Crennel intends to start Orton at QB

Posted Dec. 14, 2011 @ 1:41 p.m.
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Chiefs interim head coach Romeo Crennel announced Wednesday that QB Kyle Orton will get the Week 15 start, provided his injured finger heals in time.

Orton injured a finger on his throwing hand on the first play after he was inserted into the game vs. the Bears in Week 13. If Orton is not able go, then the Chiefs will start rookie Ricky Stanzi vs. the Packers. Stanzi is a fifth-round pick out of Iowa who has not yet played in a regular-season game.

Crennel said he is making the change from Tyler Palko in order to jumpstart what has been a stagnant offense. Palko managed to lead the Chiefs to just two touchdowns in four games after taking over for the injured Matt Cassel.

The way we see it

The move is hardly shocking given Palko's disappointing play. In six games this season (four starts), Palko completed 80-of-134 passes for 796 yards with two touchdowns and seven interceptions. His posted a lowly passer rating of 59.8. In addition to the possibility of sparking the offense with Orton or Palko, the move will give the team a chance to further evaluate the two players. They haven't had a chance to see much from Orton since he arrived in town because of the finger injury, and Stanzi hasn't seen live action yet as a rookie.