In Week 1 of the 2012 season, the Kansas City Chiefs' starting quarterback should be...Kyle Orton!
That's certainly not the name many want to hear, but Orton is a better option than Matt Cassel. The two have very similar numbers throughout their careers, but in key areas Orton is better.
After entering the league in 2005 each signal-caller had very different NFL beginnings. Orton was a starter in his first year with the Chicago Bears, while Cassel was the backup to Tom Brady in New England. Since then Orton has not turned many heads with his statistics and has been labeled as a mediocre quarterback. Cassel, meanwhile, was traded for by the Chiefs in 2009 after one solid season with the Patriots.
Due to his tutelage under Brady and Bill Belichick, Cassel was assumed to be a franchise quarterback.
He has not turned out to be that kind of player.
Here are five reasons Kyle Orton is now a better option than Matt Cassel.