Time to address the Kyle Orton controversy.
Orton seems to currently be the toast of the national media. The unwanted, forgotten man in Chicago who was doomed to fail in Denver with a failing team. Instead, Orton’s Broncos are 5-0 and the quarterback’s statistics currently make him look like one of the best in the league at the position.
And I’ve heard it myself, people are calling into sports radio shows in Chicago, livid, proclaiming that THEY KNEW Orton was the answer to the Bears’ 50-year quarterback dilemma and the Jay Cutler trade was a waste of draft picks. Cutler is bound to be a bust and we’ve failed again by not sticking with Orton.
[Exhale]. I’m happy for Kyle Orton. He was a steady quarterback in Chicago and seems to be a very upstanding individual. I like what he did here for the most part, but the reality of it is he did not play in the Chicago the way he and his Broncos offense are playing in 2009. Whether Orton can continue to put up his Pro Bowl numbers for the entire season in Denver remains to be seen.
If anything, I see his performance more as an indictment of the Bears’ offensive talent and potentially even offensive coordinator Ron Turner than of Jerry Angelo for making the Cutler deal. Denver has a stunningly resurgent defense that is allowing the Bronco offense to win close games, and their offensive linemen and receivers are vastly superior to the Bears.
In my opinion, that’s the reason for Orton’s success, not taking anything away from the fact that he has performed remarkably well. So good for him.
But would I personally undo the Cutler trade? Hell no. And I have a feeling the naysayers will agree before this season is over.