It's Kyle Orton Time in Denver, and That's Not a Bad Thing

Tom AndoContributor IApril 3, 2009

HOUSTON - DECEMBER 28:  Kyle Orton #18 of the Chicago Bears reacts looks up at the clock during the game against the Houston Texans during the second half at the Reliant Stadium December 28, 2008 in Houston, Texas.  The Bears lost 31-24 and failed to make the playoffs.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Lots of football news has come up the last couple of weeks and, frankly, I don't care.

We all know there is one, and only one thing on everybody's mind, and that's Jay Cutler.

Denver finally came to the realization that Cutler wanted out and agreed to trade him, to a surprising team in the Chicago Bears. Kudos to the Bears for upgrading their position, and I will flat out say it: Jay Cutler is a better quarterback than Kyle Orton. 

But come on, people: Lay off Orton.

Orton won 10 games as a rookie in 2005 after being drafted out of Purdue in the 4th round and thrust into the lineup due to injuries. After Lovie Smith finally hopped off the Rex Grossman train last year (and we all know that he was the only known passanger) Orton won back his starting job and was named the team's captain.

All K.O. did was step in and beat Peyton Manning and the Colts in week one on the way to a 5-3 start, only to suffer a bad ankle injury that appeared to threaten his season. Watching his team suffer a 37-3 loss, a Rex Grossman classic, Orton manned up and returned to the field the following week to win four out the final seven games in what would be his last season as a Chicago Bear.  In all, Orton went 21-12 as a starter for the Bears while Cutler went 17-20 as a Bronco.

In all, Orton threw for 18 touchdowns and 12 interceptions last season (30-27 on his career) with no apparent talent at wide receiver. Don't get me wrong; Brandon Lloyd, Rashied Davis, and Devin Hester are nice wideouts, but number three options at best.

Heck, I think I even started a game for them last season.

Now for the fun part. Chicago sends two first round picks and a third round pick to Denver for Cutler. That's four first-round picks (not to mention the third rounder that was part of the deal) over the next two seasons to help Orton's Denver squad. And that is two straight offseasons in which the Chicago Bears will not be able to make a selection for an impact receiver in the first round. Orton will find himself throwing in a wide open offense, much like he ran in college (he finished number two in Boilermakers history to a guy named Drew Brees), and certainly like the one we saw Tom Brady throw two years back (the one where he threw for 50 touchdowns), with weapons Brandon Marshall, Eddie Royal, and Brandon Stokely.

It's time for the world to meet the real Kyle Orton.