ORTON: PRO BOWL BOUND?
One of the best things about sports is that it consistently delivers the unexpected and unpredictable. Case in point: The Rays are in the World Series, and not a soul in the entire world thought that would happen this year.
Bears fans are experiencing it in 2008 thanks to Kyle Orton, who is slinging it like his senior year at Purdue. There was just a sliver in all of us that thought of that season and hoped he could produce something similar this year as a Bear. He is. And it’s been a lot of fun.
Orton shredded a very good defense Sunday, and he did it without a running game, nor any of the league’s top receivers. In fact, after the first 2 games where he looked like the 2005 version, Orton has been shredding every defense in front of him. He threw 2 TDs yesterday and Marty Booker dropped 2 in the end zone–it could have been 4.
Orton has completed over 62% of his passes, has a QB rating of 91.4 and is 6th in the league in passing yards. Rub your eyes all you want. These numbers are coming from a Bears QB. A QB that is outplaying the brothers Manning. Believe it.
The Bears are no longer a running team. God bless Matt Forte, but that offensive line is offensive when it comes to run blocking. Dare I say Olin Kreutz is overrated, the Guards are average at best and Tait and St. Clair make me hope Chris Williams is ready very soon. Sure, they have been consistent in giving Orton time, but only a handful of QBs have been sacked more than him.
Which makes Orton’s production all the more impressive. If he keeps playing like this there is even a chance he could make the Pro Bowl. How insane would that be? A Bears QB in the Pro Bowl?