When the Kansas City Chiefs shipped Trent Green to Miami, Damon Huard became the odds-on favorite to succeed Green.
But not if Brodie Croyle has something to say about it.
Reports are surfacing that second-year QB out of Alabama quietly has become the favorite at quarterback heading into training camp.
Huard, who filled in admirably at starting quarterback last season when Green was sidelined with a concussion, said he would compete with Croyle for the job. He also conceded, though, that it may be in some people’s best interest to hand Croyle the reins.
SI.com’s Peter King even assumed Brodie Croyle as the Chiefs’ starting quarterback in his latest edition of Monday Morning QB. King ranked Croyle as the NFL’s worst starting quarterback, which drew the ire of one sports blogger.
The Chiefs drafted Croyle with the assumption he could be the quarterback of the future. Now in his second season, it appears as if the future is now.
Initially, Croyle can expect no respect from opposing defenses, who likely will stack eight men in the box to stop Chiefs’ runningback Larry Johnson. If Croyle shows he is capable of handling pressure and displays a knack for big, down-field plays, it might open some things up for LJ and the KC offense.
Hurting Croyle is the wide receiving corp. Eddie Kennison is old and losing speed and Dwayne Bowe is an untested rookie. Dante Hall, though mediocre as an offensive talent, is gone. Tony Gonzalez still is Tony G, but another year older.
This battle will rage through the preseason, but neither Croyle nor Huard should be considered a QB#1 by any fantasy manager this season.