As I've written before, the Chiefs have no chance at the playoffs. Their schedule is too difficult. Additionally, they're not a very good football team this year.
The biggest roadblock might be tonight's game. No offense to Tyler Palko, but he is not going to beat the Steelers.
With a loss tonight, it puts the Chiefs at 4-7. That's too big a hole to get out of with their upcoming schedule.
Enter Kyle Orton.
Most reasonable people believe that Orton gives the Chiefs a better chance to be competitive than either Tyler Palko or Ricky Stanzi. Unfortunately, however, he will not be behind center tonight against the Steelers.
Kyle Orton has had his share of ups and downs in his career. He had one very respectable year with the Chicago Bears and two with the Denver Broncos. Some, if not many, would argue with the term "respectable."
The truth is that he can throw a pretty good deep ball, and he does have an accurate arm. He has thrown for a lot of yards and touchdowns. Yes, he has also thrown his share of interceptions, and he has also made many poor decisions.
Kansas City has two very good wide receivers in Steve Breaston and Jonathan Baldwin. They have one great one in Dwayne Bowe.
If Orton can quickly become oriented with Kansas City's offense, he may be able to show that he still has something left. He will be auditioning for a job in the 2012 season.
Of course, a lot of that will be predicated on the rest of the Chiefs' offense. So far, whoever was backing up with the ball was in danger. Opposing players have been pouring through the Chiefs' offensive line like water through cheesecloth.
If Orton can stay standing long enough to get the ball to those wide receivers, he wins. If can bring some life to the Chiefs' anemic offense and score some points, he wins. It doesn't even matter if the Chiefs win the games, he wins.
For Kyle Orton—redemption. Ironically, his first start, by all appearances, looks to be against the Chicago Bears. To further the irony, if all goes according to plan, his last start will be against the Denver Broncos, the last game of the season.
He was by no means a beloved figure in either city. He is not a great or elite quarterback, but he did not deserve the venom. Professional football players talk the talk. This is just a game, we are focused, etc.
They are also human. My guess would be that Kyle Orton would love nothing more than to go into those two cities and put up some nice numbers and walk out with a win. He'll say all the right things after the game, but inside, I suspect he'll be smiling and jumping for joy.
I did not agree with the move of bringing Orton to Kansas City.
He is, however, a Chief. Therefore, I am now a Kyle Orton fan, at least for now.