QBs Over Easy & Scrambled

From Arrowhead Stadium

When it was all done, Todd Haley was asked to evaluate the play off his young quarterback in Friday night’s pre-season opener.

“I saw that they can run for their lives,” the Chiefs head coach said.

His tongue was not firmly planted in his cheek when he said that. Starting QB Matt Cassel did not have to worry about running for his life, because he wasn’t allowed to throw a pass against Tampa Bay.

That wasn’t the case with Tyler Palko and Ricky Stanzi, who went back to pass 26 times. They were sacked a half-dozen times, ran away on four other plays and threw 16 passes. None of those throws went for more than 14 yards.

Haley hoped to use the game as an evaluation of his quarterback depth. Yet all he got to see is what he already knew: his No. 2 and 3 passers are mobile.

“They both have scrambling ability and that’s an area I think we’ve been deficient in, making plays on the scramble,” Haley said. “Those guys need to get some time to throw. I don’t think they were holding the ball so much as it was pretty much a jailbreak every time they dropped back.

“They’re tough. They competed all the way through.”

And, they lived to tell about it.

“I’m sore a bit, but that’s only natural after a game,” Palko said. “We couldn’t keep any good momentum going; we couldn’t stay on the field and we couldn’t put anything together. Every time it felt like we had some momentum, it was gone.”

Stanzi was sacked four times, but said he had a blast any way.

“It was fun time to finally get on the field and go to work with some of the stuff we’ve been practicing,” Stanzi said. “It will be a great chance to get on this film tomorrow and take a look at everything and see the areas where we can improve.”

Here’s what all three quarterbacks got done with the offense:












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“When you don’t make any first downs, you aren’t going to be able to stay on the field,” Palko said. “It’s frustrating, how we executed. We just have to go back to the drawing board and practice.”

10 Responses to “QBs Over Easy & Scrambled”

  • August 13, 2011  - bhive01 says:

    Practice is indeed what we need.

  • August 13, 2011  - TimR says:

    I thought Stanzi looked pretty good – when he threw & was better than expected scrambling. Its a shame he didn’t run for that easy first down though. It was a clear sign he didn’t understand the situation, as Haley often talks about…

  • August 13, 2011  - ED says:

    Stanz played decent. I was more impressed with Palko when he got time he made some nice throws. He never got into good rythem because of pass protection.

  • August 13, 2011  - indplschiefsfan says:

    I don’t know how anyone can make a fair assessment of Stanzi. He no sooner got the snap than he was running for his life. Pretty fair to say that the OL he had in front of him wasn’t worth a plug nickel though.

    Palko looked surprisingly good. He had poise, his throws were accurate when he was able to set. He appeared to have a good grasp on the offense as well.

    My snap analysis would be this: Haley is known to be an “out of the box” thinker, who sometimes tries things out. He has also shown himself to be someone who learns from his mistakes. My hope is that he learns, from this debacle, that he needs to work his guys as hard as he is allowed to, and let the chips fall where they may. Tampa looked better because their #1′s were playing our #2′s for the most part, but it was still obvious they came to play a football game. The Chiefs didn’t, and I blame that on Haley.

  • August 13, 2011  - chewbone says:

    TimR is correct Stanzi lost track of the fact that it was 4th down when he threw the incomplete pass instead of running for an easy 1st down. After the play he tried to go back to the huddle instead of the sidelines. Then he remembered. Part of the growing pains, but it would seem that they would remind him of that in his head phone that what ever you do its 4th down so take a chance if necessary?

  • August 13, 2011  - cychief24 says:

    I think we need to bring in a decent back up QB. I was hoping Palko would look better.
    Stanzi is dazed and confused. Him not knowing down and distance is pretty typical of his lack of awareness.

  • August 13, 2011  - Craig says:

    Palko did not look good. We let Brody go so we could keep Palko? Brody dont pack your bags yet.

  • August 13, 2011  - brainsmasher says:

    Palko and Stanzi looked like Warren Moon in his one game he got to play as a Chief.

  • August 14, 2011  - Chris says:

    Stanzi is getting a bum rap. Sure, he could have run for that first down, but heck, he had been doing nothing but running the whole game. By my count he had under 1 second on average to drop back, find a receiver, and get rid of the ball.

    His made three good throws and his pocket presence and awareness were way above where I thought they would be. He eluded about 4 sacks that, if it were Cassel in there, would have resulted in huge losses. I think he will be #2 by time the preseason is over.

  • August 14, 2011  - Chris says:

    And don’t even mention Croyle. That guy is awful, and the fact that he remained on the team as long as he did made me seriously question the people in charge.

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