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What Todd Haley Said About Tyler Palko Vs. Kyle Orton

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We ran a poll yesterday asking the question: Who will be the Kansas City Chiefs starting quarterback on Sunday? The options are obviously Tyler Palko or Kyle Orton and through about 1,800 votes 76 percent of our readers say it'll be Orton and 23 percent are predicting Palko.

The way Todd Haley is talking, those 76 percent will be wrong. He continues to say Palko, not Orton, is the starting quarterback, even as the two split reps in practice this week.

"Tyler's our starter," Haley said on Monday. "We're getting Kyle ready to play. He's not a guy that's been here for a couple years. It's a different situation that way so we have to get him ready to play. He might have to play, and he might not."

Something we should keep in mind this week: There's a competitive advantage at stake talking about this quarterback stuff. Don't think the Chiefs, as all NFL teams have shown us, won't have a casual relationship with the truth if it benefits them.

That said, I'm starting to believe Palko walks out on the field as the starter on Sunday with a very, very short leash. As the KC Star's Adam Teicher said, Haley's showing an extraordinary amount of patience with Palko and it would appear -- at least for now -- that patience will last until at least sometime early in Sunday's game against Chicago.