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    Huardís injury tilts Chiefs QB contest further toward Croyle

    By ADAM TEICHER

    The Kansas City Star



    Chiefs quarterback Damon Huard is hobbled by a leg injury and finds himself looking at a backup role.



    The Chiefsí quarterback competition appeared to be tipping toward Brodie Croyle anyway, but Damon Huardís sore leg could end all of the suspense.


    Huard didnít practice Monday. He stood close by with an ice pack on his chronically sore right calf. He noticeably favored the leg when he walked.


    Huard has been bothered by the sore calf during training camp, but this was the first time he missed a practice because of it. There was no indication the injury would keep him out long term, but the Chiefs were unsure whether he would practice today or play in Thursday nightís preseason game against New Orleans at Arrowhead Stadium.


    ďI donít know that,Ē coach Herm Edwards said. ďIíve got to check with the trainer to see what he says. Weíve got another couple of days to see where he is.Ē
    Edwards said over the weekend that Croyle would start against the Saints and play the entire first half and perhaps into the third quarter.


    Asked what Huardís absence on Thursday night might do to the quarterback battle, Edwards said: ďThen you have to make the decision based on the information you have on hand. Weíll go back over the preseason games and the practices and everything else. Thatís how weíll make our decision. This (wouldnít) kill (Huardís) chances.Ē


    Huard declined to comment.


    Ever since last seasonís end, Edwards appeared to be leaning toward making Croyle the starter. Edwards talked in the immediate hours after the playoff loss to Indianapolis about the need to get Croyle ready to play this season.


    Since then, the Chiefs re-signed Huard, who would have been a free agent, and traded Trent Green to Miami, but Croyle was always a central figure in their plans. Before the trade, Green was hesitant to return to the Chiefs because he feared the quarterback competition would be tilted in Croyleís favor.


    Croyle and Huard split the work almost equally until Monday. Nothing the Chiefs have seen from Croyle, not even the two seemingly preventable interceptions in the two preseason games, has soured them.


    Edwards has been noncommittal publicly since the start of training camp about the quarterback battle. But he has said he wants to settle on a quarterback for the foreseeable future and not just this season, something more easily done by going with the 24-year-old Croyle instead of the 34-year-old Huard.


    Itís also obvious from the training camp practices that the Chiefs have more offensive capability with Croyle, who has superior passing skills. The Chiefs might have to live with a few more turnovers if Croyle is their quarterback.


    ďThereís definitely a great difference between the two guys,Ē guard Brian Waters said. ďDamon is as reliable as there is. You can count on him to be consistent, and you know exactly how heís going to be. Brodie is a great talent, but for all the talent he has, he has to be a more consistent player if he wants to play in this league.Ē


    Croyle welcomed the extra work, not only Thursday night but also in Mondayís practice. He and Huard had rotated in and out of the starting lineup in practice.
    ďItís hard to go out there knowing youíve got three or four series, because you feel like every play youíve got to make something happen,Ē Croyle said. ďIíd love playing into the third quarter. You can get yourself into a pretty good rhythm.


    ďAt this point Iím just as comfortable throwing to the second- and third-team guys as I am the first-team guys. The more you get to go with a certain group, the more comfortable youíre going to be, the more certain you are about where guys are going to be on certain routes.Ē
    THAT quarterback is NOT a Pro Bowl quarterback. Never was and never will be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canada's #1 Chiefs Fan View Post
    He has had a chance,maybe not a fair one, but he has played and when he did he did not play well.
    He hasn't had a chance. Like I said before, (Not sure where.) Peyton Manning and Tom Brady have both put up ugly numbers with that little of an opportunity. Nine attempts under tight play-calling is hardly a chance to show anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chief31 View Post
    Well, at leats we are down to one argument, for the moment.

    I just think that you have been doing everything in your power to discredit the top-notch work that Huard did last year, while I am complaining that we made the decision to give Croyle the job, without allowing Huard a chance to prove that he is a good quarterback. If the Chiefs were giving Huard a chance, then we wouldn't be having this argument. He would either sink, or swim.

    You complained about the negativity, but if you read back, you should notice where the negativity is coming from.

    I made the point about how young quarterbacks tend to struggle with poor offensive lines, for two reasons. One, was to explain how Huard was thrown into a fire and didn't make it. Two, to show how much more likely it is that Croyle will struggle in the same way and could suffer the same kind of career, because of it. I don't like the idea of throwing our quarterback of the future into that kind of fire, unless we have no choice.
    I am the negative one?? because I don't think Huard is great or because I have disagreed with you? Am I the one who picked the Chiefs to go 6-10 this year?? Did my predictions get "laughed" at because I choose to think positively about the team. Absolutely they did. Sorry that I disagree with you on Huard. I have said that he did not get a fair chance in the preseason but again no one really knows why that is He may have had this injury for a while. I do not think Huard is great, guess that makes me negative. I will refrain from talking about him anymore as I don't want to be the negative one here casting a shadow on all you lights of optimism on this next year!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Canada's #1 Chiefs Fan View Post
    He has had a chance,maybe not a fair one, but he has played and when he did he did not play well.
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    He hasn't had a chance. Like I said before, (Not sure where.) Peyton Manning and Tom Brady have both put up ugly numbers with that little of an opportunity. Nine attempts under tight play-calling is hardly a chance to show anything.
    So...it's kinda like...he had a chance, maybe not a fair one, but he has played and when he did he did not play well??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Canada's #1 Chiefs Fan View Post
    I am the negative one?? because I don't think Huard is great or because I have disagreed with you? Am I the one who picked the Chiefs to go 6-10 this year?? Did my predictions get "laughed" at because I choose to think positively about the team. Absolutely they did. Sorry that I disagree with you on Huard. I have said that he did not get a fair chance in the preseason but again no one really knows why that is He may have had this injury for a while. I do not think Huard is great, guess that makes me negative. I will refrain from talking about him anymore as I don't want to be the negative one here casting a shadow on all you lights of optimism on this next year!
    Come on. Yes, you have been the nagative one, on this subject. Bringing up where I am negative on a seperate subject won't change that. Not because you disagree with me, (usually that is a money in the bank guarantee that you are being the optimist.) but because you have spent alot of energy on showing how bad Huard is, when all you have seen of him amounts to being a peretty good quarterback.

    I have to get to sleep, I'll pick back up later. Night.

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    I belive that huard did do a good job last year, however, he has looked awful in preseason. Croyle has look good except for a few mistakes. Neirher has really had all the tools around him to make an acurate judgement as to how we really look. I hope that croyle will surprise us all. I think we need to keep croyle in and develope a franchise QB instead of getting free agents as we have always done. If this is a rebuilding year and we wind up 8-8. thats not bad for a rebuilding record. We could go 2-14 as long as our wins are over the donkeys I mean denver.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chief31 View Post
    Come on. Yes, you have been the nagative one, on this subject. Bringing up where I am negative on a seperate subject won't change that. Not because you disagree with me, (usually that is a money in the bank guarantee that you are being the optimist.) but because you have spent alot of energy on showing how bad Huard is, when all you have seen of him amounts to being a peretty good quarterback.

    I have to get to sleep, I'll pick back up later. Night.
    I never said he was bad. I said he has had a bad preseason and he is an average QB. I have said it several times. He was good last year. Which part is the negative part??
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    We need a guy that can get away from the 12 defenders that will always be in the backfield... I seem to remember this guy who was MVP of the CFL and has some decent scrambling skills... Hmmm....
    Thanks for all the yards, TDs, and memories, Priest!

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    like I said...gotta love Canada!!
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    I do more and more every day, bro.
    Thanks for all the yards, TDs, and memories, Priest!

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    3/15 for 40yds?I'm soooo depressed


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