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Luckily for Cutler, the merit of blockbuster trades takes years to work itself out so he still has plenty of time to adjust to Chicago's offense and improve his standing in the league. Widely considered to have exceptional talent, Cutler finally appears to be performing in 2010. With help from Mike Martz's explosive offense, Cutler has led the Bears to a three and one start while throwing six touchdown passes and only being intercepted three times.
Cutler was knocked out of the last game against the Giants after being sacked nine times, a testament to his need to develop his pocket presence further, but hopefully a speedy recover will prevent the injury from derailing his season entirely.
Much more quietly, Orton has put up shockingly similar numbers to those of the much hyped Cutler. Orton has also thrown for six touchdowns and three interceptions while putting up more passing yards than Cutler. Orton's Broncos sit at two and two through the first four games of the season, but have looked surprisingly solid and may be poised to exceed expectations yet again this year.
In an absolutely stacked AFC, in which the wildcard team could potentially be an eleven or twelve game winner from the AFC East, the playoffs may be a bit too much to ask of Orton this season, but he has been solid thus far.
While Cutler has been getting all the press, Orton has matched his numbers every step of the way while playing on a less talented team. Cutler has also shown that he still has yet to fully mature and understand when to throw the ball away. This one is a push for now, but if anything at all is clear from a review of these two young quarterbacks' careers it is that the gap between them has been almost nonexistent and does not look like it will widen in Cutler's favor anytime soon. Now I'm just wondering, is there any chance Chicago can get those picks back?