Does Kyle Orton Have a Future in Denver?

Anthony Contributor INovember 28, 2009

DENVER - NOVEMBER 26:  Quarterback Kyle Orton #8 of the Denver Broncos delivers a pass against the New York Giants during NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on November 26, 2009 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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On April 2nd, the Denver Broncos traded their "franchise quarterback" and a 5th round pick to the Chicago Bears for QB Kyle Orton, two 1st round picks and a 3rd round pick.

Many fans including myself, and the media instantly believed that Denver was doomed.  That we couldn't win without Jay Cutler.

Then came along the preseason where Orton threw three picks in their 1st game and everyone was rallying for Simms to be starter, but Josh Mcdaniels stayed with his 1st choice.

When the team was 6-0, Orton couldn't have looked better.  He had nine touchdowns to one interception, the Bears were worse and it looked like they were going to win the division.

The team ended up losing their next 2 games in which Orton did not play well.  It can't just be blamed on him, the whole team wasn't doing well.

Then in week 10, the Broncos travelled to Washington for a game with the Redskins.  Orton came out firing with two long bomb touchdowns.  Almost had three if he didn't overthrow Eddie Royal by a bit.

Then something awful occurred.  As Orton was trying to scramble for a few yards, he fell awkwardly on his ankle and tore a ligament.  He couldn't finish the game and the backup Simms had to come in.

He went 3 for 13, for 13 yards and an interception.  And people wanted him to start at the beginning of the year... Denver ended up losing that game because of horrible offensive play that kept the defense on the field for 20 minutes in the 2nd half.

Maybe Orton wasn't so bad after all.

The next week was against a division rival where Orton couldn't start.  Orton had to eventually come in the game with a torn ligament in his ankle but couldn't do anything to win.

Last Thursday, Orton was back and healthy and Denver looked like the 6-0 team at the beginning of the year.

But now people are talking about taking a first round QB in the 2010 draft and throwing Orton out the window.

It seems to me that the team has played well with Orton.  At this point last year we were 6-5.  Sure were only one game better but we feel like a dominant team.

The team also drafted a rookie QB in the 6th round this year and McDaniels probably wants to make another Brady.

Orton should be resigned to a new contract after the season while they groom their rookie Brandstater.