Practice Update – 12/14; Palko Benched, Orton Throws

From the Truman Sports Complex

When the Chiefs hit the practice field Wednesday afternoon, they had a new starting quarterback.

The only problem is they don’t know if it was going to be Kyle Orton or rookie Ricky Stanzi. All they know for sure is new head coach Romeo Crennel has benched Tyler Palko.

“If Orton is able, Orton will be the starting quarterback,” Crennel said. “If he can’t do it because of his finger, then Ricky Stanzi will be the quarterback.”

Going into Wednesday’s session, Orton had not practiced since dislocating his right index finger on December 3rd in Chicago. Crennel revealed that this week, Orton has been throwing passes with the trainers over the last two days.

“They said for short passes, he has been doing pretty good,” Crennel said. “Now, we will have to see how he does in practice. We might have to protect him a little bit from taking the snap.”

Orton did practice and the quarterback himself would not detail how many snaps he took part in during the workout. But in the open media period, Orton was the No. 1 guy, with rookie Stanzi right behind.

“I feel pretty good and I’m just going to take it as it goes,” Orton said after practice. “I won’t put myself out there unless I can (make all the throws.) We’ve got to be able to score points against this team.”

Crennel showed his experience from four years as head coach with the Cleveland Browns by addressing one question he knew was coming, before the media could ask – was the starting quarterback change his decision or that of GM Scott Pioli’s choice. “I told Tyler this morning,” Crennel said. “Then I informed Pioli the change was going to be made. It was my decision; I made it.”

For his part Palko took the news like the quarterback he was raised to be since junior high; with a stiff upper lip and the promise to continue to work hard.

“It’s Coach Crennel’s decision and I’m just one of 53 on this team,” Palko said. “Coach is going to make the decision that’s best for the team.”

When Palko was asked if he was being made a scapegoat for the offense’s inability to put the ball in the end zone he said simply – “No.”

Rather than keep Green Bay guessing as to the identity of the Chiefs starting QB, Crennel thought it would be better for his team if they knew who the quarterback was and they didn’t have to listen to speculation on the subject all week. Plus, Crennel didn’t think the Chiefs QB situation is causing sleepless nights of preparation for Green Bay.

“We have Tyler (Palko) and they’ve seen what he’s done,” Crennel said. “They look at Kyle Orton and know he has a finger, and they look at a rookie (Ricky Stanzi). I don’t think they are shaking in their boots about those choices.”

On the Chiefs injury/practice report for Wednesday, SS Jon McGraw did not practice because of the sprained left ankle he suffered last Sunday in New Jersey. Orton was listed as a limited participant because of the finger.

The Packers listed 9 players on their injury/practice report:

  • OUT – OT Chad Clifton (hamstring/back), WR Greg Jennings (knee).
  • DID NOT PARTICIPATE – LB Desmond Bishop (calf), DE Ryan Pickett (concussion), RB Brandin Saine (concussion), RB James Starks (knee/ankle).
  • LIMITED PARTICIPATION – G Josh Sitton (knee).
  • FULL PARTICIPATION – LB A.J. Hawk (calf), LB Vic So’oto (back).

21 Responses to “Practice Update – 12/14; Palko Benched, Orton Throws”

  • December 14, 2011  - Niblick says:

    I’m totaly on board with Crennel with this decision. I hope Orton is able to play.

  • December 14, 2011  - Michael says:

    Orton might not be ready, but I have a feeling we will see him play anyway.

    Good luck Romeo!

  • December 14, 2011  - Tim says:


  • December 14, 2011  - Josh says:

    Odds of any of the three options being viable against GB? One in a holy-crap-we-need-a-QBillion.

  • December 14, 2011  - David says:

    “I don’t think they are shaking in their boots about those choices.” I like it: realism, and a sense of humor.

  • December 14, 2011  - Johnfromwichita says:

    Good Lord. Can you imagine getting your first start against last years Superbowl winners and currenly undefeated Green Bay. Stanzi, if you’re the man, I wish you all the luck. Stay away from your RT; it isn’t safe there. I’ll be in section 325 but I’m not sure I can watch.

  • December 14, 2011  - ED J says:

    Hallelujah romeo for mayor

  • December 14, 2011  - el cid says:

    At the very least, it is nice to have a head coach who resembles one. I am tired of the Herms and Haleys of this sport. If you win enough games you are excentric, otherwise you are plain nuts or just crappy at your chosen profession.

    I just wish Crennel had a better GM standing behind him, I would not turn my back on Pioli.

  • December 14, 2011  - Johnfromwichita says:

    el cid you’re right but I think Pioli is mostly a puppet. I’d be more watchful of Clark Hunt. A soccer team? Really.

  • December 14, 2011  - el cid says:

    Listening to Crennel talk today, made me realize just how badly I disliked Herm and Haley. It was like a weigh had been lifted or my wife quit beating on my head with a drum stick. Have no idea if he is the guy for the job but at least he sound like a HC.

  • December 14, 2011  - johnfromfairfax says:

    Listening to you guys makes me wonder if this is the beginning of a love story of Shakespearian prorportions. Cid, if your wife is like mine she’s just using the drumstick to get your attention during football season.

  • December 14, 2011  - el cid says:

    Fear you are correct but isn’t that what we want that great love affair. Got to say it was only one press conference but I really missed it, a grownup as HC, a professional just doing his job. Frankly, I, we, have deserved a whole lot more than the Hunt family and their team have provided.

  • December 14, 2011  - Niblick says:

    I totally agree with what you all were saying about Crennel. Very professional and what we haven’t seen for a long time. I always felt Herm was auditioning for ESPN in his prss conferences and not quite sure what Haley was doing. By the way I just read that Haley will be on ESPN Audibles tomorrow. Probably won’t say much about the Chiefs but it might be interesting to watch him away from the Chiefs.

  • December 14, 2011  - Johnfromwichita says:

    el cid, it could be worse. I once liked Ron Prince. And I did like Herm and I liked Todd. I have a tendencey to belive in what and how it is said and, obviously, disappointed a lot. I ‘m hopeing this is a match. ( Is his wife’s name really Juillet?). Go Chiefs. Marty come home.

  • December 14, 2011  - Chuck says:

    First of all Iam glad to see that Romeo has a great sense of humor. The line “that their not shaking in their boots” is a classic. I love Romeo and I think the gang of 53 will play hard for him. I do think that we are completely outmatched and out gunned against the world champion packers. Lets keep it all in perspective when it turns into a 38-3 game. What did you really expect from Orton who has not played for well over 8 weeks and Stanzi who will be a deer in the headlights???? GOD BLESS YOU ROMEO.

  • December 14, 2011  - el cid says:

    Anyone who thinks the 2011 Chiefs are more than what we have seen, lives in a dream world. haley and his warped way of getting even with management asside, the team is one of the worst and probably should be suspended from league play. But I finally see an upside, if management can find a “real” HC, not the hottest flavor of the day.

  • December 14, 2011  - Tenand6 says:

    It’s seem clear that Kyle Orton couldn’t play last week. If Haley would have started Stanzi against the Jets, Stanzi could have been hurt. I don’t ever want to see Palko play again, but putting Stanzi back there last week might have resulted in injury. It was a good call.

    The Packers don’t have as good a defense. Orton and/or Stanzi will be fun to watch.

    The Chiefs have so many holes to fill. Hard to believe Pioli cut Gaither.

  • December 14, 2011  - txchief says:

    I thought Haley was the one who cut Gaither. Anyway, Crennel’s presence and attitude are far more professional than Haley and Edwards. It gives me hope that the players will be properly prepared for the game.

  • December 14, 2011  - rufus says:

    Maybe Orton can play, right now I dont think so. Ricki Stanzi time this weekend, is what it looks like. hope the kid can either find open receivers quickly or handle the beating. hello #52 Clay Mathews III

  • December 15, 2011  - KC_Guy says:

    New kind of approach to the media? I’m not sure Halezy would have gone into the details on who will be the starting QB and the process how this decision was communicated.
    We’ll see whether this “glasnost” continues.

  • December 15, 2011  - ED J says:

    Fans please stop with didn’t want Stanzi play against Jets or Steelers because you didn’t want him get hurt. Seriously STOP IT. He’s grown man and this NFL if he’s better QB then he needs to play. No matter who competition. This football you can get hurt at anytime against any team. This business is about winning. I was Haley guy but he really pissed me off leaving Palko and Barry Richardson out there week after week. Haley begin to put personal spats in front of what’s best for team. He was same guy who preached no yoyo players. Then he was same guy benched DJ because of his inconsistency and lack of dicipline. Same guy who moved DBowe to 3rd string in offseason. He lost his way somewhere between when he first came and now. Either way guys need stop treating athletes like its their kids or something. SERIOUSLY!!! These guy play tough game and best players need to play no matter how tough competition

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