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Broncos in good hands with Orton leading the way

For his entire career, Kyle Orton has been told about the things he can’t do. Sunday in Tennessee, and for most of the 2010 season so far, Orton has been showing the critics all the things he can do.

The Broncos are 2-2, and it’s mostly due to the right arm of Orton, who again yesterday had a big day as the Broncos beat the Titans on the road 26-20.

All Orton has done in four games is throw for 1419 yards with six touchdowns and three interceptions. That’s an unreal average of 354.8 yards per game, and his QB rating is 96.3. This from a player that has never had a QB rating over 87, which was what he did last season.

It’s not like Orton has had a lot of support from the run game. It’s the worst in the league, and he’s had to shuffle in and out running backs as well as offensive linemen. Yet he’s never complained for a second about the position he or the team is in.

Orton Sunday passed for 341 yards and two touchdowns, and has now accounted for the second-most passing yards through the first four games of the regular season in NFL history.

Yet while no one is talking about his early run, they are talking about his mental toughness and hard nosed play through four games.

“(He) never lost his poise, continued to be confident on the sidelines and made a lot of critical throws for us to change field position sometimes when we had an opportunity to be backed up there offensively,” Head Coach Josh McDaniels said. “He executed when we needed him to execute.”

And execution is something that this Broncos team is going to need to make a run in the AFC. With Orton having this early success, there’s no doubt that the team is in a much better position than if they would have gone with first-round pick Tim Tebow or traded for QB Brady Quinn.

The Broncos are in good hands, and there’s no telling how far they can go as long as the success Orton is having early in 2010 continues.



  1. Zach

    October 7, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    I don’t think Orton has seen the type of pressure that the Ravens defense is going to bring him this week. Even though the Ravens have just one interception on d, I expect Orton to throw two or three this week from the pressure he sees up front from Suggs and Ngata

  2. Russ Loede

    October 8, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    Zach, he just went against the NFL’s 2nd highest sack producing team, in Tennessee. They roughed him up good by sacking him six times and putting him to the turf on 11 occasions. Orton is playing like an MVP. However, I do agree with you on Haloti Ngata, as he is playing like one as well -he’s unguardable right now.

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