With the 53-man roster set and the practice squad set, there is mainly one question in my mind for the Kansas City Chiefs.
Who is going to be the third quarterback?
Right now, Tyler Palko is sitting on the practice squad. He can’t suit up for games. He’s there I guess if someone gets injured – which is not out of the realm of possibility with these two quarterbacks. Matt Cassel was injured to start last season. Brodie Croyle‘s injury history is pretty well known.
Personally, I think the Chiefs missed a golden opportunity when former Arizona Cardinals quarterback Matt Leinart signed with the Houston Texans Monday. And that’s a move that makes little sense to me.
I take that back. It makes sense for the Texans – it gives them a backup to Matt Schaub, who had an outstanding season last year throwing the ball to Andre Johnson.
However, for Leinart, the move is befuddling.
The quarterback situation there is set. Schaub was in the Pro Bowl last year. Hell, he was named MVP for whatever that matters. But the guy is good. He is the quarterback. Leinart’s not getting a shot there.
At least in Kansas City, there is room to make it to starting quarterback, depending on how he performed. Unless Cassel really steps it up this year – which he could now that he’s not meeting his receivers for the first time in a third-quarter huddle – things aren’t set for this team at quarterback like they are with other teams.
Cassel’s contract may dictate that he be the starter this year. But after this season – if he struggles like he did at times last year – who knows?
I’ve heard fans already call for Croyle to be the starter. I’m not going to say it’s the Todd Blackledge/Bill Kenney situation of the 1980s, but it’s not too far off right now.
Maybe head coach Todd Haley and offensive coordinator Charlie Weis know best in this situation. All we can really do is give them the benefit of the doubt. By having only two quarterbacks – something the Cleveland Browns talked about – that frees up one more spot on the 53-man roster for another position. Plus, the times the third-string quarterback is actually forced into a game is extremely rare. This may be something new we see.
Besides, if both Cassel and Croyle get knocked out of the same game, we’ll probably just see a steady diet of Dexter McCluster in the Wildcat offense – or whatever the Chiefs decide to call it.
I just think there was a golden opportunity to potentially improve the quarterback situation. And it wasn’t taken advantage of. Although, now that I think about it – with Haley being Leinart’s offensive coordinator for a time in Arizona – maybe it says more about Leinart and what Haley thinks of him than it does the Chiefs situation.