Orton may be the better fit for Bears

Orton may be the better fit for Bears

There are 39 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Dec 21, 2007, titled Orton may be the better fit for Bears. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Whether it was superstition or performance, several Bears in 2005 privately wanted coaches to stay with Kyle Orton into the postseason rather than switch to Rex Grossman.

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Preserve Disorder

Littleton, CO

#24 Dec 22, 2007
My lord, people. Give the kid a chance. He did pretty well in '05 given the circumstances, and don't give me that "QB rating" line, because some of the most successful QB's in history have had horrible ratings. Let Angelo give him an decent O line and a running game, and let's see what he can do. Can't be worse than Rex, probably about the same as Griese, with the added bonus of being young and still having time to mature. And besides, I see a little Dan Fouts going on in him, particularly around the beard...

Libertyville, IL

#25 Dec 22, 2007
Billy G wrote:
Grossman is the answer, period.
The answer to what, another losing season by the bears. Give Orton a chance, give him an O-line that will block for him and recievers that can hang on to the ball and better play calling. He is the best Q-B the bears have, but no supporting cast.

United States

#26 Dec 22, 2007
Let's see ---- Haugh and Mullin don't a thing about football,---- while "Bob from Winfield, IL" is the consumate genius "know-it-all" !!---Did I get it right ??

Amazing !! Now go get out of your footie jammies.
South Loop Bear

United States

#27 Dec 22, 2007
Absolutely agree - Orton can do better if given the chance. He made some throws last week that with Grossman's height, he can not make, like the slant to Moose. He has a better arm, and runs a great 2 minute drill. When the Bears went up tempo, he moved the team. This is how the Pats run for 60 minutes.
Cripes it took Peyton Manning 4 years to be any good.

We need to rework the OL and Running back situation.

This years failure reminds me of 2001/2002 drop-off, where let 2 Offensive lineman go after 12 wins.

Jerry Angelo blew it big this year. You don't give up depth or positions of strength, unless you can find a superstar or significant upgrade. His bone-headed moves included:

1. Trading Jones (impacting both running game & Team Chemistry). He made the OL Look better than it was by getting the tough yards.

2. Safety - Trading away Chris Harris when you know Mike Brown is injury prone.

3. DL - with a recovering Tommy Harris, getting rid of Tank was a stupid move. He also should have made earlier plans to old DL's with the practice squad, knowing the injury history with current DL.

4. LB - He should have been in market to lock-up another top flight LB (Hunter is not that guy), while also providing leverage and protection with the Lance Briggs deal.

5. Ron Rivera - What a bonehead moved to get rid of him. This just shows that Lovey is not ready to deal with diversity and adversity, as well as openly solving different opinions. Ron spoke his mind and paid for it. Killed team Chemistry.
South Loop Bear

United States

#28 Dec 22, 2007
Bob wrote:
What is it with Tribune writers and Kyle Orton? Why would anyone think that Kyle Orton would be worth anything more than a fifth round draft pick in a trade? David Haugh thinks he could be worth a first or second round pick, and now Mullin thinks he could be worth multiple picks? Sure, maybe two seventh rounders.
Where is that Kool-Aid at guys? You might want to lay off of it.
Your a tool; no wonder you live in Winfield. Do you have a banjo?
South Loop Bear

United States

#29 Dec 22, 2007
Larry wrote:
Are you serious?? Orton is a terrible quaterback, there is a reason why Orton has not taken a snap in two years, he Blows!!
Larry, you would know alot about blowing.

Chicago, IL

#30 Dec 22, 2007
Let's put it this way, if Orton is back and playing QB for the bears next year, I am going to watch Figure Skating.
I haven't seen an article this dumb since Melissa Issacson wrote that Wanny will implement the shotgun next year, shortly before he was fired.
Steve Lopez

United States

#31 Dec 22, 2007
Did you just lick the balls of a 3rd string terrible QB? Did you also compare Orton to Hassellbeck, Bruenell, Favre, and Babe Ruth?! What a shame this article is......You can tell Orton the favor you owed him is paid off!
Florida Jim

Clermont, FL

#32 Dec 22, 2007
Lovie cannot make a decision he'll hem and haw over Orton and then go with Grossman next year with Griese as a backup.Merry Christmas to all.
Rex Fan

Troy, MI

#33 Dec 22, 2007
This is a horrible article. Are you kidding me. Orton's okay, but it's obvious the problems are with Ron Turner and the weak offensive line. I would think that if Grossman's accuracy improves with distance, that's somethin you want with a team that's supposed to have a running game. What good are the short passes going to do? They obviously did nothing last week vs. a weak Viking team. Get rid of Ron Turner, ger back Ron Rivera and the Grossman will be fine.
David Hillman

Homewood, IL

#34 Dec 22, 2007
Ironically, I think the Bears have the perfect quarterback for their 'system' sitting on the bench, but it's not Orton. Don't they still have Chris Leak on the practice squad?

Look, we all agree that whoever is the quarterback is going to have to run for their life most of the time. Why not play a guy with some wheels? And he did win a National Championship, so he isn't a complete stiff like Orton.
Bears Fan

Rockford, IL

#35 Dec 22, 2007
The team seems more of a team when Orton is playing...everyone steps up. Not so with Grossman or Griese. It just may be that they realize Orton's inexperience, but moreso, maybe that he really is a cohesive leader. Either way, it's new to watch.

Matteson, IL

#36 Dec 22, 2007
South Loop Bear wrote:
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Larry, you would know alot about blowing.
Yeah South Loop Bear, I learned it from you

Burbank, IL

#37 Dec 22, 2007

No way.
Please....... no.
Say it 'aint so.........

Mount Pleasant, SC

#38 Dec 22, 2007
Why do we always have to UGLIEST quarterbacks in football? This sucks!
Lyn from Wisconsin

Janesville, WI

#39 Dec 22, 2007
I have been a Bears fan since I don't remember when, but I have said since the put Grossman back in after the wonderful job Kyle did in his rookie, was a big mistake.
Then all season I had hoped that he would be put in. Too bad it is so late in the season, but we still have the last 2 games we will win. I have always had a positive attitude for the Bears even in the worst of times. Go Kyle you can do it and bring back that spring in our step. Oh, just a little FYI I live between two Packer fans, but that is alright,the challenge is loads of fun. Have a very Merry Christmas.
ROM Spaceknight

Louisville, KY

#40 Dec 22, 2007
chicago sports fans are really starting to embarrass me all over again.

angelo better hurry up and sign grossman up.

angelo, don't listen to the dumb, drunk gambling variety of bears fans -they're the monkeybrains memorialized in saturday night live skits, they're the morons who've run every qb out of town since sid luckman -even jim mcmahon.

grossman's a winner, the kids got guts and a cannon like jeff george minus the crybaby attitude.

do you ever hear grossman whine, or blame his offensive line, as many of us believe he would be entitled to do?

Hampton, VA

#41 Dec 22, 2007
Some of you people must still be watching analog TV. Orton is the worst of three very bad QBs. If the Bears start next season with any of those statues on the roster, they need to be charged with crimes against humanity. Can't throw, can't move, can't audible and get out of their own freakin way. Get HD TV, you'll see the real picture.

United States

#42 Dec 23, 2007
Having just seen Orton preside over the dismantling of Green Bay in the wind, I am preparing a helping of crow for myself. Orton does actually appear to have some potential.
I agree that the Bears have three mediocre QB's, but even a mediocre QB can do well if the O-line blocks and if the running backs run. Both of which magically happened today (12/23)
For a change, the special teams, negated by the weather, did not win a game. It was actually offense and defense.
It looks like the Bears should move to Antarctica, and Green Bay to FLorida.

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