09-03-2009, 12:52 AM
1 The quarterbacks. Five days after Matt Cassel suffered a knee injury, the Chiefs are going to find out what their depth is made of. Kansas City’s top two remaining quarterbacks, Brodie Croyle and Tyler Thigpen, have weaknesses they’ll need to overshadow tonight. Croyle needs to prove he can finish the game in one piece, and Thigpen needs to show that he can make crisp passes. Tonight’s performance will help coach Todd Haley determine who might be the Chiefs’ No. 2 passer — and the team’s starter next week if Cassel isn’t healthy — and what the team’s quarterback rotation might look like throughout the season. 2 Haley’s attention to all details. The first-year head coach is now the Chiefs’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach after Chan Gailey was relieved. As if Haley didn’t have enough to worry about, now he has to mind the offense’s finer details. Haley’s three full-time jobs are each going to command his full attention; one of his tallest challenges will be delegating at least some of the duties and prioritizing a growing to-do list.