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Kyle Orton, showing off the arm that's helped him keep his job in Denver
If anybody still needs proof that Kyle Orton is a solid starting quarterback, they haven't been paying very close attention to the play on the field.
Orton has the unfortunate position of being the player "holding back" Tim Tebow. As fans scream and clamor to see Tebow take the reigns in Denver, they also forget Orton has an impressive resume as well.
Kyle Orton comes into the 2011 season with a W-L record of 32-30 as a starter. That's not very impressive at first glance; but take into account that the losses of last season cannot be blamed on Kyle Orton solely, if at all. Erase that year and his W-L record changes to 29-20.
Orton had to play without a running game, and without a defense to get the ball back. While almost running the offense by himself—if it weren't for Brandon Lloyd—Orton still managed to pass for 3,653 yards and 20 touchdowns in 13 games.
Those stats are exceptional for any quarterback, even in the most ideal situation. If he had continued for the remainder of the season he would have easily challenged Phillip Rivers and Matt Schaub for the league's passing title.
With only nine interceptions in 13 games, Kyle Orton displayed in 2010 exactly what Denver traded for in 2009—a game manager.
Even when every defense he played against knew he was going to throw the ball, Orton still only managed to give it away nine times over the course of the year—important given the fact that his defense could hardly get off of the field.
It's evident that any situation where a team cannot run the ball, the defense can rely heavily on a pass rush and good coverage, as there's virtually no worry of anyone coming out of the backfield. So for Orton to still put up the statistics that he did is commendable.
Kyle Orton is currently the Denver Broncos' best possible candidate for the starting quarterback position. This has been proven over and over again in 2011's short offseason.