I hate to pick on Kim, the blogger from Fansided’s Broncos site Predominantly Orange, but I can’t pass on this one. Check out her post suggesting the Broncos need a change and go after a big-armed QB while kicking the beloved Kyle Orton to the curb.
“Mistake-free” that McD. Sure, Jay Cutler may have not been the right puzzle piece to the jigsaw here in Denver, and I trust McD’s evaluation of that scenario. However, the Broncos need to right the ship this offseason by bringing in someone with a powerful arm. It was apparent that last season the offensive coaching staff didn’t trust Kyle Orton’s arm enough to let him throw down field. Defenses stuffed the run, let Orton throw short, and quickly forced the Broncos into punting the ball. Orton wasn’t allowed to pass deep often enough to keep opposing defenses honest.
Josh McDaniels wanted a game manager, and that’s what he got in Orton. Orton kept the turnovers to a minimal level at the beginning of the season, but once teams figured out that his arm only goes for so many yards, they gave him those short passes. More than half of Orton’s passes went for 10 yards or less. When it was time for him to go long, he was out of practice, and I think he got the jitters. We need to complement guys like Brandon Marshall (if he’s back), Eddie Royal (nearly non-existent last year), and Jabar Gaffney.
Isn’t it funny how quickly everything that was said about Orton early last season evaporated once Broncos fans realized how truly one dimensional old neckbeard really is. I hate to say “I told you so,” but I told you so. If you want a big-armed QB Kim, look no further than the guy you just dumped. Oh right, he’s not the right piece of the puzzle because your boy-genius coach didn’t want him.
If there is some solace to this offseason, for better or for worse, it’s that the Bears are not sifting through the has-been list as Kim is doing for the Broncos. Do Byron Leftwich, Mike Vick or Jeff Garcia do anything for you? Yeeeshh!