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Old 08-28-2007   #1
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Today, I was all prepared to rip apart the Chiefs for declaring veteran quarterback Damon Huard the starter over the weekend.

I couldn’t believe the news when I heard it Saturday afternoon. Everything the Chiefs had done with Brodie Croyle this offseason led me to believe he would be taking the first snap of the season in Houston. Huard hadn’t done anything to win the job. I was livid.

I was ready to call the Chiefs a bunch of scared, gutless cowards for going with the safe, 34-year-old, play-not-to-lose, nine-and-seven-season option.

But then it hit me. There’s one incredibly good reason why Huard should be Kansas City’s starter in 2007.

He’s the MVP.

No, I haven’t gone off the deep end. Huard’s not a real, 30-touchdown, Hawaii-bound, Saturday-night-live-appearing NFL MVP candidate. He’s not even a 1,700-yard, Rockawear-promoting, $19-million Team MVP candidate. But what he is, at least for the Chiefs in 2007, is the Most Valuable Piñata.

Consider the state of Kansas City’s offensive line. There’s absolutely no blindside protection at the moment, and converted defensive end Will Svitek looks like a failed project. Who knows when Damion McIntosh will return to the lineup, and the degree to which he’ll be effective – despite a good training camp – is questionable.

Center Casey Wiegmann looks primed for another season of being shoved eight yards into the backfield by large defensive tackles. Guard John Welbourn appears to be a huge dropoff from Will Shields, regardless of how much the future Hall of Famer’s play declined last year.

And the right tackle situation? Yikes. The Chris Terry reclamation project looks like a complete waste of time, and who knows how long Kyle Turley’s back will hold up.

Where’s Jordan Black when you need him? Yes, Chiefs fans, the situation is that bad.

Surely KC’s coaching staff and front office noticed all of this transpiring against the Saints last Thursday. One can only imagine they watched in horror as Brodie Croyle ran for his life from New Orleans’ defensive linemen and linebackers, and came to the same conclusion I did once my rage subsided Sunday afternoon.

The Chiefs can’t subject Croyle to this offensive line. It would be career suicide to throw him behind such awful protection. His knees, both of them already surgically repaired after ACL injuries, would be at incredible risk.

Throw in the fact that KC’s wide receivers have put in a pedestrian show this preseason (Samie Parker, I’m looking at you), and there’s just no good reason to shove Croyle into the spotlight this year. It’d be like asking someone other than Rambo to go into Afghanistan alone and find Osama Bin Laden. Croyle certainly isn’t Rambo, but the Chiefs’ current offensive line is his worst nightmare.

When head coach Herm Edwards explained why Croyle has been relegated to the bench Sunday afternoon, it reinforced my thinking.

“Nobody helped him,” said Edwards. “Nobody helped the guy. Nobody made a big play when they had an opportunity, so it kind of gets laid on the quarterback. The problem is that when you are in a situation like this, you need some stability. You don’t need a guy that’s a young player who feels like he needs to make all of the big plays. That’s not fair to a position player.”

Herm’s right. It’s absolutely unfair to subject Croyle to this offensive line, especially when he hasn’t experienced the likes of Shawne Merriman breathing down his neck. And not only will the Chiefs see Merriman twice this season, they also get Aaron Kampman (15.5 sacks in 2006), Mark Anderson (12), Derrick Burgess (11), and Dwight Freeney this year. Throw in Denver’s promising rookie defensive end, Jarvis Moss, and there’ll be no shortage of heat on KC quarterbacks in 2007.

Anointing Damon Huard the sacrificial lamb makes sense. Throwing Croyle to the wolves now could end in catastrophe - a serious injury, or permanent scars to his mental game.

There’s history here. Ryan Leaf, hailed as San Diego’s savior in 1998, struggled immensely behind a poor offensive line while throwing to prolific receivers such as Charlie Jones and Bryan Still. Rick Mirer took a beating with the Seahawks early in his career and never recovered. Most recently, David Carr’s NFL future took a nosedive due to Houston’s expansion-level offensive line.

Let Huard get rocked this year. The Chiefs have no serious money invested in him, and his time is almost up anyway. Kansas City will have a mediocre-to-bad season, and might have a shot at a premier left tackle in next year’s draft. Maybe Michigan’s Jake Long, or if things go better than expected, Clemson’s Barry Richardson.

The Chiefs can then move McIntosh to right tackle, and find a guard to complement Brian Waters in free agency. With the development of Dwayne Bowe – and possibly one of KC’s other young receivers – Croyle will have a much stronger supporting cast around him in 2008. Edwards can then protect him in the same manner Marty Schottenheimer protected Philip Rivers last season.

In the meantime, let the Most Valuable Piñata do his job this year. There might even be some delicious candy inside him – a playoff berth. That’s

Pretty intresting article. Seems like KC could have some big time problems if the Texans D-line plays like they did against Dallas. Problem is, KC's O-line isn't a good as the Cowboys.
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Yay, they have whiny journalists in Kansas City too
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Yay, they have whiny journalists in Kansas City too
No kidding. I realize Huard isn't the flashy guy who makes everyone thing superbowls, but his numbers are solid. He had an 11 to 1 TD to Int ratio last season and was instrumental in getting that rag tag team to the playoffs.

Of course, I am an admitted Washington Husky homer.
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Default Re: Why Huard will starts against the Texans...

That should read "Why Huard will Regret starting against the Texans..."

I hope our Dline comes to play week 1 man. I heard Kubes congratulated Mario on his solid play but also told him it was just a preseason game and they need to see that every week...

So him and all of those guys need to get ready man, I know I am....

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No kidding. I realize Huard isn't the flashy guy who makes everyone thing superbowls, but his numbers are solid. He had an 11 to 1 TD to Int ratio last season and was instrumental in getting that rag tag team to the playoffs.

Of course, I am an admitted Washington Husky homer.
The guy is not really knocking Huard in the article, he is simply saying he is glad that he will be the starter instead of ruining their future QB. Huard definantly is a stable option at the QB position.
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well on the bright side, he mainly just needs to hand the ball to LJ, but the occasional 3rd and long is gonna hurt.
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I think the Chiefs are looking at about a 6-7 win season. Their defense is pretty good, but their oline is a major problem. LJ will help obviousely, and they have Tony Gonzales, but I don't know....I see 6-10 this yr. Hopefully, the Texans bring it!!
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Huard starts because Edwards feels he'll make fewer mistakes than Croyle. Herm thinks he can run the ball down the Texans throat and wait for the Texans to make a mistake.

I think Edwards is wrong. The Texans can score on the KC defense, and the Chiefs will need plays out of the passing game to win. Huard doesn't have the arm or the feet to make plays. Look for Croyle to replace Huard by the 2nd half.
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When you're heading into a new season, there's plenty of reasons to be optomistic. With the Chiefs however, they seem to be in limbo for most of the preseason with the LJ holdout, the QB controvery (for two mediocre QB's I might add), and a dwindling offensive line who lost 2 Pro Bowlers to retirement. They also lost their best DE for the first 3 games due to multiple DWI's.

My point is that the Texans are going into this game "full steam ahead" while the Chiefs had to take care of personal business before resuming professional duties. A lot of times this can limit what teams will be able to do, considering the limited amount of practice time the entire team spent together.

When I read articles like this, the one thing I take out of it is that they are starting to see the writing on the wall. It could be a long season for the Chiefs and nothing would make me happier than seeing the Texans hit them square on the jaw in the first game and expose them.
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Default Re: Why Huard will starts against the Texans...

I'm wondering if anyone else saw this. During the Hard Knocks, there have been two or three clips of coaches meetings where they debate who should start at QB. The QB coach seems to think Croyle needs to be the starter, and at least once Edwards was quoted as saying "You gotta pull the trigger some time." Then it would cut to Carl Peterson saying something like "Okay, so it's Huard."

I got the impression the coaches and front office are divided between who should play. As we fans in Houston know, a divided coaching staff/front office is bad medicine. If Edwards and the QB coach think Croyle should be back there, then they should have the liberty to put behind the center whoever they want.
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I'm wondering if anyone else saw this. During the Hard Knocks, there have been two or three clips of coaches meetings where they debate who should start at QB. The QB coach seems to think Croyle needs to be the starter, and at least once Edwards was quoted as saying "You gotta pull the trigger some time." Then it would cut to Carl Peterson saying something like "Okay, so it's Huard."

I got the impression the coaches and front office are divided between who should play. As we fans in Houston know, a divided coaching staff/front office is bad medicine. If Edwards and the QB coach think Croyle should be back there, then they should have the liberty to put behind the center whoever they want.
It's really been sounding like Edwards and the QB coach want to start Croyle and go through some growing pains while Peterson wants to go with the guy that's going to win right now.

This could end up being a huge political battle but right now, it sounds like Peterson won it.
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Huard starts because Edwards feels he'll make fewer mistakes than Croyle. Herm thinks he can run the ball down the Texans throat and wait for the Texans to make a mistake.

I think Edwards is wrong. The Texans can score on the KC defense, and the Chiefs will need plays out of the passing game to win. Huard doesn't have the arm or the feet to make plays. Look for Croyle to replace Huard by the 2nd half.

Even Larry Johnson needs an offensive line...........especially against a decent defensive line.
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Honestly i just don't know about this KC team. Herm is going to have to turn over the entire roster this and next year. That won't be an easy task with now with the Oline in shambles and no one really at WR(unless Bowe steps up and has a monster rookie year).

I'm not prediciting huge things for them this year unless a lot comes together in a short amount of time. Huard was effective last year but ya gotta wonder with the Oline taking massive offseason hits and his limited mobility could make for a bad combination. Add to that a brutal scedule could leave them to a team that made the playoff to a team competing for the #1 spot in the draft IMO.

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WK DATE OPPONENT TICKETS LINE TV TIME (ET)
1 Sun, Sep 9 at Houston (could be breakout day for Texan's Dline and good day for Schaub and co)

2 Sun, Sep 16 at Chicago(Rex faulters but the Bear's D is too smothering)

3 Sun, Sep 23 Minnesota (hard to rush against and improved on that side of the ball)

4 Sun, Sep 30 at San Diego (LT + SD Defense = loss)
5 Sun, Oct 7 Jacksonville (tough defense again but...byron is about good as Huard...push)

6 Sun, Oct 14 Cincinnati Cinci D has looked mediocre at best but the KC offense better step up if they want to win)

7 Sun, Oct 21 at Oakland (Oakland has a solid and the O will look better this year)

8 BYE WEEK
9 Sun, Nov 4 Green Bay (push )

10 Sun, Nov 11 Denver (better be ready Denver will be solid on both sides of the ball this year)

11 Sun, Nov 18 at Indianapolis (payback for KC or catching the colts in stride? my bet is on the later)

12 Sun, Nov 25 Oakland (if neither team has improved at this point a race for the worst record )

14 Sun, Dec 9 at Denver (Cutler is in a groove and Henry is rumbling)

15 Sun, Dec 16 Tennessee (this game could be a reflection of both teams...Croyle is probably starting now)

16 Sun, Dec 23 at Detroit ( Could detriot be in the race for anotehr top WR next year?)

17 Sun, Dec 30 at NY Jets( wow talk about irony ending the season the Jets will be looking towards playoff positioning and KC will be watching the playoffs from couches)
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No kidding. I realize Huard isn't the flashy guy who makes everyone thing superbowls, but his numbers are solid. He had an 11 to 1 TD to Int ratio last season and was instrumental in getting that rag tag team to the playoffs.

Of course, I am an admitted Washington Husky homer.
Absolutely, and he should have started the second half of the playoff game against Indy.
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