Chiefs Claim Orton – The Kansas City Chiefs needed to make a quick decision and it was made after the Denver Broncos waived Kyle Orton.
The team hopes of a winning season or playoff spot had soured a day earlier, when, hours after starting quarterback Matt Cassel was placed on injured reserve, the team was walloped, 34-3, by the New England Patriots.
It has been that kind of season, and who would blame management for standing pat, for passing on Orton and what essentially would be a $2.6 million, six-week rental?
Instead, phones rang all over the Chiefs’ practice facility Tuesday. Personnel people called coaches at the same time coaches called personnel people. The Chiefs weren’t ready to give up, even on a season that has so often seemed doomed.
They put in a claim and were awarded Orton – the NFL is set up in such a way that, in an act of either generosity or pity, teams are awarded players in reverse order of the standings – and a day later, Chiefs coach Todd Haley called the move a “no-brainer.”
That’s mostly because the team was uncomfortable playing its final six games with just two quarterbacks on the roster – and one NFL start, Tyler Palko’s appearance on Monday night, between them.
But more than that, the move sent a message through the Chiefs’ locker room that the promise coaches had been delivering to players – that this season is far from finished – is more than just lip service.