I haven't posted anything about this yet,
but I am getting incredibly annoyed with the exorbitant amount of ridiculing the o-line and people acting as if the o-line is the number 1 problem with our offense. If you watched the games, you could attribute AT LEAST ten of Orton's 27 sacks directly to Orton himself, if not more. I would go as far as saying Orton is THE worst QB in the league at avoiding the rush. That's right, even worse than J-RUSS. We still have a better than average line, but it just makes them look horrible when they have to play perfectly to keep our quarterback on his feet. Kyle Orton cannot sidestep the rush and he probably couldn't outrun half the members of milehighreport, and when I say that I am not assuming that the members of this fine establishment are amazing athletes. What I am saying is that Kyle Orton is NOT an NFL caliber athlete.
No matter how intelligent and well-versed in our offense he is, if a strictly pocket quarterback like Orton can't throw the ball at least 25-30 yards minimum at a moments notice, all an opposing defense would need to do is guard the short routes and blitz in every single play.
This is what the teams we have played since our bye week have done, and it has worked out very well for them I would say. In that stretch we have gone 2-7.
You can look at Orton's proficient stats- the 89.8 rating, the 20 tds compared to only 9 interceptions, but those are just numbers. If you watched the games you would see a quarterback given as many opportunities to succeed in the league.
Our defense has directly contributed to most of Orton's touchdowns, and Orton's lack of pocket presence and losing all composure at the slight hint of a pass rush have contributed to his 9 interceptions and 27 sacks.
You can't blame it all on the line.