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CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 04: Kyle Orton #8 of the Kansas City Chiefs holds up his injured finger after playing one play against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on December 4, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 04: Kyle Orton #8 of the Kansas City Chiefs holds up his injured finger after playing one play against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on December 4, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Good morning! Here is today's Kansas City Chiefs news. Enjoy!

Without being asked, Crennel said the decision to bench Palko was his and not that of general manager Scott Pioli. He said he informed Palko on Wednesday morning he was no longer the starter, and then informed Pioli.

"I told Tyler it was my decision, and it was my decision," Crennel said. "I made it."

Orton Or Stanzi Will Start Sunday For Chiefs from KC Star

Both Orton and Stanzi worked with the first-team offense during Wednesday's practice, but Orton said he has to prove he can make the necessary throws before he'll be cleared to play.

"I feel pretty good," Orton said following practice. "I'm just going to kind of take it as it goes and we'll see what happens when we get to Sunday, but for today it felt about as good as I think it could."

Arrowhead Report: Chiefs Quarterbacks Share Their Thoughts For Sunday from The Mothership

KC Star Photo Gallery: Kansas City Chiefs Coaching Possibilities

Interim Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel held his first regularly scheduled player meetings Wednesday, and in addition to telling his team about the change at quarterback, Crennel also adjusted the team's schedule.

Instead of lifting weights in the morning, the team lifted after practice. Crennel also held an earlier practice than those scheduled by former coach Todd Haley, and Crennel scheduled an afternoon film session to view and critique that day's practice.

Chiefs Buzz: Crennel Changes Team's Routine from KC Star

Crennel also shared a realistic side to the decision as well. How much of a competitive advantage could there really be?

The Packers, after all, haven't lost since last December 19th and haven't lost a game which Aaron Rodgers has played in its entirety since November 28, 2010.

"When you look at our guys - they look at Tyler and what he's done the last couple of weeks, they look at Orton and know that he has an injured finger and they look at a rookie - I don't think they are shaking in their boots looking at those choices," Crennel said.

Crennel Makes A QB Change from The Mothership

Q: Kyle Orton started against Green Bay back in October. Does the fact that he's seen them once play into the decision at all?

CRENNEL: "No, his experience. The fact that he has played in the NFL. And I don't know if you remember or not but the first time we played Denver last year, we got lit up pretty good by some guy named Orton so that has something to do with it. But I think the experience at that position is important so if Kyle can do it, he'll do it.

Q&A With Romeo Crennel 12/14 from The Mothership

Q: What were some of the lessons or things you learned from Todd Haley?

JOHNSON: "I learned a lot. Todd has taught me to be a tough-minded person. He's always saying tough times don't last but tough people do. That hardness of mindset that you have to have regardless of what other people say or regardless of your situation in football, you can overcome it through a strong-minded person. That was the biggest thing but we all loved being around Todd."

Q&A With Derrick Johnson 12/14 from The Mothership

Just three weeks removed from spraining his right knee against the Detroit Lions, guard Josh Sitton returned to practice Wednesday and gave himself a reasonable shot at being ready for Kansas City on Sunday.

It should be pointed out, however, that Sitton took part only in individual drills and has gotten a "Steady, boy" from the medical staff.

Sitton Feels Good, But He May Not Be Ready For Chiefs from The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The Kansas City Chiefs and Miami Dolphins are in the market for new head coaches after the Monday firings of Todd Haley and Tony Sparano. Writers from around the Tribune Co. discuss who might be a good candidate for each opening. Feel free to join the discussion by leaving a comment of your own.

Who Should Be The Next Coaches For The Chiefs And Dolphins from The Los Angeles Times

Two days after losing his job as the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, Todd Haley went with his wife to help out a Kansas City area family.They took part in a project that started a month ago, doing some last-minute work at a house in the area.

Todd Haley's Wife Gives Thanks For Support from KMBC

While McCarthy, Rodgers and the rest of the Packers are gearing up for a possible second straight Super Bowl run, the Chiefs (5-8) are essentially looking to ahead to next season.

Although still mathematically alive in a weak AFC West, Kansas City fired coach Todd Haley a day after Sunday's 37-10 loss to the New York Jets and has replaced him with defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel.

Green Bay at Kansas City from CBS Sports

For a reflection of the disparity in the matchup between the undefeated world champion Green Bay Packers and the downtrodden Kansas City Chiefs, check out the injury lists and the roster each team has available to pick up the slack.

Larrive: Packers-Chiefs Matchup Reveals Effect Of Injuries, Depth from 620 WTMJ

OK, that wasn't really the final item. The final one is just a weird coincidence gleaned from this SB Nation blog post that correctly states Ferentz won't be the Chiefs' next coach. Matthew Hays is the writer.

Besides, would Kansas City fans really want two head coaches in a row that graduated from the same high school? That has no bearing on the future at all, but I do find it an amusing anecdote that Todd Haley and Ferentz are both graduates of Pittsburgh's Upper St. Clair High School.

Kirk Ferentz Is A Candidate For The Kansas City Chiefs Job? Really? from The Gazette

Green Bay Packers: Guard Josh Sitton (knee) returned to practice and linebacker A.J. Hawk (calf) was a full participant. But left tackle Chad Clifton (hamstring) did not practice and has already been declared out for Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Linebacker Desmond Bishop (calf), running back James Starks (ankle), defensive end Ryan Pickett (concussion) and running back Brandon Saine (concussion) all sat out practice.

NFC North At Night from ESPN

Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs (10 targets, 6 receptions, 69 yards): You may be tempted to bench him based on the quality of play from the quarterback position for the Chiefs. Have no such reservations; Bowe is getting his chances, which should continue throughout the rest of the season.

Harvin, Gonzalez Gaining In Targets from ESPN