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Patriots vs. Chiefs: Tyler Palko Isn't Really That Bad

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 21:  Tyler Palko #4 of the Kansas City Chiefs is chased by  Rob Ninkovich #50 of the New England Patriots in the second half at Gillette Stadium on November 21, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Caleb AbnerContributor IIINovember 22, 2011

In case anyone went to bed at 8:30 PM Monday night, I will assume everyone knows about Tyler Palko's disastrous loss to the Patriots. He had the lead early and completely blew it.

Palko threw two interceptions to one receiver, Kyle Arrington, making him a member of the worst-ranked pass defense and the league's interception leader. No touchdowns showed up on Palko's stat board and rightly so. The kid does not know how to play. 

I would understand 100 percent if someone made the preceding argument. But what one misses by only reading the stat board is the potential within Palko. The guy has fantastic accuracy and was beating out Brady in accuracy for the first quarter, edging him out in total yards by the end. 

Palko has several technical problems with playing the quarterback position, including a sideways throwing motion, weak arm strength and poor decision making.

The first is not very hampering but still a nuisance. Weak arm strength is not easily cured, yet can be overcome with short routes, options and screens. Tebow wins and barely throws, so throwing does not necessarily affect that aspect. Most fans and coaches would prefer to see 16 wins and 2,000 passing yards over two wins and 5,000 passing yards.

Finally, his poor decision making is the most easily remedied, as he only needs some more experience. Palko can run and does not have to hang onto the ball so long. He also has to learn to throw it away rather than into Kyle Arrington's arms.  

At all times, Tyler Palko gave it his all. He never let up, he did not go down without a fight and most importantly, he wanted to win. He couldn't pull the win off, yet all is not lost. Palko may never be a first-string quarterback, but he should be able to hold his own in the NFL soon enough. 

All Chiefs fans better start praying, just in case.

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