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C-Mac
11-17-2007, 06:46 AM
http://www.kansascity.com/sports/chiefs/story/364942.html
Chiefs know they face a tall task
By RANDY COVITZ
The Kansas City Star

Quarterback Brodie Croyle will make his first career start for the Chiefs on Sunday against the defending Super Bowl champion Colts in Indianapolis.

Those who were there cannot possibly forget it.

No first-half points. No first-half first downs. An embarrassing 23-8 loss at Indianapolis in a 2006 first-round playoff game.

And that was with a Pro Bowl quarterback, a Pro Bowl running back and a Hall of Fame-bound right guard in the lineup.

Imagine how bad it might for the Chiefs on Sunday when they return to Indianapolis.

They’ll be counting on a second-year quarterback in Brodie Croyle, who will be making his first NFL start. He’ll be handing off to 34-year-old Priest Holmes, who will be making his second start after a two-year absence.

The pass protection is on pace to yield 52 sacks — the most since the Chiefs allowed 50 in 1986 — and the running game is no better, ranking 31st in the NFL.

It doesn’t help that the Super Bowl champion Colts, 7-2, are angry after two tough losses, a 24-20 defeat in a showdown against unbeaten New England two weeks ago at Indianapolis, followed by a 23-21 loss at San Diego, when future Hall of Fame kicker Adam Vinatieri inexplicably missed a 29-yard field goal in the final minute.

Little wonder the Colts are two-touchdown favorites and the choice in nearly every knockout pool in America.

“We know what we’re walking into,” Chiefs coach Herm Edwards said. “We’re walking into an environment where these guys have lost two in a row, they’ve just won the Super Bowl, they’re nicked, they’re in a division race, and they’re going to come out firing.

“It’s good for us. I like being in these situations. You find out about your football team. You find out about your players. You can’t create these atmospheres. They just happen. How do you handle it? How are we going to handle it? If we do what we’re capable of doing, we’ll have a chance to win.

“I truly believe it. The players believe that.”

Actually, the Chiefs faced a similar situation when they carted a 1-2 record to San Diego and pounded a wounded Chargers team 30-16. San Diego, 5-4, has bounced back, winning four of five since and taking over the AFC West lead.

The Chiefs, 4-5, and without running back Larry Johnson, who is out because of a sprained foot, have lost two straight and failed to score a touchdown in last week’s loss to Denver, prompting the change from Damon Huard to Croyle.

“You watch the Kansas City Chiefs enough and you know that if Larry Johnson can’t run the football, you probably have some bigger issues,” said Cris Collinsworth, an analyst for NBC, HBO and NFL Network.

“Kansas City, especially under Herm, has gone through this whole change and metamorphosis with their offense and their defense, to where they have to be able to run the football to throw it.

“Without that blend, and it comes back to the upheaval in the offensive line that has happened over the last three or four years, the number of great players they have lost in the line, maybe we shouldn’t be expecting a whole lot more of (Croyle). In my mind, the quarterback isn’t nearly as significant as they have to find a way to get the running game going.”

The Chiefs are taking an us-against-the world mentality. They know the Colts are banged up, just lost defensive end Dwight Freeney for the season with a foot injury; could still be without star wide receiver Marvin Harrison (knee); and several other key players.

“They still have Peyton Manning, they still have Reggie Wayne … Bob Sanders on defense,” tight end Tony Gonzalez said. “They’re coming off two losses, and we’ve got to go out there?

“It’s going to be tough, but if we keep our composure and don’t play outside of ourselves, we should be able to play well and keep it close in the fourth quarter like we’ve done all year, and then we’ll see what happens.”

All eyes will be on Croyle, the club’s designated quarterback of the future.

“It’s a tough position to be in, but he raised his hand to play quarterback,” Gonzalez said. “That’s the pressure that comes with the position. It’s going to show what kind of guy he is. We’re not going to ask too much of him, as far as he’s got to be a gunslinger and we have to put up 35 points. Our offense hasn’t been able to do that this year anyway. It’s about going out there and putting up points.”

Edwards believes the time is right for Croyle to take this next step.

“It’s good for him,” Edwards said. “Would you like a better scenario? Would you like him to be at home, and all that? It didn’t work out that way. That’s OK. He has to go play. Eventually he has to go play on the road.

“His adrenaline will be pumping. You might see a high ball sail into the stands.”

boogblaster
11-17-2007, 09:10 AM
Gun-slinging all the way to the Hall... GO CROYLE ... and a win on your first start will set your career ...

C-Mac
11-17-2007, 09:36 AM
TG gives BC support:thumb:

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/2007-11-14-2175545425_x.htm
Croyle confident as he prepares for his first start at QB

By Doug Tucker, AP Sports Writer

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It's hard to believe Brodie Croyle is not nervous.
Not only is Kansas City's second-year quarterback about to make his first NFL start, he's doing it on the road, in a roaring RCA Dome. And he's facing the defending champion Indianapolis Colts, who will be smarting from a second straight loss.

Besides that, he will be competing against one of the game's great quarterbacks. Peyton Manning may be angry after throwing six interceptions Sunday night at San Diego.

And if all that is not enough, the soft-spoken Alabama native will be directing an offense that has struggled all season and is ranked 30th in a 32-team league.

"It's a tough position for him to be in," tight end Tony Gonzalez said with a slight grin. "But he raised his hand to play quarterback."
Daunting or not, Croyle is keeping that hand high in the air.
"What better stage can you go into?" he said Wednesday after his first full practice as the starter.

"Going in there and playing one of the best quarterbacks that's ever played, playing a great defense - defending Super Bowl champs. You just go in there and play. I'm anxious. I'm ready to get in there. It's something I've been working for since I was a young kid. It's finally here."

Chiefs coaches and front office executives are also saying, "It's finally here."

They drafted the strong-armed Croyle out of Alabama two years ago hoping to find someone for new coach Herm Edwards to build an offense around.

After Trent Green got traded to Miami, everyone figured Croyle would win the job in training camp. But, turnover-prone, he played himself right back onto the bench and veteran Damon Huard was handed the job. But Huard never found any rhythm behind an aging and ineffective offensive line that seemed to highlight his own shortcomings.

Finally, Croyle was sent into action in the third quarter against Denver on Sunday when Huard was knocked woozy after committing his third turnover.

Now it's time for the young quarterback his teammates call a "gunslinger" because of his strong arm to take control.

Surrounded by a veteran offensive line, a three-time Pro Bowler at running back and an eight-time Pro Bowler at tight end, he's not likely to start barking out orders.

"For a guy who's never started a game, for him to come in and try to give a rah-rah speech ... that would probably not go too far or go too well," Croyle said. "I'm just going to go in there, try to play well and win some games. When we do that, leadership kind of comes."

He does acknowledge having a few butterflies.

"I'm anxious," he said. "I'm ready to get in there."

Edwards agrees it's not the time or place he would have chosen to break in a young quarterback.

"That's football," Edwards said. "He's going to find out a lot about himself. You want to play quarterback? OK, play quarterback. Would you like a better scenario? Yeah, but it didn't work out that way. He'll get a home game, but right now he's got to go on the road.

"He'll grow from it. Whatever happens to him, he will learn from it."

The Chiefs (4-5) have been giving Croyle almost as many practice snaps with the first team as Huard.

"That'll be a big help for everybody," Gonzalez said. "It's not like we're seeing something that we haven't seen before. Brodie is prepared. He's been prepared since the beginning of the season. I think he's going to respond well."
Croyle's NFL debut came in a blowout loss to Pittsburgh last year, and his first pass was intercepted and returned for a touchdown. After coming in for Huard last week, he was 17-for-30 for 162 yards and one interception.

"I think he's going to show what type of guy he is," said Gonzalez. "It's not the end of all things if he doesn't go out there and perform that well. But it's going to show some true character for him to go in there and just play well. And I think he will."

The Associated Press

scott free
11-17-2007, 07:32 PM
The things TG said here echo everything we've heard from Brodies teammates so far, we've been hearing these kinds of things since camp.

It doesnt sound like lip service to me, the team seems to have a genuine appreciation for this guys skills & intangibles.

Yet another good reason to have high hopes for him.

blueballs
11-17-2007, 07:39 PM
Herm after the game
Brodie has a broken body -but that's okay

the Talking Can
11-17-2007, 08:03 PM
"Our offense hasn’t been able to do that this year anyway."

That's not the sound of Tony driving a bus over Huard. That's the beeping sound of Tony putting the bus in reverse to drive over him again.

Count Zarth
11-17-2007, 08:04 PM
"Our offense hasn’t been able to do that this year anyway."

That's not the sound of Tony driving a bus over Huard. That's the beeping sound of Tony putting the bus in reverse to drive over him again.

Time for another photoshop!

scott free
11-17-2007, 08:09 PM
Time for another photoshop!

KILLER, these are always funny.

Like the one from last year where Herms driving it over DV as Sims watches.

evolve27
11-17-2007, 08:12 PM
Herm after the game
Brodie has a broken body -but that's okay

You forgot the "obviously" at the end.

Spott
11-17-2007, 08:17 PM
Who are the Chiefs?

Count Zarth
11-17-2007, 08:20 PM
Just need a pic of Huard getting crushed!

evolve27
11-17-2007, 08:23 PM
Who are the Chiefs?

Here he is.

http://i6.tinypic.com/71dtev8.jpg

Count Zarth
11-17-2007, 08:28 PM
Shadoop dooby doo!

http://img68.imageshack.us/img68/7023/busjw9.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

scott free
11-17-2007, 08:31 PM
Shadoop dooby doo!

http://img68.imageshack.us/img68/7023/busjw9.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

ROFL

Everyone is so relaxed & happy.

blueballs
11-17-2007, 08:31 PM
ROFL Brodie in overalls
must save that and use Jared latter

Ari Chi3fs
11-17-2007, 08:31 PM
Shadoop dooby doo!

http://img68.imageshack.us/img68/7023/busjw9.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

funny. did you take that picture originally?

Count Zarth
11-17-2007, 08:32 PM
funny. did you take that picture originally?

Nah, I wish I had another picture of a Chiefs bus to use...I used the same one before:

http://img523.imageshack.us/img523/8160/vermeilbusus3.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

Count Zarth
11-17-2007, 08:33 PM
ROFL Brodie in overalls
must save that and use Jared latter

If Gunther gets fired or something...that would be perfect. ROFL