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Monday, July 23rd, 2018



I was going to title the post ‘Orton Wins the Job’ but then that wouldn’t be quite accurate, would it? He didn’t win anything.

Consider this: “Orton won the competition without directing the offense to a touchdown or completing a pass of more than 17 yards. His five preseason possessions resulted in two field goals and three punts.”

Lovie said this: “To come to a decision like that, we’ve taken a lot of things into consideration—last year, how we finished the season, OTAs, training camp, preseason games,” Smith said. “In the end it comes down to a gut feeling that you have, and I feel good about Kyle leading our team.”

That gut feeling didn’t start a few days ago. It was last year.

Orton runs slower than erosion. His mobility is on par with glacial speed. Nothing in his career to date stands out. I don’t particularly care for his deep throws. He’ll be behind a bum line, with a mish-mash group of receivers, a rookie running back and no one that defensive coordinators fear–not even Hester.

But so many years ago, I broke into a steady, loud clap when the Bears selected him from Purdue. That year he had 31 TDs against just 5 picks and he seemed super-cool in the pocket. He deserves his chance.

Here’s hoping Ron Turner and co. design some roll-outs and move the pocket for him. Otherwise we’ll be seeing Grossman in no time. The Bears will hope that Orton ‘manages’ the game–I hate that term–and Forte becomes a star. Add to that excellent defense and special teams and that’s your Bears 2008 formula.

Will it work? I’m tempted to say get ready for a lot of 13-28s with 129 yards passing. But we’ll give it a look.

  • dhaab

    LOL Great post, Zoner.

    I really hope for your sake that Turner installs MANY shotgun plays for your boys this season. After all, that’s how Kyle succeeded at Purdue.

    BTW, have you seen what Bulger has done in his 2 preseason games? That and the most talented guy on the team, Jackson, is in the middle of a misguided hold out. Gonna be FUGLY in the dome this year.

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  • http://www.brianlis.com Lis

    The decision of RG vs. KO is insignificant anyways. Sure they’re not the same but they pretty much bring the same play to the table. The only exception is KO seems to protect the ball better.

    The key will be Forte. If he can run effectively (and by that I mean average 3.5 yards per carry) the Bears will probably win 9 games. The Bears can win with defense and special teams IF the offense can eat up some clock time. Yes it’s not pretty but until we get a franchise QB it’s not going to matter who’s on the o-line or who’s at WR.

    Everyone needs to take a chill pill and wait and see what the first 4 games bring us. I really believe we’ll be 2-2 after 4 games and that will set up the rest of the season. If we’re 1-3 after 4 then everyone, panic!

  • http://zonersports.com The Zoner

    I agree to an extent. Best case scenario has Orton performing well in the short pass game with Olsen, Clark, Booker, Forte, Wolfe and even A.P. The occasional long ball/big play from Hester, Lloyd or Bennett. Add in a better run game than last year (how can it not be??), the D and special teams and you can see how the Bears will be successful.

    My only concern is that they don’t open it up enough and we get the 4 yard pass to Olsen on 3rd & 7.

  • HeyBuddy

    Lis said:

    “The key will be Forte. If he can run effectively (and by that I mean average 3.5 yards per carry) the Bears will probably win 9 games.”

    I’m not really sure how that could be considered effective. Benson averaged 3.4 last year and everyone (justifiably) wanted him run out of town.

    It is a foregone conclusion that we will see both Orton and Grossman this year. Unfortunately, at this point they are both vomit-inducing, as is the Bears receiving corps.

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