Kyle Orton is the face of the franchise, and at the moment he is making the Denver Broncos sound like a Jackass.
"I think we were the tougher team today," Orton said. "You always hear about how tough they are and all that stuff. I don't think they're tough. I think they're cheap."
"If that's the type of player Cortland Finnegan wants to be, well, then, he's a cheap player, not a good player."
So now the Titans are not a tough team and because Cortland Finnegan who happens to be IMO one of the best cornerbacks in the league, is not good because he is plays dirty?
Using Ortons standards then Hines Ward must not be good either because of being labeled dirtiest player in the league. :roll:
You can call them cheap but you have to give respect where respect is due, Titans are a tough team, and anyone in their right mind would never write off Cortland Finnegan as being anything other than a good Cornerback!"
You can't write off a team being tough or a player being good, because of dirty play. Orton lost his composure as the leader of this franchise, this IMO is par for the course with this player when the heat is on.
One of the leagues Best WR corps and schemes carrying Kyle Orton
There is a reason why the Broncos are 11-40 on 3rd down conversion in the last 3 out of 4 games this season, while coming up short on ten trips to the red zone the past 2 games with Orton at the helm.
Is it no wonder Folks like Woody Paige of the Denver Post claimed yesterdays win was the result of luck?
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — On the west bank of the calm Cumberland River, in a most curious wind, the accidental tourists from Denver pulled off a fortuitous coup d'eTitans.
Quirky and lucky count in victory...
"No, I don't think it was luck," quarterback Kyle Orton said.
On the one hand he claims they are cheap, and on the other had they not played dirty, would the Broncos have won, considering the impact penalties had on the Broncos victory?
Both of Ortons touchdowns were the direct result of officials either keeping the drive alive when Orton failed to convert on 3rd down with a completion, or when Orton severely under threw Jabar Gaffney his receiver inside the 5 yard line on his 50 yard bomb. If the safety has his head turned back that throw into coverage is an interception.
3-1-TEN 36 (12:2 (Shotgun) K.Orton pass incomplete short middle to E.Royal [S.Marks].
PENALTY on TEN-S.Marks, Roughing the Passer, 14 yards, enforced at TEN 36 - No Play.
Penalty on TEN-S.Marks, Defensive Offside, declined.
2-25-50 (2:00) (Shotgun) K.Orton pass incomplete deep right to J.Gaffney.
PENALTY on TEN-C.Hope, Defensive Pass Interference, 49 yards, enforced at 50 - No Play.
Call it luck or the crutch of officials, but with only 16 point and just two minutes left to go in the game, Orton was well on his way to maintaining his 15 point per game average in the last 13 games he played in close games.
But alas Tim Tebow is crouched down on one knee on the sideline praying to God for a miracle. And that is exactly what he got in the form of the 50 Yard hail Mary bomb that was severely under thrown to Gaffney.
Gaffney how ever managed break his stride and make a g-force return towards the ball and with the defender sandwiched inbetween the Ball and receiver, made the magic happen for Orton in the form of a yellow flag falling seemingly from the heavens to the turf.
In one fowl swoop Orton goes from the 50 to the one yard line. The pawn emerges as a phantom king with the TD pass that gives the Broncos the win, thanks to a muff dive by the Broncos special teams who saved face yesterday despite the lack luster performance so far this season.
Orton has all day to throw prior to him making the poor decision on the int.
Broncos have gone back to back games where they had 5 trips into the red zone 5 times and no TD to show for it.
Orton was 3-15 on 3rd downs today.
Orton put on a clinic yesterday for being the biggest obstacle to the Broncos rushing game.
When you have 75 passing plays ranging between 3-5 yards from the line of scrimmage on 108 passing plays the past 2 weeks.
Add to that say another 50 rushing plays.
Do you spread your defense out for the 6 passing plays that where the ball actually flew for 20 yards or more past the line of scrimmage, or do you stack the box for the 125 plays that are sure to be played underneath the Linebackers with Orton at the helm?
This simple math makes the issue killing the Broncos rushing game a no brainer.
There are only 5 guys on the line, how are they supposed to block a stacked box?
I am a firm believer in the school of thought that the QB can be the best blocker on the team.
Peyton Manning puts on a clinic for this with his ability to read defensive blitzes and make the throw to his hot reads to avoid sacks, not to mention with his phenomenal ability to keep safeties honest while posing as a deep passing threat.
This is exactly the opposite extreme of Ortons play. Orton all too often freezes on blitzes and lacks the deep threat making him the worst blocking QB in the league.
Orton has time to find his hot read during a blitz and get rid of the ball rather than take the sack. It is up to him to make the call at the line before the snap. Blaming the offensive line for Ortons 6 sacks is laughable.
The sacks and the lack of a rushing attack is the direct result of opponents only needing to worry about 3 passes on average blazing through the air for 20 yards or more. Such as was this case this week and last week.
In a game where an opponent can sees about 75 plays to be played less than 5 yards from the line of scrimmage by an offense, the past two week's sacks and a lack of a rushing offense will be par for the course for that offense by any DC or defense worth their salt defending it.
This is Football 101.
Orton was given all day to throw when he threw the INT right to the defender.
The interception brings me to another very vital point as to why we have such horrible rushing woes.
The point is when Orton does throw 5 yards past the line of scrimmage or more he is not that big of threat, this is why opponents feel obliged to stack the box.
When stacking the box can directly impact over 125 plays, of the past two weeks, what is the big deal about worrying about the 6 passes in the past 2 weeks that actually flew 20 yards or more, especially when just one wound up being a TD strike?
The thing is Ortons short passing game was predicted to have a huge and a horrible impact on the rushing offense, and the reasons stated above are exactly why such predictions where prognicated.
Another side effect of forcing your Oline to have to carry the load of a stacked box, is the toll it takes injury wise.
Forcing your offensive line to protect your dink and dunk QB from a stacked box can have your lineman dropping from injury like flies.
Make no mistake about it an opponent will key in on where your offense is getting its success from and try to shut it down, and when they see 75 passing plays thrown for 3-5 yards form the line of scrimmage, added to nearly 50 rushing plays to protect, stacking the box is a no brainer.
Make no mistake about it, having over 125 plays starting within 5 yards of the line of scrimmage lack of a deep passing threat is what is killing the Broncos rushing offense.