In the midst of an unusual hot muggy day in Boise, I found some time (and A/C) to sit behind my computer and do a little studying of our beloved Broncos. The questions on my mind are why am I so frustrated with Kyle Orton and why do I want more than anything for Tebow to be Denver's starting quarterback.. Well, I found my answer and will share my thoughts after the jump....
First, let me start by saying this is in no way meant to be an attack on Kyle Orton. He is a consummate pro, he plays through injuries and he is a good NFL quarterback. Every snap he takes as a Denver Bronco I will be cheering him on like every other player that dons the Orange and Blue. However, I have found that his conservative style is not what I want to watch on Sundays and does not excite me as a fan. I'm an aggressive Type A personality and when I watch Denver play the likes of the Raid-hers or Charg-hers I want to see Touchdowns, not Field Goals.
Enters Timothy "Touchdown" Tebow or T3 if you will, improvising, willing and winning his way into my heart... One thing that can be said about T3 is that love him or hate him he is anything but boring.
So what's my point right, I haven't exactly uncovered the Bush's Baked Beans family recipe or have I? MOM, I WANT SOME BEANS WITH MY MEATLOAF!! Man, what is she doing in there?!
Oh yeah, my point, my point is that the two distinguishingly different personalities lead to one major difference as a NFL quarterback. This one thing ispretty important and that thing is scoring touchdowns. Kyle Orton would much much rather throw a ball into the ground, out of the reach of any player or into the stands than risk throwing an interception in the redzone. Thus, his 10 TD to 0 Int redzone production last year. Looks good on paper, but when you watch two entire seasons of the same thing combined with one of the worst seasons in Bronco history, it'stime for change. The change is T3 who would rather leave his own limb on the field than give up on an opportunity to score. T3 knows his job is to do 1 thing and that is score Touchdowns and that's who I want to watch on Sundays for the next decade plus..
Okay, so you want proof, well quite frankly you can't handle the proof. Okay, you saw that one coming a mile away. Well, I wanted proof too so I started looking at the number of touches divided by touchdowns to see who was more productive in producing touchdowns. I didn't count times the QB's handed off, IMO everything is equal here since both QB's handed off to the same runningbacks. I added up pass attempts, run attempts and sacks because these are the times it'sentirely up to the QB to make a play. Last season KOpassed 498 times, ran 22 and was sacked 34 times for a total of 554 attempts. Out of those 554 attempts he threw for 20 TD'sand ran for zero. His attempts to TD ratio was 27.7. Meaning that minus a running game it takes KO 27.7 plays to score a TD. T3 last season had 82 passes, 43 runs and was sacked 6 times for a total of 131 attempts. Out of those 131 attempts he passed for 5 and ran for 6 TD's, totally 11. T3'sattempt to TD ratio was 11.91 meaning minus a running game it takes T3 11.91 plays to score a touchdown. An astonishing 16 less plays the Orton! Okay Okay, I know what some of you are thinking, "didn't T3 go in some last year in goal line situations and well that'snot fair to use those stats." Fine, I won't use those stats which were 13 attempts to 4 TD's. So, T3's new line is 118 attempts to 7 TD's, with a ratio of, drum roll please Griswold's, pdddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddd16.86. Yes, still 11 plays less than Orton to score the same amount of points..... 6! And, doing so in his first 3 games as a starting professional quarterback. Orton is in theprime of his career and it still takes him 11 more plays to score a Touchdown. Some of you will argue, "well Orton didn't have a defense or running game." Either did T3! They played for the same team. Or some will contend,"Orton will do better this year with a running game and good defense." Yeah, so will T3! Oh and in case anyone is wondering Orton's attempt to turnover ratio is 42.62 while T3'sis 39.33. Not a whole lot of difference there.
In conclusion, it makes absolutely no sense to me to start Orton over T3. T3 has a bigger fan base, he is electric to watch, he's got nothing but upside andit takes him 11 less plays to score a touchdown than Orton. Again, I'll root for whoever is under center, but that doesn't mean I won't be rooting for Miami to come calling... Let me know what you think and thanks for reading what I spent most a Saturday writing... Mmmm, that was good meatloaf!