Kyle Orton performed very well under pressure.
No I'm not talking about his performance in the Cincinnati game. I'm talking about they way that he handled himself during the off season.
The Broncos traded a 6th round draft pick and full-back Peyton Hillis, to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for Quarterback Brady Quinn.
Kyle Orton remained calm, insisting that he was much more confident in not only the offense, but his abilities as well. Yet still fans were calling for Orton's head, claiming Quinn as the more capable Quarterback.
The Denver Broncos, in an apparent attempt to obtain their Quarterback of the future, drafted Tim Tebow 25th overall. Sparking what many dubbed a three way Quarterback competition.
Tebow, claimed by many as the "Mile High Messiah," being the attention magnet that he is, quickly led the league in jersey sales.
The pressure had to be getting to Kyle Orton, right? After all, there were two big, talented, athletic Quarterbacks breathing down his neck. Wrong. Throughout all of OTAs Orton has proved with his play, that he is, by far, the superior Quarterback.
Despite that many fans seemed to despise him, despite the fact that Quinn and Tebow, the 2nd and 3rd string Quarterbacks were making more money then him; Kyle Orton showed true professionalism. Keeping his mouth shut, and letting his play do the speaking.
So really, Orton's exceptional play tonight against the Bengals should come at no surprise. He has been showing the same command of the offense and poise in the pocket that we saw tonight, all through Training camp.
Tonight, Kyle Orton showed mastery of Josh McDaniels encyclopedia-like offense, erasing any shadow of a doubt that he is not going to be the starting quarterback.
Tim Tebow may be the future, but for now, Orton is the present. And the present looks good.