With Kansas City Chiefs QB Matt Cassel going down with a hand injury, Todd Haley will turn his offense over to journeyman Tyler Palko. Since he has only attempted 13 passes in regular season action, the Chiefs will limit the playbook to help ease Palko into his first NFL start Monday night against the Patriots, right?
Not so fast.
Or at least that’s what New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is saying.
If you listen to Belichick tell it, the Chiefs offense shouldn’t change at all with Palko under center. That’s because Belichick told reporters this week he only sees one major difference between the two Kansas City quarterbacks and it has nothing to do with their talent.
“I think Tyler is very similar to Cassel, except he’s left handed. The same type of guy – a hardworking guy that is smart, that has a lot of confidence … I think he can do all the things that Matt did.”
Just like Haley wasn’t going to cry about his options behind Cassel, no one expected the Pats coach to call Palko a bum. At the same time, Cassel is a guy that made his name in this league by helping Belichick’s team win eleven games.
Even with Cassel’s struggles this season, it seems odd for Belichick to say there is no difference between these two except the arm they throw with.