QB Brodie Croyle - Free Agent
|6-3, 204||Born: 2-6-1983||College: Alabama||Drafted: Round 3, pick 0|
2010 Week 14 vs SD (7 / 17 / 40 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
From the very beginning, it was clear that Croyle was overmatched. On third down and long situations, the Chiefs resorted to nothing more than short dump-offs. The coaching staff didn't appear to trust him to get the ball down the field, so instead they had him throw underneath routes that went nowhere. The Chargers responded by moving up and teeing off on him. There was a ton of pressure by the San Diego defensive front, knowing there would be no repercussions for letting anyone get by them downfield. On the few occasions that Croyle did take a shot downfield, he showed very little accuracy. At times, he also held onto the football a bit too long in the pocket. In essence, he looked like a guy who hasn't played much (which makes sense, since he hasn't). He did make one very nice pass to TE Tony Moeaki while rolling out to his right and throwing on the run. Perhaps the Chiefs should have tried to move him around a bit more, since he looked far more comfortable on that play than on any of the others they ran in the game, but they never really went back to that look again. He took a couple of deep shots downfield to WR Dwayne Bowe, but the timing was messed up on one due to the pass rush and a great play was made by the defender on the other - otherwise it may have gone for a 63 yard score. Simply put, Croyle was harassed all game long and never had much of a chance to compete in this one. Some people are going to look at the stat line and declare that the Chiefs simply can't win with Croyle in there, but let's not forget that Matt Cassel (who is having a borderline Pro Bowl season) was 10-22 for 68 yards in the first meeting between these teams. So perhaps it's just that the Charger defense has Kansas City's number in the passing game in 2010, meaning it may be premature to write off Croyle entirely after this performance.
2009 Week 1 vs BAL (16 / 24 / 177 / 2 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Croyle got the call for a spot start with Matt Cassel unable to go, and he really drew the short straw by having to visit Baltimore in Week 1. He struggled early to just get plays off and was benched for a series in favor of Tyler Thigpen. Croyle hung tough against the relentless Raven pressure, but he only really led the team on one true scoring drive, as one TD came on special teams, and another was only a six-yard drive. Still, Croyle had the highest passer rating of any KC starting QB in three years, and he had to make head coach Todd Haley happy, even though he couldn't come through at the end of the game. Matt Cassel is expected to return for next week's contest so Croyle will have to wait for another chance later in the year.
2009 Week 13 vs DEN (6 / 14 / 50 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Croyle came into this contest late in the third quarter to relieve an ineffective Matt Cassel. However, he was involved in a big play earlier in this game. With the ball on the Chiefs own 28-yard line Todd Haley decided to go for it on a fourth down. Croyle lined up in a punt formation and attempted to throw a pass to his long snapper. Gafford was actually open, but rookie tight end Richard Quinn jumped in the air and swatted the ball away. Later in the game when Croyle came in his play was not overly impressive. He was able to find a few open receivers in garbage time against a prevent defense, and head coach Todd Haley admitted he merely wanted to get Croyle some reps in the game.
2008 Week 1 vs NE (11 / 19 / 88 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Croyle got off to a pretty solid start compared to last year's performance, giving Chiefs fans reason to be hopeful. He completed eleven of nineteen of his passes (about 58%) for 88 yards in just over two quarters of work. Not top tier numbers by any means, but he did show improvement in the turnover and accuracy departments. He was sacked early in the third by Adalius Thomas and stayed down, clutching his shoulder in pain. After a few practice throws on the sideline, he was seen shaking his head in regards to the injury. All in all, he did not return.
2008 Week 7 vs TEN (9 / 10 / 63 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Brodie Croyle's season ended on a smothering pass rush. He was hit high and low simultaneously and his knee was bent awkwardly. He was just starting to get in sync with TE Tony Gonzalez.
2007 Week 2 vs CHI (4 / 4 / 55 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Croyle entered the game on the last Kansas City series of the game. He was leading the team into scoring range by going four for four on the final drive. The drive ended with a Michael Bennett fumble on the Chicago 16. Croyle did show off his strong arm by completing a deep pass while throwing off of his back foot to Jeff Webb on the drive.
2007 Week 5 vs JAX (6 / 13 / 83 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Croyle replaced Huard in the fourth quarter and played well, although he was running a hurry-up offense, as there was not much time left in the game when he entered and the Chiefs had not scored as yet. He completed several nice passes, including a deep pass to Bowe who caught it in stride. Croyle showed some moxie on the last play of the game by standing in the pocket in the face of a stiff pass rush and completing a pass in the back of the end zone for Kansas City's only score.
2007 Week 10 vs DEN (17 / 30 / 162 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Second year quarterback Brodie Croyle's time has been coming. The job was his to take during training camp, but he did not establish himself then. This year, with Huard's poor play, it has been continually anticipated that soon would come Croyle's chance. As he replaced Huard after an injury during this contest, it appeared that Croyle's time has come. He was unable to bring the Chiefs back, but in less than a half of football he completed 17 of 30 passes for 162 yards. He did have one interception, but it is quite possible that going forward this is Brodie Croyle's team.
2007 Week 11 vs IND (19 / 27 / 169 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
The Chiefs game plan was designed to give Croyle confidence by calling for quick, short, safe passes in the early going. Most of his passes were on target as he showed both his strong arm and a good touch. Croyle's arm strength was apparent on one play in the first quarter when Dwayne Bowe was unable to handle a rifle pass that would have kept the second drive alive. On the touchdown pass to Bowe, the ball was thrown to a spot where only Bowe would have a chance to catch it. He showed good decision making by not throwing the ball into coverage or forcing passes. The offensive line was able to give him plenty of time to throw as he was only under pressure a handful of times. Croyle fumbled one time on a sack inside the Kansas City 20 yard line. The fumble did not hurt bad as the Colts were only able to convert the turnover into three points.
2007 Week 12 vs OAK (12 / 23 / 145 / 0 / 1 pass, 4 / 10 / 0 rush)
Croyle displayed the hope of the future with deadly aim on some hard well thrown passes. He also demonstrated the frustration of running an offense with an inexperienced quarterback. He managed only 145 yards on 13 completions in 22 attempts and threw one pick. To his defense, he was often given little time to properly wait for open receivers as he was often chased from the pocket and even was sacked three times. It appears that Croyle needs two things, to be given more freedom to open it up and a much improved offensive line.
2007 Week 14 vs DEN (15 / 29 / 132 / 1 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Croyle had a rough outing as the Broncos lived in the Chiefs' backfield. For the only good Chiefs' drive of the day, they needed to convert three fourth downs. Croyle gave up the ball three times with two fumbles and one interception while passing for only 132 yards. His statistics were bad, but much of his woes should be shared by an underperforming offensive line. He should and is expected to maintain his job as the quarterback of the future for the Chiefs.
2007 Week 15 vs TEN (25 / 43 / 217 / 2 / 2 pass, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
Croyle Looked like the quarterback the Chiefs hope to see in the future during the first half. Coach Herm Edwards let the offense open up and Croyle looked good as he twice drove the Chiefs to a touchdown through the air and provided the Chiefs with a lead at the break. He finished up with 217 yards as he attempted an amazing 43 passes, completing 25 of them. During the second half, Croyle still had good moments, but the Titans began to push him better and his choices were not as well conceived. He threw two critical interceptions in the second half and the game got away from the Chiefs. Croyle has yet to win a game that he started, but he is showing a lot of poise and skill. He should be able to continue to put up decent totals.
2007 Week 16 vs DET (9 / 12 / 69 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Croyle was anything but effective against the Lions. His passing attempts were short and insufficient to mount drives. He finished with just 69 yards on nine out of twelve passing. He threw one interception that was returned 61 yards for a touchdown. On that play he attempted an unsuccessful low block that was called for a penalty and resulted in an injury to his right wrist and him sitting out the rest of the game.
2007 Week 17 vs NYJ (20 / 43 / 195 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 2 / 0 rush)
Croyle was given the reigns to be the main offensive leader as he threw 43 times, completing less than half of his attempts for 195 yards and a touchdown. In the fourth quarter, trailing by a touchdown, Croyle was able to hit wide out Jeff Webb for the first Chiefs touchdown of the game, tying the score at ten a piece, and forcing overtime. Croyle played well against the Jets however he was clearly affected by the absence of their rushing attack.
2006 Week 4 vs SF (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 pass, 3 / -3 / 0 rush)
Rookie Brodie Croyle led the Chiefs in the final two series for Kansas City during mop-up time. His activities consisted of handing the ball off on the first series and kneeling down three times on the final series of the game. At least he experienced actually being on the field during some real professional football action.
2006 Week 6 vs PIT (3 / 7 / 23 / 0 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
The rookie got his first NFL action in a fourth quarter blowout and was welcomed by throwing two interceptions, one of which was returned for a 30 yard touchdown.