I find it amusing that some people seem to think that Orton has reached his potential as a QB. Comments along the lines of "well after 4 years in the NFL, you know what you're getting with Orton" or "Orton couldn't even beat out Grossman and Griese" are thrown about with the tone that it is common knowledge that Orton is at best an average QB who will never show more than what he has shown so far. But when it comes to Cutler however, many people assume he will continue to mature as a QB.
Um…Orton has 33 starts in his career (21-12) while Cutler has 37 (17-20).
Orton has only had 2 full season's as a starter, his rookie year and last year. We all know to take rookie QB stats with a grain of salt, especially when a QB is thrown to the wolves right off of the bat as Orton was. Last year, Orton played brilliantly during the first part of the season until he was injured. He was rushed back too early and played through the injury the rest of the year. When we look at Orton's career numbers at this point in time, it helps to put them in this proper context: we are judging Orton based off of stats from his rookie year and a season where he was hampered by an injury.
With such a limited sample size why is it assumed that Orton will not continue to progress as a QB, while Cutler most surely will? Especially when Orton has less experience as a starter. Throw in that Orton now has much more weapons and has a coach with a track record for polishing up QB’s and I think it is ignorant to state (or assume) that Orton has reached his potential as a QB.
The bottom line is I’m excited to see Orton continue to develop and mature under McD and this offense. I’m excited about the improvements on D as well. We aren’t winning a SB this year, but this is the year that the foundation is being laid. A year or two more of smart team building from McD and X and we will be right in the SB mix. And don’t be too shocked if it is Kyle Orton leading those future Broncos to glory.