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Palko to Start, But Orton Will be Ready
Posted By ChiefsWarpath.com On December 1, 2011 @ 11:11 am In Latest News | Comments Disabled
[KC Chiefs.com] The Chiefs stuck by Todd Haley’s quarterback plan at practice Wednesday. Tyler Palko was first in line during position drills, and the Chiefs said he took about 60 percent of the starter’s snaps, with the rest going to Kyle Orton.
Haley again indicated Palko would start Sunday’s game against the Bears in Chicago. But Haley also said that he won’t hesitate to change quarterbacks during the game if events warrant and he believes the recently acquired Orton is ready to play.
“We’ve got to get ready to win a big game,” Haley said. “We’ll do it by whatever means possible. If it takes playing three quarterbacks and going wildcat 20 plays, we’ve got to do that.”
Realistically, Haley’s choices are down to Palko, who started the last two games for the injured Matt Cassel and committed seven turnovers, and Orton, who joined the Chiefs last week. That Haley split the starter’s work almost 50-50 in practice between Palko and Orton indicates he’s having trouble deciding between the two.
“The number one task is to get Tyler to continue to improve and eliminate some of the things that he’s done that need to be better,” Haley said, “and at the same time to get Kyle ready to go in a limited amount of time in this offense and with these offensive players.”
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