Many "experts" and fans around the league feel that Kyle Orton is not an elite quarterback. They say his physical limitations will never allow him to take a team, put it on his back and lead it to victory as John Elway used to. These people feel that, as long as Denver has Kyle Orton as it's quarterback, we will be a joke, an afterthought - never a true contender in the playoffs or in high profile contests. As the post recently noted, we are currently a national afterthought and that annoys me, b/c I think we're better than the pundits are giving us credit for. If healthy, Waaaay better!!!
Enter the Colts. With a somewhat non-compelling slate of games on in the late time slot, the world will be watching. If ever there was a time for Kyle to step up and show everyone what he can do, it is RIGHT NOW. The chips are down, our team is banged up beyond all recognition and Kyle's about to square off against the only NFL quarterback in the history of the game that one could logically argue is better than John Elway - I would disagree, of course. It's time for Kyle to show his mettle, his leadership and for what Kyle Orton is made of to show through. He's not a diva like Romo or Buttler or Favre - he's a truly selfless player who kills himself to get better and to play for his teammates. If you think about it, the only person on our team that might actually be more likeable than Tim Tebow, is . . . Kyle Orton. Anyway, I digress. The point is that Kyle can prove a lot of people wrong this weekend and take a giant step toward establishing himself as an elite level quarterback - both nationally and in the hearts and minds of Broncos' Country. More importantly, I think he can prove to himself, to McD and to the team around him that he's got what it takes to rise in these types of situations.
Now, many of you will say that kyle doesn't care what people think and that we shouldn't care about other people's opinions anyway, and there is definitely validity to that. However, to be honest with you, I want to see it. I love how Kyle is playing, but I want to see him go out there and, win, lose or draw, I want to see him stand toe to toe with the best and see how he measures up. I guarantee he sees that as a challenge. I would also be willing to bet that his teammates and coaches will also be watching intently to see how Kyle responds to this stage with the adversity that is currently upon us..
In the words of the great Brian Dawkins, "Respect is not given, doggonit, you have to TAKE IT!"
It's time for Kyle to "Take It."