Remember back in 2007 when HBO’s series “Hard Knocks” decided to follow around the Kansas City Chiefs? If you recall, one of the major plot lines during that season was the battle for the starting quarterback spot between the savvy veteran, Damon Huard, and the young, up-and-comer, Brodie Croyle.
The series devoted quite a bit of time to Croyle (and his wife) and showed plenty of scenes where head coach Herm Edwards and Chiefs’ management gushed over the youngster from Alabama. They talked about how Croyle could do things and make throws that no one else could and that he was just a special player.
Well on Saturday the San Diego Chargers beat the pants off of that special player. Croyle, who hadn’t started a game since the opener in 2009, was filling in for injured starter Matt Cassel, who had his appendix removed earlier in the week. For his trouble, Croyle was knocked around and beaten up as the Chargers crushed the Chiefs 31-0. That loss ran Croyle’s career record as a starter in the NFL to 0-10.
Croyle finished the day completing just 7-of-17 passes, for 40 yards. That’s an average of just 2.4 yards per attempt, and he finished the day with a 48.9 quarterback rating. He was also sacked four times and the Chargers registered six quarterback hits. Because Croyle posed absolutely no threat through the air, the Chargers loaded up the box to stop the run. And they did, allowing just 48 yards on the ground to the NFL’s top rushing team.
Overall the Chiefs were held to just 67 yards on offense, the second-lowest total in franchise history. Kansas City only mustered five first downs for the entire game.
The Chiefs were also dismal in the second half, as they only mustered 16 yards on 19 plays. It was the first time they had been shut out since Oct. 5, 2008.
So while Brodie Croyle may still be the man when he walks in the door at home, and when he visits his old campus in Tuscaloosa, he’s sure not the man on an NFL football field.