Prior to this weekends matchup with the Titans, Orton averged 15 points per games in the tight games he has played since last seasons match up against the Ravens that sent the broncos spiraling into a cursed losing rut.
With only 16 points, Orton was well on his way to maintaining his anti-clutch 15 point average as he needed 25 yards to get a first down after his sack which sent the team into the two minute warning in the fourth quarter while trailing the Titans. Yet the officials bailed him out again on his second TD drive of the game, when his noodle arm failed to deliver the ball into the endzone.
The Officials where responsible for keeping both of Ortons TD drives alive after his passes fell incomplete, the prior time was a phantom roughing the passer penalty on 3rd down.
Having the ball at the Titans one yard line, after a the failed Hail Mary attempt forced the receiver to stop and head back towards the severely under thrown pass, and inadvertently into the oncoming the fender who was flagged on the play.
Point is when given the opportunity to prove he is indeed a clutch QB in the Titans game, Orton failed to do so without desperately needing the help of the officials to win. This was the only win Orton has managed to get in a Tight game since the Cursed losing the Ravens cast on the Broncos after their 6-0 streak last season.
Kyle Ortons appearance in the red zone ten times in the past two games without a TD to show for it, added to having only 11 out of 40 third down conversions in three out of his last four games proves that Orton has proven to be anything but being a clutch QB.
When you see his WR corps getting about 100 yards with passes thrown at the line of scrimmage, and Orton getting credit for those yards, well the picture starts getting a little more clearer regarding the aberration of Orton posing as the No.1 QB in the league yards wise. Who can forget the 53 yards scamper from the pass Orton threw behind the line of scrimmage to Knowshon Moreno?
So many Broncos fans are attempting to make Orton out to be this top 5 QB, but in reality, where I just so happen to live, when you break it down with Ben Roethlisberger back, Orton is not really a top ten QB, that is unless you insist on placing both Ben and Matt Schaub behind Orton.
Here's a QB rating list from NFL.COM listing Touchdowns as well.
1 Peyton Manning 11 TDS 112.2
2 Tom Brady 11 TDS 109.0
3 Michael Vick 6 TDS 108.8
4 Mark Sanchez 8 TDS 105.3
5 Philip Rivers 9 TDS 102.8
6 Drew Brees 7 TDS 102.4
7 Jay Cutler 6 TDS 102.2
8 Aaron Rodgers 8 TDS 96.3
8 Kyle Orton 6 TDS 96.3
10 Matt Schaub 7 95.6
Orton is on a passing path of self destruction, with every throw he draws opponents closer and closer to him.
29 passes averaging two yards from the line of scrimmage, 37 3 yards from the line of scrimmage in the Colts game.
When you study film this type of anomaly is something you game plan for and you don't do that stretching the field opening up running lanes for the rushing attack as if Orton possess some type of deep passing threat whatsoever.
How can anyone deny this style of play that is dependant on yards after the catch, is killing the rushing offense?
Having had 75 passes in the past 2 weeks being thrown 5 yards from the line of scrimmage, well that significantly impacts the opponents game plan, which in turn impacts the line with the opponent stacking the box in an attempt to shut down about 120 plays when you include about 50 rushing attempts the past two weeks..
Granted there are continuity issues still being worked out, considering how like spark plugs in an engine, it seems they all fire well, its just that each plug on the line has been intermittently misfiring here and there and this ought to be expected because there is not enough said about continuity on the line.
Banged up players have just been brought back together, they will need more than two games to gell, especially with two new players making their starting debuts this season.
The lack of continuity on the line, and Ortons 9 passes beyond the 20 yard line out of 108 attempts the past two weeks are killing the rushing offense. Especially when you consider that 3 of those passes where for nought at the red zonein the Colts game.
Unless Orton can establish a deep passing threat, things will get much worst before they get better...
At this point only Tim Tebow's clutch play and deep passing game can help this offense get out of its one dimensional rut.
And at the rate Orton is playing you might as well say, hey its Tebow Time... Ravens? Jets?
"There’s not a lot of run-after-catch plays, Josh McDaniels said." "The front seven certainly applies a lot of pressure without having to blitz, and then when they do choose to blitz, they’re very effective in that mode, too. So this is a team that certainly keeps you on your toes at every position and doesn’t give up many opportunities to create a big chunk of plays."
Orton better get life insurance, last week 6 sacks against the Titans 13th ranked passing defense what ought we to expect against the Ravens No. 1 passing defense as well No. overall defense.
Then there is the Jets next week, last seasons, No. 1 defense.
Orton claimed the Titans best cornerback was not a good player, and despite Cortland Finnegan and the rest of the Titans defense sacking him six times while knocking him around countless other times.
Orton's classless and baseless unsportsman like comments that have echoed throughout the league forced the head coach to try and bring some sort of resolution to the matter with as much poise and class as one could expect one to possess considering the circumstances the loose cannon put the franchise in.
"I was proud of our team because we knew that was the kind of game it was going to be. You can put any tape you want to of Tennessee and there's going to be 10 penalties. You either coach it or you allow it to happen. That's how I look at that. Our guys did a great job of keeping their poise and composure and not getting drawn into a big unsportsmanlike game because I know that's what they were trying to entice us into doing."
With 48 penalties on offense and defense alone so far this season the Broncos are averaging 10 penalties a game.
These are our next 5 opponents.
Ravens defense, with 42 penalties is by far the worst penalized unit in the league.
Jets offense has 35 penalties.
Raiders have 35 penalties on offense and 28 on defense
49ers are averaging over 10 penalties a game.
Now what does this say about the Broncos personna heading into the teeth of this tough schedule?
Are we going to have our quarterback cry foul now every time we face a physical opponent that tries to entice us into going blow for blow with their physical style play that pushes the envelope, while making them out not to be a tough football team afterward?
Like I said and this bares repeating, Orton is dead man walking, he is on a self destructive passing path, with every throw he draws opponents closer and closer to taking him out, and that trash talking session towards the Titans has him exuding fear, and that is not what you want a fierce beast of an opponent to be smelling.