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PostSubject: #2 QB   Sun Aug 21, 2011 12:22 pm

In loss, Tyler Palko strengthens grip on backup QB job
By ADAM TEICHER
The Kansas City Star

Whether he’s bolting out of the pocket at the first sign of trouble or
pushing a backhanded pass while on the run, Tyler Palko’s style can
often be described as unconventional.

He has also been the Chiefs’ best quarterback through the first half of
their preseason. Palko guided the Chiefs on the only touchdown drive of
the two games in Friday night’s 31-13 loss to the Ravens in Baltimore.

The 80-yard drive near the end of the first half ended when Palko, in an
uncharacteristic move for him, stood his ground with a defender in his
face and fired a 4-yard scoring pass to Terrance Copper.

Palko completed eight of 13 passes for 95 yards and the touchdown
against the Ravens. He by far outplayed the Chiefs’ other backup
quarterback, rookie Ricky Stanzi, as well as the starter, Matt Cassel.

While Palko may not have nailed down the No. 2 quarterback spot, he probably improved his candidacy.

“I feel like there were a lot of positives that had to come out of Tyler
getting a bunch of snaps,” coach Todd Haley said. “It was not all
perfect. I thought he was able to make progress.”

Palko’s night started on a rough note when he was hit hard and flattened
by a defender while attempting his first pass of the game. The play was
originally ruled a fumble that Baltimore recovered before a video
review showed his arm to be moving forward, resulting in an incomplete
pass.

The play didn’t rattle Palko. The Chiefs didn’t score on that drive but
they did on the next one. Palko completed three of four passes for 50
yards on the drive, but the touchdown was his most impressive play. With
an unblocked defender coming his way, Palko didn’t flinch and calmly
flipped the pass to Copper.

“They were bringing one more than we have and that guy is mine,” Palko
said. “That’s my job to give ground and let the receiver do his job,
which he did.”

Palko is getting the best chance of his four-year NFL odyssey. Before
joining the Chiefs in March 2010, Palko bounced from New Orleans to
Arizona to Pittsburgh without ever getting a significant trial.

It was as if no team took him seriously, perhaps because of his style of play.

“It’s not my intention to scramble,” Palko said. “Whenever somebody is
in your face and you feel pressure, you’ve just got to try to move
around.”

The Chiefs can make a move to sign a veteran quarterback at any time,
but the fact they have yet to do so seems to indicate they are warming
to Palko and the idea of him as their leading reserve.

Palko is distancing himself from Stanzi on their hierarchy of Chiefs quarterbacks but isn’t yet resting easily.

“At the end of training camp and when we make final cuts, we’ll look at
it then,” Palko said. “We took some steps in the right direction
offensively and that’s always encouraging.”

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PostSubject: Re: #2 QB   Wed Aug 24, 2011 10:29 pm

I don't think Stanzi is any good, but he should get reps over Palko because like Brodie Croyle before him, it's obvious Palko does not have what it takes to be successful. At least give Stanzi a chance by not making him play with 'training camp bodies', who have no chance of making the roster, at the end of preseason games.
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