-7.
Tough place? Sure, it can be. It was when Joe Montana played for the Chiefs. It should not have been when Tyler Palko was playing the same position and throwing up footballs as if he were the Pirate Parrot shooting hotdogs out of airguns at PNC. I mean, I could have intercepted a ball or two Sunday night in Arrowhead.
Ed: A Stinkbomb In Kansas City from The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Chiefs were playing for their playoff lives as well, and they had no room for error. Falling to 4-7 would drop Kansas City to the bottom of the AFC West alongside floundering San Diego but Todd Haley's team looked like a squad believing it could make a playoff run.
Defensively the Chiefs gave Pittsburgh everything they could handle and held the Steelers to 13 points. It was not enough. Offensively they were a mess. Tyler Palko threw three INTs in the first half.
Sideline Notebook: Steelers @ Chiefs from Sunday Night Football All Access
After watching him throw three interceptions and two touchdown passes against the Raiders, I wrote that I didn't know what he was as a quarterback.
With some time to ponder, I realized I was wrong.
I know what Hanie is: He is a lot better than Kansas City's Tyler Palko. To put it in perspective for Bears fans, Palko walks among Jonathan Quinn, Craig Krenzel and Chad Hutchinson in the Land of Bad.
And that's the problem for the Bears as they prepare to play the Chiefs.
Instead Of Bumbling Tyler Palko, Caleb Hanie's Bears Might Have To Deal With Kyle Orton from The Chicago Sun-Times