OK, so this article has already been written several times. I started reading versions of this at Bleacher Report as early as Week One after Cutler's epic four-interception game in his season opener. As more and more articles about Cutler's inability to win games and protect the ball surfaced, I remained patient.
I figured I would at least give him the benefit of a full season. Plus, I didn't want to write the article and have him pull off some miracle second half, get into the playoffs, win it all, and completely ruin not only the bravado of the Denver faithful, but also our 2010 first-round draft pick.
Now, if you're here to leave a comment about how Denver sucks, didn't make the playoffs, haven't improved that much, etc...please visit my last article. I swallowed my pride and wrote it, so any comment you want to leave about us choking again is fine.
With that being said, there hasn't been much to cheer for in the last few years as a fan of the Denver Broncos. Usually I resort to cheering against San Diego in the playoffs, and thankfully they never let me down. This season also provided me with another team to root against in the Chicago Bears.
Denver took a lot of heat over the Kyle Orton/Jay Cutler trade, and why shouldn't they? They traded away a Pro Bowl elected player. That's right...he was voted in by the fans. It shouldn't take you long to peruse this Web site and find a multitude of articles written by fans that have no idea what they're talking about. Fans clearly don't know it all. Anyhow, let's move on.
So who got the better end of the deal? This comparison is going to focus solely on the quarterbacks, themselves, ignoring the draft picks that were part of the deal, as well as who was chosen with those picks, and so on. I don't need the Ayers/Moreno/Knox debate; it's been done. So here it goes.
Jay Cutler: seven
Kyle Orton: eight
Winner: Kyle Orton. Barely. But a win is a win.
Jay Cutler: 27
Kyle Orton: 21
Winner: Jay Cutler. I was sad to see Jay throw eight touchdowns in his last two games to take a commanding lead in this field. Oh well.
Turnovers: (Interceptions and Fumbles Lost)
Jay Cutler: 27
Kyle Orton: 14
Winner: Kyle Orton. Eeek, by a landslide.
Jay Cutler: 76.8
Kyle Orton: 86.8
Winner: Kyle Orton. By a full 10 points.
Jay Cutler: 3,666
Kyle Orton: 3,802
Winner: Kyle Orton. Yes, you read that correctly. Orton threw for more yards than Jay Cutler.
Jay Cutler: babyface
Kyle Orton: a beard Chuck Norris would be proud of
Winner: Kyle Orton. Okay, that last one was a joke, but we're all thinking it.
I think you get the picture. Orton also had a better completion percentage, fewer sacks, etc. Though Cutler did have him on rushing yards...something of minor significance.
One thing that jumps out at me is the TD-to-turnover ratio. Cutler was one-turnover-to-one-touchdown; Orton was 3:2.
I'm satisfied with the trade, even more knowing that we have Chicago's 11th overall pick, and most analysts have us selecting Rolando McClain out of Alabama.
Sure, we may suck, but Chicago is going to suck a lot longer than us.