Croyle did have a NFL O-Line, sure it was not as good as we would like, but he had a line. This is the NFL, you have to be able to play, take a hit, some people can and do not get injured. Croyle has not yet.
After watching him in 2007 compete for a starting job, but unable to seal it and make it his own, there were lots of calls then to not start him. When Huard got injured, we put in Croyle, and it was his job from then on. There were a lot of injuries in 2007 because the line sucked so I stood by him, hoping to see him play better.
Last year, 2008, it was his job to lose. Well, injuries plagued him, he never finished a game he started. Sure he took some knocks. Huard took some knocks too, but he is old.
Thigpen came in behind the same line and took the same knocks that Croyle took and managed to play out the season.
Face it, QBs are going to get hit, even if they are not sacked, they still get hit. I wanted to see Croyle be the future, but you have to admit that he is pretty injury prone and that is always going to be a liability no matter what offensive line you put him behind.
I will be very surprised if M. C. is not our starting QB. Injury would be the only thing preventing this. No problem with the other two but a team does not give up what the Chiefs did to set M. C. on the bench.
Most QBs have suffered a whole lot worse abuse than Croyle did during the 13 games he played for us. He was sacked 19 times in those 13 games (1.5/game). To put this in perspective, Tyler Thigpen played 15 games in the past two years and has been sacked 26 times (1.7/game). Damon Huard played in 26 games over the past three years and was sacked 61 times (2.4/game). And that's just the Chiefs QBs. Cassel has played in 16 games last season, and he was sacked 47 times (2.9/game). Rothlisberger won a Super Bowl with a line that gave up 46 sacks (2.9/game).
Brodie was not hit more than any other QB on this team or on most teams. Did/does our OL stink? Sure. But Brodie's a fragile player. I don't see any way for you to debate that fact.
And a QB that does everything right but can't stay healthy is as useless as one who does everything wrong.
that no one but you has any faith in Croyle anymore. :bananen_smilies046:
Do I agree with it? No, that's why Herm's gone. Would I like to see him get another chance? Not really, I think Cassel is better and he's probably even with Thigpen. Croyle just doesn't have the body to survive in the NFL.
If we're talking about playing behind a good o line I say Huard is better than Croyle.