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    Chiefs have QB decision ahead

    By ADAM TEICHER

    The Kansas City Star

    Will Kansas City pick the potential of Brodie Croyle (left) or the experience of Damon Huard?




    RIVER FALLS, Wis. | When forced to choose a starting quarterback between Brodie Croyle and Damon Huard, the Chiefs will have hour after hour of practice video to aid in the process.


    Some of that video will be more valuable, like that from two joint weekend practices with the Minnesota Vikings. The teams will get together Friday night at Vikings camp in Mankato, Minn., and then have a return engagement in River Falls the following night.


    After almost a week of training, the Chiefs have come to know themselves too well. Cornerbacks recognize pass routes and can jump into passing lanes without fear of getting burned. Quarterbacks recognize pass coverages and can avoid trouble.


    Against the Vikings, everything is new.


    “Those practices definitely will help us,” said Dick Curl, the Chiefs’ quarterbacks coach. “All of a sudden you’re going against a different team and they’re going to do some different things than we might be doing. We’ll see maybe some different looks, different types of schemes. That’s good for us. In some ways, it’s like a preseason game.”


    Publicly, the Chiefs are being noncommittal about what they’ve seen from Croyle and Huard through the first week of training camp. Work between the two has been split almost evenly.


    The Chiefs are also trying to give them similar plays so they can better make a side-by-side comparison.
    “We’re trying to be fair to both of those guys,” Curl said.


    Privately, the Chiefs are so pleased with Croyle that it’s hard to imagine he won’t be their choice as long as he continues his current arc. He has demonstrated a better ability to make all of the necessary throws than any Chiefs quarterback in a long time.


    An example came in a recent practice with the Chiefs inside the opposing 10-yard line. Croyle had the narrowest of windows in which to fit a pass to Jeff Webb over the middle. His release, zip and accuracy were all perfect and the Chiefs had a touchdown.


    Former Chiefs starting quarterback Trent Green certainly couldn’t have made the throw. Huard probably couldn’t, either.


    “Not only did he get rid of it real quick, but he put the ball in a position where only Jeff could catch it,” Curl said. “His accuracy has been really good. The thing that will determine a lot of how far we can go with him is his decision-making when he has (defenders) running at him.”


    Croyle didn’t fare so well in a recent practice with blitzing safety Bernard Pollard running at him. Croyle tried to force his pass to Michael Bennett, but Pollard tipped and intercepted it.


    “It’s little things like don’t try to force things down the field when you have a back who can get you to second and 5,” Croyle said. “I’ve probably been told that more times than anything in this camp.”
    Huard has been hanging on in the NFL for several years, so it’s wise never to count him out. He played better than the Chiefs dared hope last year when they lost Green.


    “Certainly there’s a sense of urgency for me,” he said. “Like every other year I’ve gone to training camp, you’re always fighting for something. Whether it’s to be the backup or make the team, or this year to be the starter. I’ve been in this situation before, so it’s kind of what pro football is about. It’s all about competition.”


    Croyle’s potential and inexperience make him the riskier pick. Huard is the safer choice. The Chiefs are certain what they would get from him.


    “You believe in yourself and more importantly your teammates know they can win with you,” Huard said. “I hope that gives me an edge. But again, I’m 34 and Brodie’s 24. That’s the reality of it. We’ll go out there and compete every day and both of us probably are going to have to play this season at some point anyway. We both know we’re fighting to learn the system and the gain the respect of our teammates and make this team better every day.”


    Coach Herm Edwards hasn’t set a date for deciding on a starting quarterback but has said he would like to have one halfway through the four exhibition games.

    “You’ll see the separation as we go through the preseason,” he said.
    THAT quarterback is NOT a Pro Bowl quarterback. Never was and never will be.

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    let Brodie start. cant learn from the bench and if he is the future ket it be now while we are "retooling"
    i can remember what a chief super bowl team looks like! ......

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfpack View Post
    let Brodie start. cant learn from the bench and if he is the future ket it be now while we are "retooling"

    Agreed; although the Chiefs have been big on experience in the past with the noted exception of the Grbac/Gannon combo.

    I may well be losing some ArrowCash on this one.


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    I say let Huard have a shot. The finished 5-3 (albeit against a soft part of the schedule).

    I'm not ready to say "rebuilding" yr this yr. Let it be next year when we have more draft picks and at least one big name veteran will probably be gone (Allen / Johnson).

    I want to take a shot this year....
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    Quote Originally Posted by stlchief View Post
    I say let Huard have a shot. The finished 5-3 (albeit against a soft part of the schedule).

    I'm not ready to say "rebuilding" yr this yr. Let it be next year when we have more draft picks and at least one big name veteran will probably be gone (Allen / Johnson).

    I want to take a shot this year....

    Amen! I feel the same way.
    Thanks for all the yards, TDs, and memories, Priest!

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    There's a reason why KC has never developed a rookie QB. Refusal to take chances. It's apparent that most Chiefs fans have taken on the illusion that playing it safe equals playing it better. That has proven to be false for how many years now? Just sayin'....
    Last edited by luv; 08-03-2007 at 01:14 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by luv View Post
    There's a reason why KC has never developed a rookie QB. Refusal to take chances. It's apparent that most Chiefs fans have taken on the illusion that playing it safe equals playing it better. That has proven to be false for how many years now? Just sayin'....

    I agree it seems to be the staple of the Chiefs to start QB's that have been in the league for a long time who have seemingly never really gotten their shot. I'm not one to complain after the success we've had with it in the past, however.

    Joe Montana had a good year here. Just one, but a good year nonetheless.

    When Trent first came in, he was lights-out. I will always love Trent Green for those good years he gave us.

    I'm hoping that we see more of the same from Huard if he gets the nod. We will just have to wait and see though.
    Thanks for all the yards, TDs, and memories, Priest!

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    Quote Originally Posted by m0ef0e View Post
    I agree it seems to be the staple of the Chiefs to start QB's that have been in the league for a long time who have seemingly never really gotten their shot. I'm not one to complain after the success we've had with it in the past, however.

    Joe Montana had a good year here. Just one, but a good year nonetheless.

    When Trent first came in, he was lights-out. I will always love Trent Green for those good years he gave us.

    I'm hoping that we see more of the same from Huard if he gets the nod. We will just have to wait and see though.
    I think we're going to have a mediocre season either way. People say they want Huard because they still want a shot this year. I don't think we'll get it with or without him. Why not take a chance on an already second year rookie? Add a little excitement. Huard's been an excellent backup. Let him continue doing so.
    Everything happens for a reason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stlchief View Post
    I say let Huard have a shot. The finished 5-3 (albeit against a soft part of the schedule).

    I'm not ready to say "rebuilding" yr this yr. Let it be next year when we have more draft picks and at least one big name veteran will probably be gone (Allen / Johnson).

    I want to take a shot this year....

    I agree; this will bode well for my Arrowcash prospects.


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    I need to correct myself a little bit here. Joe Montana definately had his shot before he came here. He was just a little past his prime.
    Thanks for all the yards, TDs, and memories, Priest!

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