“Tyler’s our starter. We’re getting Kyle ready to play. He’s not like a guy who’s been here a couple of years. It’s a different situation. So we’re getting him ready to play.”
Todd Haley, AP
GH: With these words, Todd Haley has ignited a firestorm of controversy amongst Kansas City Chiefs’ fans. I have yet to hear any NFL analyst, any talk show host or any fan who is in favor of Palko starting over Kyle Orton. As a matter of fact, most are damn frustrated that Haley could even be vacillating on this no-brainer of a decision.
“I love Todd [Haley]. I’ve known him for years before he came to Kansas City. But you have to call a spade a spade. That was the biggest nonsense that I think I’ve heard
out of the NFL in a long time. The way he justified it. I’m sure there is a justification for starting Tyler Palko over Kyle Orton. … But to say it’s about winning and to go on about that on that diatribe, it didn’t make any sense. It was the most nonsense I’ve heard.”
Danan Hughes, former Chiefs player, 610 AM
“If Todd Haley starts Tyler Palko over Kyle Orton on Sunday they should fire Todd Haley! If Palko starts again I am canceling my season tickets! I am done! I could go on
and on about this!”
Gary Lezak, KSHB 41 meteorologist, 810 AM
GH: Lezak is a well-know KC celebrity and he is not known for criticizing other well-known KC celebrities – like the head coach of the Chiefs. Lezak going public with his anger over Haley’s decision to call Palko his starter should cause The Clarks some concern. Are the Chiefs about trying to win or has this Scott Todd regime disintegrated into nothing more than Haley trying to show Pioli he can be as big a bully as his boss?
“If what happens Sunday is what we all expect to happen, that Palko starts and Palko plays
poorly, then there should be an announcement out of Arrowhead on Monday morning
that yes, Todd Haley is fired. This borders on the indefensible.
Danny Parkins, 610 AM
“How complicated could the Chiefs offense be? Does Jim Zorn call the plays in Portuguese?”
Nick Wright, 610 AM
GH: No one in the Kansas City media has been a bigger Todd Haley fan than Nick Wright. Through every fourth-down dive play to his skull-wearing concert seats, Wright has backed Haley. But even Wright doesn’t understand what the heck Haley is thinking here.
“Every week you have to earn the right to put your hands under center and lead the team, whether we’re 2-0 and I’m playing well or what’s happened the last two weeks. I’m not looking at it any different this week. It’s hard a position to play; you’re going to have your ups and downs.”
Tyler Palko, AP
GH: Your ups and does? Palko’s two starts where he managed seven turnovers, no team touchdowns and two losses contained fewer ups than a Russian art film at the Tivoli.
“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 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.”
Todd Haley, Kansas City Star
GH: Orton is nothing more than a rented quarterback for the remainder of the season. The Clarks are paying him about $2.5 million through the first week of January. I would think the Chiefs might want to use it before they lose it.
“I just go by what Todd tells me. I’m the starter and Kyle is going to get (snaps), and whoever gives the team the best chance to win, he’ll play.”
Tyler Palko, Kansas City Star
GH: You can’t blame Palko for getting the starting nod. You can blame him for being one of the worst NFL quarterbacks in the last 10 years, but it’s not his fault his boss keeps giving him the job.
“[Orton] has to show he understands personnel. That’s always a little bit of a trick. But it’s
very, very important. It’s not something that just happens overnight. That’s a
critical, critical factor — understanding each and every one on your team, their strengths and weaknesses. That includes everyone on offense.”
Todd Haley, Kansas City Star
GH: What a load of crapola. Palko knows every player on the team but he still can’t avoid throwing the football to the guys wearing the opposing team’s jerseys! What does understanding the personnel have to do with hitting a receiver on a 10-yard out? Or throwing a skinny post? Haley calls it “a critical factor.” Isn’t avoiding seven turnovers kind of critical as well?
“I’ve always tried to pride myself on, is being the most prepared guy on the field — and that will be the same approach I’ll take this week.”
Kyle Orton, Kansas City Star
GH: That’s good enough for me. If Orton can discern red from navy blue, he’s my starter in Chicago on Sunday.
“FOX Sports Kansas City and the Kansas City Royals appreciate Frank White stepping into a larger role as game analyst the last three seasons. He shifted from a planned part-time role to a near full-time role and performed admirably in the booth at a time of need. We also want to thank Kevin Shank for his years of leadership as producer of Royals telecasts. FOX Sports Kansas City has decided to go in a different direction with these positions next year. A search for their replacements will begin immediately.”
Royal Press Release
GH: I believe Nick Wright broke this
story on Twitter on Thursday night but don’t hold me to that. It does appear that all the Twitter discussion forced the Royals into making this official announcement on Friday morning. Read on.
“Frank White now has no association with the Kansas City Royals. That’s not a good thing for Frank White and that’s not a good thing for the Royals.”
Soren Petro, 810 AM
GH: I agree with both of Petro’s above statements. But not with everything else he had to say regarding Frank White’s departure. Read on.
“Everybody in the [Royals] organization who had anything to do with this decision – and I
mean anybody in media relations, the radio booth…anybody – needs to look in the mirror and ask how did it come to this? How did we get to this point here where one of our iconic figures doesn’t like us and we don’t like him?”
Soren Petro, 810 AM
GH: Petro knows this answer as well as everyone in the Royals organization – Frank White is not a real great employee. Frank is not a team guy. Frank has had an on/off relationship with his hometown team ever since the Royals moved him out of his starting role as the club’s second baseman in the late 1980s. people forget just how ugly it got between White and the Royals back then. I had a member of the Royals’ front office tell
me in the early 90’s that White would never work for the Royals again. Instead,
the Royals hired White to perform almost every job they had over the next two
decades – except the one he craved – manager of the Kansas City Royals.
“Frank White is not the easiest guy in the world to work with. There are two sides to this story but there is failure all around. … At times Frank was a malcontent.”
Soren Petro, 810 AM
GH: Now we are getting to the crux of the issue. How many malcontents does your
boss put up with at your job, especially after he’s spent the past 20 years
trying to make that malcontent happy? Frank was the best defensive second basemen
I have ever seen play the game. The best. He has his number immortalized on the
scoreboard at The K. His bronze statue is there in the outfield concourse for
all to enjoy. I don’t see where the Royals are at fault here. The decision was
made by their television partner, Fox Sports. What Frank apparently never
learned is that after your playing days are over, you become just another employee
who is expected to do his job without causing waves. Frank was as smooth as
there ever was with a glove. What he never learned was how to be as silky in a
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