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Jay Cutler Headed to the Bears

April 2, 2009
Jay Cutler and Kyle Orton trade places

Jay Cutler and Kyle Orton trade places

We haven’t even gotten to the NFL Draft yet, and we may have already seen the biggest upset of the year. While the big-spending Washington Redskins and New York Jets were expected to be piecing together for the young QB, the frugal Chicago Bears came flying in ahead of the pack, sealing the deal with the Broncos.

To acquire Cutler, the Bears were forced to part with quarterback Kyle Orton, as well as their 2009 first round pick (#18), third round pick (#84), and their 2010 first rounder. Orton, 26, was the Bears starter last season, piling up a pedestrian 2,972 yards and 18 touchdowns to go along with his 12 interceptions. He completed less than 60% of his passes, and compiled a rating of just 79.6.

Do not be too alarmed though. Let’s think about this positively. Orton started for a team that historically runs the ball well more than they pass it. Therefore, the fact that he threw 1,500 yards less than Cutler does not faze me that much. For example, Jay Cutler surpassed 40 pass attempts in a game eight times last season, while Orton did it just twice.

On top of that, Orton’s top three targets were Devin Hester, Greg Olsen, and Matt Forte. Olsen and Forte are a tight end and a running back, respectively, and Hester only had 665 yards. Even worse, the Bears top three wide receivers, Hester, Rashied Davis, and Brandon Lloyd, only totaled 1474 yards. In comparison, the Broncos top two wide receivers combined for 2245 yards, and if you add in Brandon Stokley’s numbers from the slot, you get 2773 yards. That’s a difference of almost 1,300 yards between the Bears and Broncos receiving corps.

Don’t get me wrong though, I’m not expecting anything crazy from Orton. But, he has a decent arm, and I think it is safe enough to say that with McDaniels’ track record, the Broncos receiving talent, and a slew of running backs on hand, Orton could improve a good amount next season.

Well, so long Jay. Remember, it’s cold and windy in Chicago, so bring a jacket. Also, keep your expectations low Jay. Devin Hester is a decent WR, but he’s no Eddie Royal, and he’s certainly not anywhere near the level of B-Marsh. Have fun in the black and blue NFC North.

  1. April 2, 2009 2:24 PM

    Wow… Let’s hope that McD can really pull some magic out on Orton or else the QB position is pretty screwed. At least we now have a lot of draft picks.

  2. Turk permalink
    April 2, 2009 3:24 PM

    Oh come on! Orton???!!! Well at least it wasn’t Jason Campbell…

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