A poor preseason outing on Thursday night vs the Saints sealed the fate of second-year Chiefs QB Brodie Croyle, as the Kansas City Star is reporting today that Damon Huard has been named the Chiefs starter for the opener September 9th vs the Texans. Last week was a tough one for Huard, who missed a lot of practice time with a sore calf, and he didn’t play vs the Saints. It looked all week as if with Croyle getting a majority of the snaps vs the Saints, he would simply have to have a decent outing in order to be named the opening day starter. Then disaster struck. He was booed as the Chiefs were beaten badly 30-7, and Croyle went just 5-of-17 for 45 yards in three quarters.
“I had a good opportunity to go out there and make my case to be the starter, and I didn’t do it,” he said. “I feel like I took a step back,” Croyle said. “I obviously played better last week. I’ve had better weeks in practice. Things just didn’t come together. I’m the quarterback, and I’m supposed to make plays. I didn’t do it. We’ll get it fixed.” Well, Croyle won’t be the one getting it fixed, at least not now. The role of starter will go to Huard, who went 5-3 last year in relief for an injured Trent Green.
The 34-year-old was signed to a three-year deal in the offseason, and while he didn’t look like an All-Pro, he did enough to beat out Croyle, who did nothing to take the job that the team seemed to want him to win from day one. Now it will be Huard who will get the call opening day vs Houston, and Croyle will be sitting the bench wondering what if.