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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Damon Huard, a career backup who played well in relief last season, was selected the starting quarterback Saturday for the Kansas City Chiefs.

The 34-year-old Huard went 5-3 last season after Trent Green was injured in the season opener. He had been battling second-year quarterback Brodie Croyle for the job after Green was traded to Miami.

The 24-year-old Croyle apparently played himself out of contention by throwing an interception in each of three preseason games. Huard sat out the Chiefs preseason loss Thursday against the Saints because of a sore calf muscle.

The Chiefs regular-season opener is Sept. 9 against the Texans in Houston.

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This really aint any type of "New news" if you ask any of us Jet fans.

When was the last time Sperm Deadwards gave a young kid a chance in the regular season?

Oh I know the answer... It was when a over the hill S.Cowart went down due to an injury and then Sperm was FORCED to play a sitting in the dog-house, on the sidelines rookie in Vilma.

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This really aint any type of "New news" if you ask any of us Jet fans.

When was the last time Sperm Deadwards gave a young kid a chance in the regular season?

Oh I know the answer... It was when a over the hill S.Cowart went down due to an injury and then Sperm was FORCED to play a sitting in the dog-house, on the sidelines rookie in Vilma.

Vilma has played in every game of his NFL career... lol

Sperm Deadwards? :rolleyes:

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Vilma WAS NOT THE STARTING MLB in the 4-3 before the injury to Cowart.

He didnt START the 1st two games of his career... how is that Edwards fault... lol He has started all but his 1st two games...

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He didnt START the 1st two games of his career... how is that Edwards fault... lol He has started all but his 1st two games...

Grow up man, stop trying to pick fights and "Argue" over the damn internet...

Get the point already... J.Cotchery broke almost ALL OF T.HOLTS RECORDS while playing at NC State... And Herm kept this man in the dog-house... Common sence will let you know that if a player breaks records set my T.Holt... When then he is a PLAYER.

I know 100% that if the injury to Cowart would have never happened, Vilma would have never started a single game his rookie season.

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This really aint any type of "New news" if you ask any of us Jet fans.

When was the last time Sperm Deadwards gave a young kid a chance in the regular season?

Oh I know the answer... It was when a over the hill S.Cowart went down due to an injury and then Sperm was FORCED to play a sitting in the dog-house, on the sidelines rookie in Vilma.

Not Vilma, I think the player you're thinking of is Victor Hobson who took Mo Lewis's place...

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anyway back to Croyle v Huard...they were handing Brodie the job on a silver platter and he blew it...good thing Petersen doesn't listen to Dick Curl..because we all know who really runs that team and it ain't Herman Edwards guys...Gunther and Carl

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anyway back to Croyle v Huard...they were handing Brodie the job on a silver platter and he blew it...good thing Petersen doesn't listen to Dick Curl..because we all know who really runs that team and it ain't Herman Edwards guys...Gunther and Carl
Don't think ayone is going to be taking credit for the 2007 KC Chiefs by season's end. "Slink away in hope that no one remembers this debacle" seems more likely.
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Don't think ayone is going to be taking credit for the 2007 KC Chiefs by season's end. "Slink away in hope that no one remembers this debacle" seems more likely.

you still gotta watch out for that defense Bugg-Gunther still knows how to coach them up on that side of the ball-that kicker will cost them 2 games this year-at LEAST

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anyway back to Croyle v Huard...they were handing Brodie the job on a silver platter and he blew it...good thing Petersen doesn't listen to Dick Curl..because we all know who really runs that team and it ain't Herman Edwards guys...Gunther and Carl

So your telling me that the running of LJ into the ground had nothing to do with Herm Edawrds??? Run, Run, (3rd and 7, run a draw play)is exactly what Edwards did here in NY with C.Martin.

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Grow up man, stop trying to pick fights and "Argue" over the damn internet...

Get the point already... J.Cotchery broke almost ALL OF T.HOLTS RECORDS while playing at NC State... And Herm kept this man in the dog-house... Common sence will let you know that if a player breaks records set my T.Holt... When then he is a PLAYER.

I know 100% that if the injury to Cowart would have never happened, Vilma would have never started a single game his rookie season.

Easy man...

Cotch and Vilma were 2 different situations completely...

Cowart was a damn good LB... Vilma took over for him 2 games into his rookie year... Herm did NOTHING wrong there...

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All I'm saying is that if the Injury to Cowart would have never happend that season, Vilma would have sat the bench most of the year...

Not true, Vilma played and made tackles in the two games he didnt start... he would have earned even more playing time... and like I said... Cowart was no slouch... if Herm plaed him... it wasnt necessarily a bad move... they were making a playoff/superbowl push... Cowart was the right choice VS a rookie...

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Not true, Vilma played and made tackles in the two games he didnt start... he would have earned even more playing time... and like I said... Cowart was no slouch... if Herm plaed him... it wasnt necessarily a bad move... they were making a playoff/superbowl push... Cowart was the right choice VS a rookie...

I guess you may be right... But all I'm saying is that Edwards is not a good coach AT ALL... I use to love Herm Edwards, I was one who was PISSED that we lost Herm as a coach, ultill I seen the way Mangini runs things... We have found an X's and O's type of coach in Mangini, and thats what wins Superbowls...

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I guess you may be right... But all I'm saying is that Edwards is not a good coach AT ALL... I use to love Herm Edwards, I was one who was PISSED that we lost Herm as a coach, ultill I seen the way Mangini runs things... We have found an X's and O's type of coach in Mangini, and thats what wins Superbowls...

I hate him now as a coach, hated him then... but the Cowart/Vilma thing is not one of the reasons why... thats all...

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By ADAM TEICHER

Posted on Sun, Aug. 26, 2007 07:15 AM

The Kansas City Star

Damon Huard will be the quarterback slinging passes when the Chiefs start their season on the road Sept. 9 against the Houston Texans.

Damon Huard, the quintessential journeyman quarterback, finally has a team to call his own.

For how long is another matter, but for the Sept. 9 regular-season opener against the Texans in Houston, Huard will be the Chiefs’ starting quarterback.

Huard beat out Brodie Croyle, who needed only to show coach Herm Edwards anything of substance in the first three preseason games. Croyle, who threw three interceptions, couldn’t manage that.

Edwards had little choice but to go with Huard, who also hasn’t played well in the preseason but was the NFL’s second-rated passer last year while filling in for the injured Trent Green.

“He gives us the best chance to win on the road in Houston,” Edwards said. “Our team will rally around him. He brings a bit of calmness in the huddle for us right now, which I think we need, and some stability at that position. We haven’t been very consistent on offense.

“There are certain things you know he’s not going to do, or you’re pretty sure about it. You know he’s going to protect the football. We can’t turn the ball over right now. We just can’t. It kills drives, and it kills momentum and it keeps our defense out on the field too long.”

Between that lukewarm endorsement and Edwards’ history with quarterback changes, Huard may not have the job for long. In 2002, Edwards, while coaching the New York Jets, made young Chad Pennington the starter five games into the season over veteran Vinny Testaverde.

The Jets that year started 1-3 but rallied under Pennington, finishing 9-7 and winning the AFC East title. Edwards has said he sees much of Pennington in Croyle’s play.

Asked how long until Croyle gets his turn, Edwards said: “I’m a big guy about production. If you’re producing, you play. If there comes a point where a player is not producing, it doesn’t matter what position he plays. You have to give other people an opportunity.

“Brodie Croyle has a great future for us. He will one day be the starting quarterback for this football team. You can see a lot of flashes, a lot of potential in the guy. But it’s all about winning and all about winning now.”

The move was well-received in the locker room, though players were trying hard to appear not to be taking sides.

“We know what (Huard) has to offer,” guard Brian Waters said. “We know what he gives to us. Damon brings stability. He brings consistency.”

The decision qualifies as something of an upset. From the moments after last season ended, Edwards has been liberal with his praise of Croyle. Trent Green in the spring asked for a trade to Miami because he thought the quarterback competition would be skewed toward Croyle.

Things would have wound up differently had Croyle not appeared lost during the preseason. Edwards didn’t want to play Croyle if he was overwhelmed.

“(Huard) can move the team,” Edwards said. “He’s been in the huddle with these guys before. They have some confidence in the guy because he’s done that.

“(The quarterback) gets the blame for everything. When a guy drops the ball, you get the blame. When a guy doesn’t make a block, you get the blame. When you throw an interception, you get the blame.

“You have to take the bullets for the team. That’s why you have to have a strong-willed and strong-minded guy that can’t get distracted by everything that’s said, good or bad. Damon’s had a great focus his whole career. That’s why he’s been able to do the things he’s been able to accomplish.”

Croyle completed just 44 percent of his preseason passes with one touchdown and three interceptions.

“They didn’t feel I was ready to go,” Croyle said. “Obviously, I didn’t show it at the game. I had the perfect opportunity to go out there and make my claim. I didn’t do it. They were kind of waiting for me to go do it, and I didn’t.”

It’s probably more accurate to say Croyle lost the starting spot than Huard won it. In two preseason games, Huard failed to lead the Chiefs to a touchdown.

“I was observing the situation and wanting somebody to come forward to take the job. It never happened that way,” Edwards acknowledged. “(Huard) earned it in the way he played last year. He’s a veteran guy coming back, and you have to take the job from the guy. It was his job, basically.”

Huard isn’t about to give it back. He spent 10 years rightfully wondering whether any team would make him its starting quarterback.

At 34, Huard has only 14 career starts, eight of them coming last year for the injured Green. He re-signed with the Chiefs last winter hoping for the chance, but knowing it might not come.

Still, he was in no mood to celebrate after receiving the news from Edwards

“It’s good news, but there’s still a lot of work left to do,” Huard said. “It’s my job to help this team win some football games now.

“I felt real good up there in River Falls (at training camp). I think the coaches were happy with the things I did. I wish we had scored some more points in the preseason games, but we’ll get it going.”

Huard didn’t practice Saturday because of a sore calf muscle that also kept him from working last week or playing in Thursday night’s loss to New Orleans. Edwards said it was unlikely Huard would play in the final preseason game Thursday night against the Rams in St. Louis.

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“There are certain things you know he’s not going to do, or you’re pretty sure about it. You know he’s going to protect the football. We can’t turn the ball over right now. We just can’t. It kills drives, and it kills momentum and it keeps our defense out on the field too long.”

Between that lukewarm endorsement and Edwards’ history with quarterback changes, Huard may not have the job for long. In 2002, Edwards, while coaching the New York Jets, made young Chad Pennington the starter five games into the season over veteran Vinny Testaverde.

The Jets that year started 1-3 but rallied under Pennington, finishing 9-7 and winning the AFC East title. Edwards has said he sees much of Pennington in Croyle’s play.

Just absolute bull****, he should just come out and say he's terrified to play a rookie. and also, Vinny T was injured in 2002 and that made the Pennington decision a no brainer. this article makes it seem like it was a brilliant strategic move by that jackass Herm. he also criticized Pennington in the Jaxonville game in 2002 that Testaverde got injured in for throwing an INT.

“I was observing the situation and wanting somebody to come forward to take the job. It never happened that way,” Edwards acknowledged. “(Huard) earned it in the way he played last year. He’s a veteran guy coming back, and you have to take the job from the guy. It was his job, basically.”

Well then why did you get rid of Trent Green? what an absolute dumbass.

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Vinny wasn't hurt when Chad took over BP...that was the KC game I went to and we almost pulled it out...Vinny was stinking it up and there was even talk of Jets fans threatening to wear bags on their heads if Edwards didn't do something...he finally relented and in his PC he had big bags under his eyes-it was almost like his hand was forced-by who I do not know...

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Vinny wasn't hurt when Chad took over BP...that was the KC game I went to and we almost pulled it out...Vinny was stinking it up and there was even talk of Jets fans threatening to wear bags on their heads if Edwards didn't do something...he finally relented and in his PC he had big bags under his eyes-it was almost like his hand was forced-by who I do not know...

The first time he played that year Vinny T was hurt. and I think Vinny was trying to play hurt. but my point is that he won't make difficult decisions on his own. he has to have his hand forced, you're exactly right.

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The first time he played that year Vinny T was hurt. and I think Vinny was trying to play hurt. but my point is that he won't make difficult decisions on his own. he has to have his hand forced, you're exactly right.

you know I was one of the guys who actually called the front office and told them about what was being discussed on the boards at the time BP (bag heads)...Chris Berman would have had a FIELD DAY. Woody must have gotten the message and made Edwards give Chad the ball..

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you know I was one of the guys who actually called the front office and told them about what was being discussed on the boards at the time BP (bag heads)...Chris Berman would have had a FIELD DAY. Woody must have gotten the message and made Edwards give Chad the ball..

You got through? I just kept bombarding them with emails! :lol:

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