The Kansas City Chiefs will play a back-up quarterback this weekend against the Tennessee Titans. Starter Jake Locker has a hip injury and Titans coach Mike Munchak has already ruled him out of the game. That leads us to Ryan Fitzpatrick, Titans backup QB. He will start the game against the Chiefs. Fitzpatrick is familiar with KC, and he may be looking forward to this game. He is 4-1 against the Chiefs all-time.
I know a few of the backup quarterbacks the Chiefs have trotted out there over the years. Your Rich Gannons, Tyler Thigpens, Brodie Croyles and Tyler Palkos of the world.
But what about some memorable performances of backup quarterbacks playing against the Chiefs?
I present to you...
Memorable backup QB performances vs. the Chiefs
@ArrowheadPride Matt cassel after we knocked Brady out.— laura salem (@laurasalem1) October 1, 2013
This one should've been the most obvious but I didn't even think of it until Laura here mentioned it. First game of the 2008 season, Tom Brady goes down for the Pats. Matt Cassel comes in and the Pats still win. You guys know what happened to Cassel after that season so ... I'll just let that be.
@ArrowheadPride Billy Volek MNF at Tennessee. Best game between non-playoff teams I ever saw.— Not Angry Bills Fan (@chrisskreager) October 1, 2013
December 13, 2004. Chiefs are 5-8. Billy Volek throws for 426 yards and four touchdowns. BILLY VOLEK! Despite that the Chiefs came out on top. Final score: 49-38.
@ArrowheadPride Derek Anderson coming in for Browns, Quinn Gray, Todd Bouman.— Dan Mangiapane (@DanMangiapane) October 1, 2013
A lot to go over here.
Derek Anderson is the "Derek Anderson has huge feet" game. The announcers referred to that, if my memory is right, multiple times throughout the game. The Chiefs lost this game in OT. Derek Anderson completed 12-of-21 passes for 171 yards, two touchdowns and one pick.
The Chiefs faced Quinn Gray in the final game of the 2006 season. The Chiefs needed a win and a whole lot of help to get into the playoffs. David Garrard started the game and Quinn Gray relieved him. Gray had 166 yards on 13-of-22 passing. The Chiefs D did their job, beating Gray and the Jaguars, 35-30. And on that magical day everything went the Chiefs way and they made it in.
And then there's Todd Bouman...
@ArrowheadPride The guy fresh off the tractor that played for the Jags. He did pretty decent.— Johnny Coltrane (@Chief_Wildcat) October 1, 2013
@ArrowheadPride 2010 against the Jags. We faced Todd Bouman.— WacyandTeben (@TheSuperSivers) October 1, 2013
@ArrowheadPride I forgot his name (lol) but the Jags back-up who started that particular week working on a farm and ended up a starting QB— Collin Bell (@Belllski) October 1, 2013
Bouman hadn't started a game since 2006. This game was in 2010. KC won big, 42-20, as Bouman threw for two touchdowns and two picks. The TV broadcast made a big deal out of the "signed off a farm" angle. They also showed his wife in her jean jacket multiple times for some reason. Thus, the Jean Jacket Game.
— Bro Chillswag (@DougUncensored) October 1, 2013
@ArrowheadPride Bubby Brister. Not good.
Ah, the Monday Night Meltdown. This was re-lived recently with the Derrick Thomas: A Football Life film by NFL Network. I totally forgot this game had Brister playing.
@ArrowheadPride Kevin kolb— Nate Taylor (@taylonr) October 1, 2013
Kevin Kolb started for Donovan McNabb in 2009. A two-game stretch where he threw for over 300 yards and two touchdowns in each game. Against KC, he completed 70 percent of his passes for 327 yards and two touchdowns and no picks. Final score: 34-14.