By The Beard Of Orton! Bearing Down For The Future
Forward of the L.A. Lakers, Center of the San Antonio Spurs, Wide Receiver of the Michigan Wolverines, Centerfielder of the New York Yankees. What do all of these spots have in common? They hone the best athletes nearly every year. On the other end of the spectrum, lies within the Tundra of Soldier Field.
Chris Chandler, Rex Grossman, Jim Harbaugh, Craig Krenzel, Cade McNown, Jim Miller, Jonathan Quinn, Steve Strenstrom, Kordell Stewart. What do all of these names have in common?
Well if you're not a Bears fan, you probably haven't heard of half of these bums.
The names listed above have an average quarterback rating of less than 68. To give you an Idea of what 68 imeans, the seasonal average for starting QB's in the NFL is usually just short of 90. 68. The Bears' highest quarterback rating was Harbaugh at a dull 77. This season it is more of the same, going into the season everyone in Chicago was talking about how there was a big quarterback controversy. However, there really was not controversy at all—they both stink!
Okay, maybe that was a little harsh, Kyle Orton has played decent ball, right? Yes, but decent ball doesn't cut it in Chicago. As a Bears fan I would love to sit down with GM Jerry Angelo and discuss, well, give him so orders to success.
First, I would tell him that it is time to let go of Rex Grossman. It is time to move on. Next, they need to land a free agent big time (and I mean big-time) receiver with fresh, young legs. If this doesn't work, settle for a first or second round pick of a receiver like a Dez Bryant from Oklahoma State, or a Jeremy Maclin from Mizzou. They need to trade up for an early first round pick. With one of these receivers, Orton could be spectacular.
Look, I am not saying that Kyle Orton is Drew Brees or anything. He's more like Jake Delhomme in that at least you know what you're going to get. Orton has something that other Bears' Quarterback's haven't had—a little consistency. A little consistency? Isn't that an oxy-moron? Never mind that, because with the Bears Defense getting older and older every week, the desperate call for an offensive spark gets louder and louder.
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