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Captain "Give up a Sack" once again lying flat on his back
Kyle Orton had, what many people would consider, a good year. He, for the first portion of the season, ran with the upper echelon of QB’s and was in the discussion for MVP. At the end of his season, which ended early, he had an impressive 3,653 yards through the air.
Here is where I burst his bubble and point to his lack of production. While he may have averaged 281 yards per game, he also only amassed 20 touchdowns. 16 other QB’s were better than him.
He also had the propensity to lock onto his first option. When it wasn’t there or the blocking broke down, which happened frequently, he simply folded like the proverbial lawn chair and took an astounding 34 sacks. Only four other QB’s in the league stared up at defenses from the carpet more than him.
So while many think he had a great year with inflated yardage stats, I say it was strictly between the 20’s where he was effective and could not make it happen when it counted. In this league the hardest place to score from is inside the 20’s.
It takes leadership, skill, and most importantly the ability to improvise when the play breaks down. Tim Tebow, my faithful fans, has those traits in spades.
This leads me to my final point...