On the way home from work a couple days ago, I was listening to the consistent coverage of the Broncos QB battle between Tim Tebow and Kyle Orton. The more and more I hear about Tebow, the more I hope he is the Broncos' starting QB come week 1.
I started thinking about why Kyle Orton has such a bum rap as a QB. His numbers aren't spectacular, but for the most part, they are solid. He is considered in the same "level" of QB elite as Matt Cassel. So why is Matt Cassel entrenched as a starter while Orton is on the trading block?
This finally brings me to a question. Which QB would give the offense the most potential-Matt Cassel or Kyle Orton? Don't take into account salary. Both are 29 this year. Judgment should be on which QB will do the best job in making our offense the most potent/explosive. Let's look at some stats.
Orton 293/498 58.8% 3653 7.34 20 9 87.5
Cassel 262/450 58.2% 3116 6.92 27 7 93.0
These stats were achieved by Cassel with the #1 rushing attack while Denver had the 26th rated rushing attack. Not only that, Cassel was ahead a large majority of the time late in games. Kyle Orton was not. This meant opposing defenses knew Orton had to throw to get back into games. Here's a look at the minutes Cassel and Orton were behind in the 4th quarter:
Orton 148/195 minutes=76%
Cassel 61/225 minutes=27%
So Cassel had the best rush offense and a lead almost 3/4 of the time while Orton had a terrible rushing offense and was behind 3/4 of the time. In our system, I don't see how Orton's numbers wouldn't improve dramatically, more than likely eclipsing Cassel's. What do you think?