Hey in our latest AP Question, we went back to our source at MileHighReport, Stephen (HoosierTeacher), for some logical thought processes behind the seemingly chaotic, circus-like atmosphere surrounding the Broncos handling of the QB position this spring. Specifically, we wanted to ask Stephen just exactly what were the Broncos thinking and why shouldn't the Chiefs be ecstatic that it's Kyle Orton suiting up for the Broncos. His answers just might surprise you.
Q: This offseason demonstrated once again that the most prized possession in football is a young, proven quarterback. Why would the Broncos even try to persuade anyone that they're pleased with the way the chips fell with the Cutler trade and how real is Orton in the starting role?
A: Here's my take on Orton and Cutler. Cutler has more potential. He has a great arm, and great feet. His problem is that he doesn't look off his target, and can over rely on one target. His field vision isn't too good. In other words, the guy is built to win games physicaly, but he makes a lot of mental errors. He gains a lot of yards, but does next to nothing in the redzone and forces too many passes. He throws a lot of interceptions.
Orton on the other hand is more stable. His arm is better than advertised, but not great. He doesn't have the potential of Cutler, but he makes better decisions. He can manage a game better than Cutler, and is willing to check to another receivig option when a play falls apart. He has a better presence in the huddle, and is a more mature leader.
Is Orton better overall? Of course not. But that misses the point (in my opinion).
1. The trade was picks 1,1,3 for Cutler, and a 5 for Orton. That's a tremendous trade value for Denver. (Denver was trading for the picks, not Orton).
2. Cutler will be going to a team without much of an offensive line, and with receivers that are sub par. Orton will now have an incredible offensive line, and terrific receiving options.
I think Denver and Chicago both got a good deal. I also think Cutler isn't as great as advertised, and Orton isn't as bad as advertised. Look at the wins that each guy has had over the last couple of years. Folks seem to miss that Orton has actually outperformed Cutler where it counts - TDs, wins, and less INTs.