Bears' Orton destined to have growth ...

Bears' Orton destined to have growth spurt

There are 50 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Sep 10, 2008, titled Bears' Orton destined to have growth spurt. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Instinct took over for Kyle Orton . His receivers were covered, it was third-and-12 and Orton found himself in the unusual position of tucking the ball and running into the open field Sunday night at Lucas Oil ...

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Since: Aug 08

Avon, IN

#41 Sep 11, 2008
CME wrote:
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Watched Orton a lot when at Purdue. He had a decent arm, but was known for knowing the offense, reading the D and changing up when necessary. He's a smart QB, and can win that way. He got beat up when he tried to make athletic plays; see Wisconsin game - tuck and run =fumble/loss. Better chance to win with him than throwing deep and praying with Rex.
I agree with you about Orton at Purdue. But you must remember that the run he did was no a desiggned run, he was scrambling to pick up yards and was up ended by a DB. I still believe his elbow hit first though. That was the changing point of Purdue's season. But still Kyle is a good QB and will only get better with time.

Since: Aug 08

Avon, IN

#42 Sep 11, 2008
marc wrote:
Orton doesnt know how to throw long ball.one or two interception will ruin his confidence and that will be it for him. Rex is a much better quarterback.
Have you ever seen Orton play? Besides his rookie year. What a purdue game and tell me he can't throw a deep ball. When Kyle came to Purdue experts were comparing him to Drew Brees, maybe better. And Drew can throw the long ball. How do you think Rex would have done against the Colts? We might have lost the game, even with Forte's performance. I'm not a Rex basher, but I know a better QB when I see one. Kyle is better.

Since: Aug 08

Avon, IN

#43 Sep 11, 2008
I just want to let all you Bears fans know that I have started growing a beard in support of Orton since they announced him the starter. I intend to keep it going all season too. GO BEARS!!!! suppORTON!!!!(stands for support Orton. Saw a guy with a t-shirt of this when Orton was a rookie).
Jim in Green Bay

Johnson Creek, WI

#44 Sep 11, 2008
Good observations. I think Orton has a chance to be very solid this season.

“Shake and Bake!”

Since: Aug 08

Charleston, SC

#45 Sep 12, 2008
Apollo wrote:
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Gotcha, sorry for having the bug up my .... The way it was said, I was reading differently than what you meant. After this post your previous post makes a whole lot more sense. My bad, I'll try not to let it happen again.
No problem. The way I worded it was awkward anyways. No hard feelings.

Bear Down!
SAH

Bradenton, FL

#46 Sep 12, 2008
George wrote:
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Dude, how much is Rex paying you? Because he really needs to keep that money for his early retirement. While I will not blame him completely for our loss, I will say he was not the reason why we got to the SuperBowl. A good defense, a great special teams, and a great run game got us there. He was lucky enough to be the QB at the time. I honestly believe that if Orton was in, we would have gotten that far in 2006.
The hard truth you need to swallow is that Rex is no longer our QB unless Orton gets hurt. The city, the staff, and I think even the players are tired of the Grossman era. He has single-handedly thrown us out of too many games. I don't give a **** about how strong his arm is.
And for the record, every QB you named is so much better than Rex it's ridiculous.
Get a life.
GO BEARS!!!! 2008 NFC NORTH CHAMPIONS!!!!!
George, If you noticed, never did I say Rex was the reason we went to the Super Bowl. I merely point out that he helped us get there, which whether you deny it or not, he did. That has not been accomplished by Romo, Rivers, Cutler, etc.
MDK

Mount Pleasant, SC

#47 Sep 12, 2008
Smudgers wrote:
MDK - Absolutely have been a Bears fan for a long time, just have never understand the gloom and doom approach before opening day. H-e-l-l, if I were a Raiders or a Chiefs fan, I would still start the season optimistic. All teams start even.
The Bears usually do perform better when they are the "underdogs" and they have a chip on their shoulders, but usually that pessimistic view comes from the local media mostly and the four letter channels.
You from Charleston too??? Where about?
I live downtown. Moved after the winters got too much for me but I am unwilling to give up my season tickets just yet. Still in the 90's down here!

“Shake and Bake!”

Since: Aug 08

Charleston, SC

#48 Sep 12, 2008
MDK wrote:
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I live downtown. Moved after the winters got too much for me but I am unwilling to give up my season tickets just yet. Still in the 90's down here!
Yeah, I love it down here. So do you still go up for the games every week?

There are quite a few Bears fans in Chucktown. There are 7 of us faithful just where I work.

“Shake and Bake!”

Since: Aug 08

Charleston, SC

#49 Sep 12, 2008
I'm off Clements Ferry but work in Mt.P. BTW.
acacia1602

United States

#50 Sep 12, 2008
Orton can throw the long ball just fine - he just wasn't asked to do it as a rookie (smart coaching), and he didn't really need to do it last week. Look at at the stats and you'll see he did it at Purdue with frequency. He completed just under 61% of his passes and his QB ratings were 127,127, and 151 in his three full seasons. Last week he completed, wait, 61.9% of his passes. Just goes to show that performance usually does hover around the mean value.

If Orton has to throw the deep ball and make Carolina pay, I'm betting he will. I remember a certain play where Purdue started with the ball at their own 3 at Notre Dame and the Domers stacked up against the run. Orton hit one of the receivers on a skinny post for 97 yards - the longest touchdown pass of his career in definitely one of the highest pressure spots.

I'm pretty sure he's become a better QB now that it's his job, and he's taken it to the next level, just like Drew Brees did. I'm pretty sure in a couple years we'll see Orton as a pro-bowl QB too - I'm just glad the Bears were smarter than the Chargers and decided to keep their Purdue alum around.

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