We Should All Root For Orton

| October 8th, 2009

Neil Hayes writes a column comparing the initial impact of the Jay Cutler trade on both the Chicago Bears and Denver Broncos, essentially ruling it a draw.  It’s not a draw but that’s not a debate worth having with Hayes – who actually debates/contradicts himself about thirty times in the article.  (Can neither of these papers employ a guy with the capability of producing a well-written column?  I don’t mind disagreeing with opinion but bad writing is bad writing.)

A few things Neil Hayes needs to understand: (1) Josh McDaniels did not “seek a deal for a lesser talent” when he was attempting to attain Matt Cassel from the Patriots.  There is a consensus belief from everyone who left New England this past season that Matty’s the real deal, hence the $63 million contract.  (2) You can’t call something a draw and write, “Despite how comparable the numbers are, Cutler has been more responsible for Chicago’s success than Orton has been for Denver’s.”  THAT’S THE OPPOSITE OF A DRAW!

All of this is bullshit butter being spread on bullshit bread – the media’s desperate attempt to create animosity for a player who showed nothing but professionalism during his tenure with our club.  There is no rivalry between Jay Cutler and Kyle Orton and if folks want to forever link their careers, I’m afraid the Orton fans are going to be greatly disappointed.  Cutler wasn’t dealt straight up for another quarterback.  He was dealt for two first-round picks AND another quarterback.  It’s an important distinction.  If there is a rivalry to discuss, it’s between Cutler and McDaniels – an unproven coach who has begun his head coaching tenure the same way Eric Mangini did.  He’s winning against an easy schedule.

And remember this fact: the Bears do not acquire Jay Cutler without Kyle Orton.  The Redskins had a similar deal worked out for the star quarterback and Joshy McD chose Orton’s ability over the arm strength of Jason Campbell.  It was Orton’s consistency, his character, his ability to play within a system and his propensity to be safe/not turn the ball over that attracted McDaniels and it’s those traits that have supported the Broncos’ 4-0 start.  Orton isn’t responsible for the team’s wonderful opening but he knows if he doesn’t put his defense in tight spots, his team has a very good chance to win.

I remember Kyle Orton getting benched against Atlanta in 2005 during a game he was winning.  I remember him being demoted from ten wins to third string.  You know what else I remember?  No complaining.  No comments.  Just hard work and a ballplayer waiting for his chance.  He got his chance last season and that chance got the Chicago Bears Jay Cutler.