I have nothing against Kyle Orton. Those familiar with me here on B/R will have seen my comments supporting Kansas city's acquisition of the veteran quarterback, along with my desire to see him start over the completely inept Tyler Palko and even over untested rookie Ricky Stanzi.
The problem is these knee-jerk reactions that have been prevalent among Chiefs fans all season. Not all these jump-at-the-gun assumptions have surrounded Cassel or even the quarterback position, but it is that controversy that is the focus here.
Yes we've seen another bad one this year, but this season's disaster does not, I repeat, does not rest on Matt Cassel's shoulders. Nor do our last two wins rest on Kyle Orton's.
A fellow B/R member tells me I can't use the Broncos when comparing Cassel and Orton because the Broncos are a much worse team than the Chiefs.
To this, I say the only year that was true out of the years I'm looking at was 2010. In 2009, the Chiefs were pathetic, and in 2011—between injuries and lack of consistency—they weren't much better. If I were to overlook Orton's time in Denver, it would be only fair to ignore Cassel's 2009 season as well.
To keep it simple, I'm looking at the four years they were both starting.