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Listening to it on KOA...

and while drifting in and out of sleep throughout the second half, it seems very, very clear that KO is not our answer at QB. Maybe we sign him to a short-term deal while McD trains Brandstater but that's the longest he lasts in Denver IMO. On a second and ten he appeared to make a great slip out of a collapsing pocket, only to run out of bounds short of the first down. When I was streaming the video in the first half he rolled out on a boot and did a similar thing--made it back to the LOS and ran out of bounds with a solid two-yard cushion between him and the nearest defender. Those two are indicative of willingness to sacrifice for the win--and of course I have to juxtapose the Elway Helicopter with that. Come on, Orton, Elway had over a decade on you, was playing against a hard-nosed D rather than a finesse one, and he still took the punishment. Granted the game was more important, but still...

More fundamentally, Orton (and our piss-poor first-half run blocking--how many times did Weigmann double a DT just to have an LB shoot right by him!? this is not a big D line, no one needs to be doubled!) was the primary reason that we didn't win. You have your defense holding Peyton Manning et alia to 27 yards in 7 possessions across three quarters, generating THREE turnovers during the course of all that, giving you an (approximated) average field position pretty close to midfield, and you put up 16 points total!? According to Logan, he seemed to be under-throwing/throwing behind his receivers all half, and no better example of that is the goalline INT. You have a 6-3 receiver with SEVEN INCHES AND FIFTY POUNDS on the guy in one-on-one coverage with him and you put up a jump ball that the DB can snag? Granted Marshall fell but the way Dave told it made it seem like that ball was nowhere near the height necessary to get it up and above the CB.

Dunno if anyone's noticed but this is the first time I've gotten on board with the 'Orton is not the future' crowd. To have our D play so well for a stretch...maybe if the offense had had their backs they wouldn't've given up a seven minute, eighty yard TD drive.

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