Todd Haley: Is He Playing Head Games to Make the Bears Prepare for Both QBs?

John BartramCorrespondent IIDecember 4, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - OCTOBER 10: Todd Haley of the Kansas City Chiefs argues with Terry Brown #43 over a penalty call against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Colts defeated the Chiefs 19-9. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
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Either Todd Haley is playing head games with the Chicago Bears, or he wants to get attacked by a mob when he gets off the plane as soon as he gets back to Kansas City.

Kyle Orton is a veteran quarterback and should have been able to pick up enough of the offense to do a better job than Tyler Palko, based on what we've seen.

I was actually pleasantly surprised at how well Palko played—except for the six passes my 11-year-old daughter wouldn't have thrown.

It also frustrates me that Haley runs the offense with Palko that he should be running all the time. 

Kyle Orton has a better chance, now, of getting the ball to the talented receivers of the Chiefs than Palko does.

So why start Palko?  Is he really that concerned about his feelings?  Somehow, I doubt it.  Todd Haley has never come across as warm and fuzzy.

Or, could it be that he really believes that Palko has improved that much in one week?  If so, why the hell is Orton here?

He can't start Tyler Palko if the quarterback thinks that if he makes one mistake, he's out. Conversely, he can't start Palko and leave him in if does make more than a mistake or two.  The Chiefs simply cannot overcome mistakes.

I'm not sure what he plans to do.  He's been saying all the right things all week.  So has Orton and Stanzi.

I would imagine, for the Bears, game-planning for Palko and Orton are two very different things.

Palko is going to continue to hurry things up, quick throws, a few trick plays and a lot of handing off to the backs. 

Orton, on the other hand, will probably be more conventional.  Haley will probably run the offense, sadly, more like he does with Cassel.  This gives the defense time to hit, sack and brutalize Chiefs quarterbacks.

Is Haley up to something?  Is he going to fool us all and simply start Kyle Orton and leave him in?  I don't think so.  I think he's going to do exactly what he said.  He'll start Palko, then pull him when he feels the need.

Personally, I think it's the wrong approach.  We will see in just a few hours.