Pacific Beach Tidbits

From San Diego, California

The Chiefs did not arrive in sunny southern California in time to enjoy a trip to the beach.

But while Kansas City was frigid and Minneapolis was closed down, a 75 degree winter day on Pacific Beach is pretty hard to beat.

California boy Matt Cassel missed out as well, as he was left behind to recuperate from his appendectomy from Wednesday. Makes all the sense in the world and was probably the plan from the very start. Of course, what fun would it be for the Chiefs if they had just said that back on Wednesday or Thursday. The best thing for Cassel is to be at home, in the recliner, his feet up and resting. Standing on the sidelines would not have helped him.

So Brodie Croyle gets the start and tries to get that big goose egg off his record, since the Chiefs are 0-9 in games that he has started.

And sadly, when it comes to Croyle there will be concern about whether he can get through Sunday’s game without injury. That’s been the story of his career. If he goes down, say hello to Tyler Palko.

WHO IS TYLER PALKO?

“I can tell you this,” Palko said a few days ago. “I hope you don’t see me. This is Brodie’s chance and I hope he’s out there leading us to a win.

“But if I’m needed, I will be ready.”

Palko has been waiting long enough for a chance. The last time he was a starting quarterback was the 2006 season at the University of Pittsburgh. Since then, he’s banged around with four different NFL teams, starting with the Saints, moving on to the Cardinals and Steelers and then the Chiefs. He signed in March.

“I’m just waiting for an opportunity to play,” Palko said. “This is a great life, and there’s nothing better than being part of the NFL and being in the locker room with a group of guys like this, or in the meeting rooms with guys like Matt and Brodie.

“But yeah, I want to play. That’s why I’m still working on it.”

He has been on a 53-man NFL roster for a total of six regular season games (four in New Orleans in ’07 and two in Pittsburgh in ’09). He was inactive third QB in five games and an active backup in one game, where he did not play (that was Pittsburgh vs. Baltimore 11/29/09.)

Against San Diego, he will get his second chance in four seasons to be the No. 2 quarterback. Here are his numbers for his four years of pre-season games:

Year Team

Att

Cmp

Yds

%

Avg Att

TD

INT

Sacks

Rating

2010 Chiefs

42

24

215

57.1

5.1

0

3

1-7

41.3

2009 Arizona

45

21

244

46.7

5.4

1

2

2-15

52.5

2008 New O.

46

23

309

50.0

6.7

1

1

7-56

69.9

2007 New O.

48

27

271

56.3

5.6

1

4

3-23

44.7

  Totals

181

95

1,039

52.5

5.7

3

10

13-101

52.5

OK, WHAT HAPPENS IF CROYLE AND PALKO GO DOWN?

So who will be the Chiefs emergency No. 3 quarterback on Sunday? The same player it was last week in the victory over Denver – rookie WR/RB Dexter McCluster.

If a double-disaster would strike at the position, the Chiefs obviously would end up going to a running offense and McCluster has been the guy all season that has been viewed as the emergency QB.

There are not many other choices. One of the few guys on the roster that has quarterback experience at any level is FS Jon McGraw; he played the position at Riley County High School.

BOWE NEEDS A BIG REBOUND GAME

After getting shutout last Sunday, it will be another step in the process of Dwayne Bowe’s development to see how he recovers against San Diego.

Todd Haley will be watching intently to see how Bowe steps forward.

“As you continue to take steps as a player in the league and specifically a receiver, you’re going to garner more attention when you start to put up really big numbers on a consistent basis and teams are definitely going to look for ways to try and take you out of the mix,” Haley said.

“That can’t be something that we allow to happen one way or another. It’s our job as coaches to find ways to help the receivers and it’s the duty of the receivers to continue to step his game up against the competition and make plays. That’s what I fully expect from Dwayne is that he’s trying to continue to make steps to being a really good player in the league and this is the next step for him is going against really good competition that knows that he’s one of the guys that gets the football a bunch.”

A WHOLE BUNCH OF NUMBERS

As the Chiefs get ready to begin the fourth quarter of the season with this game against the Chargers, here’s some of the important statistics they’ve registered to this point.

The Chiefs have the No. 6 offense in the league with an average of 373.8 yards per game. They are first in rushing, now averaging 175.2 and they fall to 25th in passing yards at 198.7 yards per game.

Defensively, they are right in the middle of the pack, at No. 16 in yards allowed at 334.9 yards per game. They are 12th against the run, giving up an average of 101.8 yards per game and 21st in passing yards allowed at 233.1 yards per game.

In the turnover ratio, they are tied for seventh at plus-7 on the season. In takeaways, they have a total of 16 and that’s tied for 24th in the league. They have nine giveaways, tied for the fewest in the league with New England.

In the red zone, the offense ranks No. 8, getting a TD 59.5 percent of the time. On defense, they are No. 29, giving up at TD 65.5 percent of the time. On first down, the Chiefs offense ranks No. 5 in the league, with a 5.99-yard average. On defense, they are No. 25, giving up an average of 5.83 yards on first down.

On starting field position when receiving a kickoff, the Chiefs are No. 31, with an average starting spot of the 23.6-yard line. On Ryan Succop’s kickoffs, they rank No. 27 in where opponents start their possession at the 28.3-yard line.


2 Responses to “Pacific Beach Tidbits”

  • December 11, 2010  - Keith says:

    I have always enjoyed watching Brodie play. I expect him to play well, and hope he gets a chance to attack downfield because he can really put it on the receivers. I am excited for him because this version of the Chiefs is stronger than when he was getting starts. Bob–Can you help us catch up with what has been going on with Brodie off the field?


  • December 11, 2010  - Joshua says:

    So did the Chiefs make it to SD? I heard the Giants got delayed in KC and won’t play until Monday.




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