Palko’s Time May Be Short

From MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

Now holding a 1-3 record as the Chiefs starting quarterback, Tyler Palko knows enough about football and the pressures of the game to understand that the clock is ticking on his chance.

That was very evident on Sunday against the New York Jets when Palko and the offense struggled through one of the worst offensive performances in 30 minutes of play in club history. By the time it was all over, the Chiefs were able to score a touchdown and put 221 offensive yards on the books, but the offense was not a factor in the 37-10 loss.

It was an ugly day for Palko, as he completed 16 of32 passes for 195 yards, one TD and one INT. He was sacked five times. Out of 58 plays, the Chiefs offense was able to gain 20 yards or more only four times.

And late in the game, Todd Haley contemplated putting rookie Ricky Stanzi in the game to finish things up for the Chiefs. Ultimately, he went back to Palko, but heaven knows if that will be the case if Kyle Orton can play this Sunday against Green Bay. Orton was inactive on this Sunday because of that dislocated right index finger he suffered last Sunday in Chicago.

In the first half, the Chiefs had 4 offensive yards.

“It’s frustrating to put in so much work during the week and then start the game like we started,” Palko said. “We came out in the second half and we didn’t quit. We kept fighting on offense and found a way to move the ball and got the ball in the end zone. It was just too little, too late. It’s frustrating.”

Palko was under constant pass rush pressure from the Jets when he was throwing the ball. Sometimes he held on too long, other times he did a bad job of feeling the pressure and sliding in the pocket. Too often he was brought down by an ankle, showing his lack of overall strength and the ability to tear away from tacklers.

But most of the time he was just snowed under. The Jets five sacks did not come because of a lot of fancy defensive machinations worked up by New York head coach Rex Ryan and his defense. They were just able to win the one-on-one battles with the Chiefs protection.

“The Jets put a lot of pressure on you; that’s just what they do,” Palko said. “They are a lot like the Steelers. They have guys all over the place. It seems like they play with 12 or 13 guys sometimes because they have guys everywhere.

“We struggled in the first half but I thought for the most part in the second half we did some good things. We had good protection schemes and the offensive line did a good job adjusting, it was just too little too late.”

And that maybe the status of Palko’s chances to be an NFL starting quarterback.

13 Responses to “Palko’s Time May Be Short”

  • December 11, 2011  - Chiefs Get Sacked By Jets, 37-10 : says:

    [...] SIDEBAR – Time running out for Palko. [...]

  • December 11, 2011  - Blake says:

    I don’t understand why Stanzi was not put into the game. Palko couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn, he is NOT an NFL QB period.

  • December 11, 2011  - Roger says:

    It’s not Palko’s fault. It’s Pioli’s (and cheapo Clark) and Haley’s. thinking he could play in the NFL. Of course, the OL didn’t do him any favors and that’s Pioli’s fault. Doubt we’ll see Palko, Muir and possibly Haley next season. This was a terrible blow out that exposed all the weaknesses. Good luck Jets!

  • December 11, 2011  - cychief24 says:

    If Stanzi sucks so bad he can’t beat out pituful Palko why didn’t Pioli draft TJ Yates? He went several picks later in the 5th round and is at least competitive with Houston.

  • December 11, 2011  - david says:

    Some of the fault has to fall on coaching staff. The other teams D know the chiefs coaching staff has no confidence in Palko and wont let him throw anything longer than 7 yards so they dont even have to play D past 10 yards of line of scrimmage. I just cant believe how bad Stanzi must be if they dont even give him a chance. Time to give Stanzi and Powe chances and see what they have. Orton is not the future and the wins arent gonna mean anything if he does get a W or two

  • December 11, 2011  - ED J says:

    In the words of Dick Vermeil its time Haley take the diapers off Stanzi. yeah we all know masterplan was to bring Stanzi in slowly because Cassel was here, but thats football that’s life you adjust. Cassel is gone. Tyler is horrible Qb. I’ll say this if Palko starts Sunday I’m done blogging or watching Chiefs until this guy is no longer starting Qb. No way Haley in his right mind can watch film from this game and think Palko should start another down as a Kansas City Chiefs.

    Start Stanzi from here on out. Give him all reps in practice no more of this cute stuff of splitting reps or trying confuse Packers with who’s going to start Sunday. Put the kid in there and let him sink or swim. Could careless about what this will do to Palko confidence he’s grown a## man he knows the deal he’s been cut enough times to know he’s not NFL QB.

  • December 11, 2011  - ED J says:

    And make it so bad I havent even watch the game yet I will later but looking at stats all day I got the picture that Palko was horrible again. Especially based off comments made on blogs and writers.

  • December 11, 2011  - cychief24 says:

    Classic Edj! “Blogging” before watching his DVR of the game. Classic Edj…just classic! ;)

    I’m sure the Chiefs will take your threat under advisement. The thought of you not watching them on your DVR hours after the game as well of the loss of your “blogging” analysis of the team both before seeing the game and after watching the TV version… I think you have assured us all of Stanzi starting ;)

  • December 12, 2011  - Bill Leifer says:

    Palko is obviously not able to play in the NFL. But Cassel is no championship level QB and will never get us to the promised land. With a good OC and a good supporting cast, he can get us to the tournament, but that’s about it. Muir was 100% predictable, which has also been a lot of the problem this year. If the D knows what you are going to do, with 85% confidence like I could just watching the game, then they don’t even have to play honest D against us.

    A normal schedule next year, a real OC, and some healed up players, and we will contend for the playoffs next season. I am not that worried. This team learned toughness this season. It was hardened off. We are not that far away. The D could develop into a juggernaut. Look how tough they have been when they get a breather from the O now and then. Despair not, Chiefs fans!

  • December 12, 2011  - Chuck says:

    Sunday against the world champions will be very interesting. Hopefully Orton will be in there. Not that that will save us.

  • December 12, 2011  - brainsmasher says:

    Palko and Dexter McCluster are in the same category–decent college players who probably belong in the Arena League 2.

  • December 12, 2011  - ED J says:

    Didn’t have to watch the game to know Palko was going to stink it up. After actually watching it though I’m not surprised by what I saw. Wiegman getting bull dozed by def tackles I never heard of. Richardson either getting beat on his blocks or just flat out blocking the wrong guy. Then Palko overthrowing ball or forcing throws that caused a pick.

    Other thoughts linebackers need to work on pass coverage in offseason. Too many times I’m watching the entire core get beat by back or tight ends in coverage. Everybody lost their cool no way Haley can watch tape of Palko last Sunday and think he deserves to start Sunday against Packers. Either he needs start Orton if healthy which I doubt or start Stanzi. No need of this charade that Palko is NFL Qb. All of us armchair Qb can see he’s not talented enough to be in the league.

  • December 12, 2011  - jim says:

    Did anyone else notice that Orton didn’t even have a headset on while on the sidelines ? How would he learn the plays and be able to step in at some point if he isn’t included ? Baffling to me.

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