KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Chiefs coach Herman Edwards said there would be a change of strategy at quarterback. While he still wouldn't say whether 12-year veteran Damon Huard or Tyler Thigpen would start in place of the injured Brodie Croyle, Edwards did say he's abandoned last week's plan of giving playing time to both the veteran and the youngster.
Settling on just one
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Passing yards: 17
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Passing yards: 151
"We're thinking to be more decisive with the quarterback -- let the guy who plays quarterback play quarterback and just play with the guy," he said.
Huard came out early in the first half with what the Chiefs said developed into a stiff neck. Thigpen, who had thrown only six passes in two NFL seasons, played most of the rest of the way. Marques Hagans, a college quarterback who'd never been anything but a wide receiver as a pro, also took five snaps under center.
Edwards said Huard was better and would be able to practice on Wednesday.
"What we're thinking about right now is just letting one guy play. Whoever we decide," Edwards said.
The Kansas City Chiefs also made the decision to start two rookie cornerbacks Sunday at Atlanta, a potentially troubling situation that coach Herm Edwards insists will not cost him one minute's sleep.
"Not at all. Not those two kids," Edwards said Tuesday.
This time last year Carr was patrolling the secondary for Division II Grand Valley State, preparing for the NFL by facing Ashland, Hillsdale and Ferris State.
Career interception numbers also underscore how young Kansas City will be on the corner. Surtain, who may be out next week as well, has 36. Carr and Flowers between them are still looking for their first.
Nevertheless, Edwards said there's no reason to panic.
"I anticipated this was going to happen eventually anyway. Now it's come to fruition," he said.
The Chiefs (0-2) were already the youngest team in the NFL, with 15 rookies on their opening day roster and 32 players with no more than three years of experience.
"It's the youngest secondary in the league now all of a sudden. But the good part is they get to play together a long time," Edwards said.
But starting two rookies at cornerback would seem to be courting disaster, especially for a rebuilding team whose defensive line has not been putting much pressure on the quarterback.
"They'll get tested," Edwards said.
"For the most part, I thought they did a good job against the Raiders," Edwards said. "We put them in a lot of man-to-man situations, they played a lot of bump-and-run. We got no problem playing man-to-man with these guys. They go up there and bump them and run with them and press them. No one gets nervous about it. They do pretty good."
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