I would like everyone's take on this issue - as it was big when the trade went down but is something that I frankly don't get after viewing film. And that issue is Kyle Orton's arm strength.
While very few quarterbacks are in Jay's category when it comes to the ability to make almost any throw on the field I was, dare I say, surprisingly impressed with Kyle Ortons arm strength.
In addition to being pleasently surprised in that regard I was also impressed with his decision making skills. Most of his reads involved quick, 3 step drops and hitting his man in stride. His decision making shone in this situation.
He also had suprising mobility. Again, I think Jay's was better, but still mobile enough to take the ball and run when nothing presents itself.
Also, his footwork (as mentioned by previous posters) is superior to Cutlers which appears to add to his accuracy.
Finally, his 'touch' on sideline and corner routes was impressive. In my opinion, he is superior to Cutler in this regard.
I know that our future offense will likely be spread with quick, accurate passes and reads. I see Orton shining in this role. But it will also involve sideline routes which require the ball to get out there quickly.
That was one of my concerns about Orton. I listened to people simply say that Orton didn't have the tools available in that part of his game without checking it out myself. But, after looking at film, I'm not seeing it.
Am I the only one or perhaps I'm missing something? I'd appreciate everyone's take on this.
As an aside, a good friend of mine is a die-hard Vikings fan. When the trade went down he kept saying how good we did because the first words out of his mouth where, "Kyle Orton is GOOD quaterback."
I'm starting to believe him...