Who Is Tyler Thigpen? A Look at the Chiefs' New Starting Quarterback

Bleacher ReportAnalyst ISeptember 20, 2008

Sure, we've heard that quarterback Tyler Thigpen will be starting for the Kansas City Chiefs when the Chiefs travel to Atlanta to play the Falcons. With both Brodie Croyle and Damon Huard out with injuries, Thigpen was named the starter by head coach Herm Edwards.

Thigpen knows what to expect when he sets up behind center Sunday.

"I imagine that me being a young guy, they’re going to try to bring some different stuff at me to try to confuse me," Thigpen said. "We’re going to stick to our game plan and get the ball out of my hands and let my playmakers make plays."

Last week against Oakland, Thigpen looked like the young quarterback that he is, often trying to make difficult throws or not making easy passes that he should've made. Thigpen calls it a dream come true to be able to start a game in the NFL.

Thigpen was the first-ever quarterback for Coastal Carolina University (located near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina) which began its football program in 2003, and of course he was the first player from Coastal Carolina to be drafted by an NFL team. He was drafted in the seventh round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings.

He was released by the Vikings last offseason after competing with Tarvaris Jackson, Brooks Bollinger, and Drew Henson for a roster spot. He was signed by the Chiefs the following day.

Thigpen tore his medial collateral ligament (MCL) in practice later in the week after replacing an injured Damon Huard against the San Diego Chargers on Dec. 12, 2007.

In 2007, Thigpen completed 2-of-6 passing attempts for 41 yards and an interception. He was also sacked once. So far in 2008, he has completed 14-of-33 attempts for 151 yards, a touchdown, and an interception. He has been sacked three times.