Orton, Cutler, D’Oh!

So I am watching Denver’s first preseason game the other night. In comes Kyle Orton, who Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels wound up with as a starting quarterback after trading away Jay Cutler. McDaniels, who took over a team that arguably had a franchise quarterback on the roster, managed to out-clever himself and fritter that away. In my opinion, he already must be on the hot seat in Denver solely for that colossal bungle.

But who knows? Maybe Orton can salvage something from this mess. He has been a starting quarterback in this league. Maybe the Broncos have the pieces of the puzzle that Chicago lacked that will allow Orton to be successful. Oops, he threw an interception.

Well, he is still learning the system, I’m sure he’ll bounce back and…oops…he threw another interception.

Hmmmm, this does not look good for the new head coach. Maybe he should pull Orton out of there. Nope, he’s sticking to his guns and letting his QB work his way out of it. Good for him. Orton just needs to settle down and, oh you gotta be kidding me – another pick?!

Man, the Bears fans must be laughing their heads off right about now. Sure, they gave up some major draft picks in the trade, but at least they are no longer stuck with an interception machine at quarterback. Let’s flip on over and see how the Bears are doing in their first preseason game.

There’s Cutler, looking good in black and orange. Man that kid’s got an arm! Nice throw to Devon Hester. Yup, Chicago definitely got the better end of this deal with…oops, Cutler threw an interception.

Whoa, what is going on here? Cutler is a Pro Bowler! He must just be having some early jitters. Here he comes again under center. He drops back and – yikes! He threw it right to the defender! Lucky for him the guy dropped it, but man, that is not the Cutler we saw in Denver. Or is it?

Maybe Coach McDaniels had his reasons for trying to bring in Matt Cassel. Maybe he didn’t think he could win with Cutler. Maybe the Broncos are the ones who got the better end of the trade?

Ah, it’s just one preseason game. It really doesn’t mean much in the grand scheme of things. Still, antacid sales must be going through the roof in Denver and Chicago this week.

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2 Responses to “Orton, Cutler, D’Oh!”

  1. Zip says:

    A look back:

    For the record Cutler was 8-of-10 for 59 yards and ran for a 15-yard touchdown in the Broncos’ exhibition opener last year.

    He was 7-of-13 for 58 yards and ran once for a 3-yard loss in the Broncos’ exhibition opener in 2007.

    Cutler’s best performance in an exhibition opener came—of course—when he was a backup playing against second-teamers. As a rookie in 2006, Cutler replaced Jake Plummer in the second quarter against the Cowboys and was 16-of-22 for 192 yards and a touchdown against Rod Marinelli’s Lions.
    Being from Chicago and living on the West Coast for 7 years I got to watch many many Bronco games and have watched Cutler since his rookie season. When Cutler took over the quarterback job as a rookie I remember thinking, “why can’t the Bears draft a quarterback like this guy”?

    Now we have him and I couldn’t be more ecstatic! I’m not worried about Cutler in the least, he will make a difference in Chicago. Orton will “manage” the game for Denver and after a nice drive down the field he will throw interceptions. Welcome to the hell of the quarterback position in Chicago for the last 40 years!

    Keep the pepto for the Denver fans, they will need it.

  2. Maybe they want to trade back now? says:

    Fast Forward to the first game of the regular season. Kyle Orton had 243 yards, 1 TD, 0 picks. Watching the Chicago-GB game now and Cutler has thrown 3 picks. Can’t judge on preseason alone. We’ll see where each team ends up in 17 weeks.