Miami Dolphins: What Is the Obsession with QB Kyle Orton?

Mark LeskoCorrespondent IIAugust 2, 2011

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 12:  Quarterback Kyle Orton #8 of the Denver Broncos throws a pass during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on December 12, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The Miami Dolphins hosted an open practice for fans at Sun Life Stadium Monday night. After sloppy QB play, the fans began to boo and chant "we want Orton".

I do not understand why Dolphins fans are so obsessed with an average QB. I want better QB play as much as the next guy, but why does everyone think Kyle Orton is that guy?

Fans would be alright if the Dolphins paid Orton a crazy amount of money?

First of all, it is like the fourth practice after a long lockout and changing the offensive scheme. So can we please cut the QBs a little slack?

Now let's take a closer look at what exactly Orton brings to the table, and maybe I can figure out why everyone thinks he is such a god.

He is a career 32-30 QB with no playoff appearances. So apparently a guy who has never been to the playoffs is going to lead the Dolphins to the playoffs?

In 2005, he did go 10-5 to lead Chicago to a playoff berth. However, it was because of a great defense and tough running game that got Chicago a lot of 13-10 wins, not Orton. When the playoffs came, Orton was benched in favor of Rex Grossman, who was coming off an injury. If this guy was so good, shouldn't he have started the playoff game?

Orton was 3-10 last season with Denver, and many Orton supporters defend him by saying he had no running game and no defense, so that is why he could not win. His stats were good, though, so that means he is good.

It is because the Broncos had no defense and no running game that his numbers were so good. The Broncos threw the ball all game and were down by such large margins, Orton could chuck the ball all over the field because the opposing defenses were in prevent.

Something no one seems to want to ever bring up is how much he gets sacked. Orton gets sacked every 16 attempts for his career. Compare that to Drew Brees, who gets sacked about every 26 attempts.

This can help explain Orton's pretty good TD to INT ratio (71 TDs to 48 INTs). He will hold onto the ball and take a sack rather than force a play that is not there. However, the best QBs have never been afraid to throw an INT.

I know, Dolphins fans, you want a QB so bad. The grass is not always greener on the other side, though. The Dolphins have overpaid for average and flash in the pan types of QBs before (AJ Feeley). You should be happy that the team has actually learned from that mistake. It is taking its time and making sure to get a QB that makes the most sense for the future and the current cap situation.

It is not just Denver's high trade demands, but Orton is making high salary demands as well. Demands from both sides that make no sense for the Dolphins.

I will be honest, I would not mind the Dolphins bringing in Orton to compete for the starting gig. However, he is not worth anywhere near the price he is at right now. This is not Peyton Manning, Tom Brady or Brees we are talking about here.

Please, stop the booing and get some perspective, people.