Kyle Orton Cost the Denver Broncos a Win Against the Jacksonville Jaguars

Omar BrownCorrespondent ISeptember 13, 2010

DENVER - AUGUST 21:  Quarterback Kyle Orton #8 of the Denver Broncos warms up prior to facing the Detroit Lions during preseason NFL action at INVESCO Field at Mile High on August 21, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Lions defeated the Broncos 25-20.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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The Broncos were 3-for-10 on third down conversions, 1-for-2 on fourth.

The passing offense only converted two of the 12 third and fourth down conversion attempts.

Orton's three sacks and two delay of game penalties came on third down plays.

Jabar Gaffney was wide open going down on the same sideline when Orton made the bad decision to throw it to Eddie Royal for the INT.

Orton was so locked on to Royal the entire time that he did not even notice the defender, let alone a wide-open Gaffney, who was right there just 10 yards away on the sideline by himself, while Royal was the closest player to him.

Gaffney only had one man to beat and looked ready to take it to the house if only Orton would have checked down to Gaffney, who was right there to, if nothing else, keep the drive alive.

Rashean Mathis dropped a potential INT from Orton on the play prior to his INT that cost the Broncos the game. It would have been an INT if Gaffney did not clothesline him before the ball was there.

This was not the first interception I saw dropped today either by the Jaguars secondary.

Folks may be excited by what Orton does between the 20s, but his red zone and third down offense expose him as being anything but a clutch QB.

In the end, what did all those yards between the 20s manage to muster anyway? One TD? The rushing TD was more the result of the defense holding the Jaguars on fourth down at the Jaguars 40 and the rushing offense and penalties.

You can have all the yards in the world, but if you cannot use them to convert third downs or score points, what good are they?

This was an opportunity lost to get Tim Tebow the experience he needs to be the future franchise quarterback of this team. That is two wins in the last 11 games for Orton.

How long must this go on before the Broncos move on? Expecting something different when you keep making the same ridiculous mistake is the definition of insanity.

How long is Josh McDaniels going to insist on keeping the future on the bench while wasting the opportunity to give Tebow the experience he needs to lead this team?

This loss could have meant something: Tebow being one game further ahead in his progress. Who's to say Tebow even loses it? I mean, in reality Orton is the one who lost this game the way I see it.

The game was tied 7-7 at the half.

Orton had 195 yards and a passing TD.

This was a game about two halves: one where Orton prospered and one where he failed.

How is it the defense's fault when the offense can only manage to get six first downs in four drives outside of the scoring drive the DEFENSE led by holding the Jaguars on 4th-and-1 at the Jaguars 40?

Is it too much for the defense to ask Orton to get at least two first downs per drive on average so they can get a breather in the hottest game in Jaguars history?

After Orton made the only third down conversion of the second half for the passing offense, this is what happened on the first drive.


End of Drive 1

2-7-DEN 35 (8:15) K.Orton pass incomplete short right to E.Royal (J.Mincey).
3-7-DEN 35 (8:11) (Shotgun) K.Orton sacked at DEN 28 for -7 yards (sack split by A.Kampman and W.Middleton).
4-14-DEN 28 (7:49) B.Colquitt punts 47 yards to JAX 25, Center-L.Paxton. M.Thomas to JAX 30 for 5 yards (L.Ball).

Drive 2

Defense held the Jaguars on a fourth down conversion at the Jaguars 40 that led to a rushing TD. That was the defense's TD; they had the Jaguars deflated after that and against the ropes.

End of Drive 3

2-10-JAX 40 (12:15) (Shotgun) K.Orton pass incomplete short right to C.Buckhalter (D.Harvey).
3-10-JAX 40 (12:15) (Shotgun) PENALTY on DEN-K.Orton, Delay of Game, 5 yards, enforced at JAX 40 - No Play.
3-15-JAX 45 (12:10) (Shotgun) K.Orton pass short left to E.Royal to JAX 36 for 9 yards (S.Considine).
4-6-JAX 36 (11:26) M.Prater 54 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-L.Paxton, Holder-B.Colquitt.

End of Drive 4

2-10-JAX 21 (5:37) (Shotgun) K.Orton scrambles up the middle to JAX 14 for 7 yards.
3-3-JAX 14 (4:51) (Shotgun) K.Orton pass incomplete short right to B.Lloyd (S.Considine).
Timeout #3 by JAX at 04:47.
4-3-JAX 14 (4:47) (Shotgun) K.Orton pass incomplete short right to B.Lloyd.

End of Drive 5

1-10-DEN 36 (1:00) (Shotgun) K.Orton pass incomplete deep right to J.Gaffney (R.Mathis).
(:53) (Shotgun) K.Orton pass deep middle intended for E.Royal INTERCEPTED by Da.Smith [A.Kampman] at JAX
42. Da.Smith to 50 for 8 yards.
2-10-DEN 36


Orton's 100 yards and one INT in the second half are what lost the game, not the defense. He could have helped them out like they helped him by managing to get some first downs and giving them a breather.


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