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Kyle Orton is Romeo Crennel's starting QB

Posted on: December 16, 2011 5:51 pm
Edited on: December 16, 2011 5:53 pm

By Josh Katzowitz

Chiefs interim coach Romeo Crennel made big-time news earlier this week when he announced Tyler Palko was Kansas City’s brand-new third-string quarterback and said that if Kyle Orton’s broken finger allowed him to play, he would start. Otherwise, rookie Ricky Stanzi, who has been panned almost universally for his practice performances this year, would get the go-ahead.

Luckily for the Chiefs, Crennel (via Rapid Reporter Bob Gretz) has seen enough progress from Orton this week to announce Friday that Orton indeed will be the No. 1 quarterback heading into Sunday’s Packers game.

From Denver to KC
“Kyle did a nice job and it looks like he’s throwing better and so we are going to start him in the game," Crennel said.

If the Chiefs want any kind of chance to beat the Packers at home, Orton and not Stanzi has to be the one to start. The biggest concern entering the week for the Chiefs was whether Orton continued to have problems gripping the ball with his injured finger. But on Friday, Orton practiced without wearing the glove he’d worn all week to protect his index finger.

Orton apparently has not had a problem taking the snap from the center either.

“The ball has not been on the ground at all this week, so that’s a good sign,” Crennel said.

After the Chiefs generated buzz by signing Orton when the Broncos waived him -- at that point, Kansas City wasn’t quite out of the race in the AFC West, and it seemed like a necessary move if the Chiefs were going to defend their division title -- Orton got hurt on the first play of his Chiefs career.

Palko, with a 1-3 record as a starter, clearly isn’t the answer at quarterback, and considering former coach Todd Haley isn’t around any longer to try to save his job, Crennel obviously would rather have an Orton that might not be 100 percent rather than a Palko who is.

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Since: Dec 13, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 10:17 pm

Kyle Orton is Romeo Crennel's starting QB

Not being a very big fan of the Chiefs since Steve DeBerg played eons ago as he ended his career in KC,  but I do think that an injured Orton is better than what the Chiefs had under center and he will give them the best chance to win another game by seasons end.  Do I think they will beat the Packer?  Absolutely not.  Not going to be close, but by sending an early statement like this by reversing Haleys starter from 1 to 3 is something that could give the Chiefs to work with going into 2012 and maybe they will be able to add to this offense next year thru the draft and free agency.  Not a big Romeo fan, but you have to start somewhere and having Orton at qb could be a start since he (Orton) knows how to win and also knows how to beat the packers. But that was when he was playing for the Bears.  Never got why Denver would cast a proven winner aside for Tebow, but they did and now KC can capitolize on it. 

Since: Nov 1, 2009
Posted on: December 16, 2011 10:07 pm

Kyle Orton is Romeo Crennel's starting QB

Orton is no better than Palko.  Look at how bad Orton was at Denver.  Frankly even though I am not an Iowa fan, I would be game to see what Stanzi has.  He was entertaining at Iowa even if he had some turnovers, but he had some crazy comebacks.  I think it would be hilarious if the Chiefs would upset the Packers.  

Since: Mar 24, 2010
Posted on: December 16, 2011 6:57 pm

Kyle Orton is Romeo Crennel's starting QB

I do believe it's true. The evidence is unequivocal. There is much to said for it. It is what we thought it would be. marvelous.

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