MORE ORTON LOVE
The USA Today has a nice story on the improvement of Kyle Orton. I hope all this love and attention doesn’t go to his head. As several of the valued Zoner readers have mentioned, this is still a small sample of just 7 games. But it has been impressive–not only to Bears fans. Dig this:
“We feel he’s turned into one of the top five guys in the league,” tight end Greg Olsen said of his quarterback. “He’s a guy who has a total command of the game-plan and the offense.
“And really, a lot of the coaching’s on him. When they send the plays in … it’s up to him to make the right decisions. In the first part of the season, he almost always has.”
Such as when wide receiver Marty Booker dropped a pair of potential touchdown passes in the first half against the Vikings. Booker said the first thing Orton told him was that he’d be coming back to him, and to get ready. Booker rewarded his quarterback’s faith with a 51-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter.
“It’s been unbelievable,” he said, shaking his head. “… When you get a guy like that, making plays each week and throwing the ball all over the place, it’s huge. And his confidence is remarkable. When guys get their confidence going, they start to soar.”
You can definitely see that Orton has a grasp of what defenses are trying to do as he approaches the line of scrimmage. He changes a lot of plays a la Peyton Manning, minus all the spazziness. Grossman used to point across the line because I think he saw other QBs do it. And you can see him scan the entire field–rarely does he lock down on just one receiver.
The next big test for Orton will be on November 9th against the Titans. Then it’s 3 in a row on the road. Will I have as much love for him then as I do now? Let’s hope so.