It'll be pretty hard to unseat Orton after this outing. Kyle shines is this win over the Bills.
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Kyle Orton impressive in Broncos' preseason win over Bills
By Mike Klis
The Denver Post
Posted: 08/20/2011 04:41:17 PM MDT
Updated: 08/21/2011 01:02:37 PM MDT
If anybody has the Miami Dolphins' address, send it to the Broncos. They need to send a thank-you note for a trade they didn't make.
With apologies to Tim Tebow and Brady Quinn
— the two quarterbacks who are more popular and have more endorsement deals — the other guy is the reason the Broncos have hope for a significant turnaround this season.The other guy is the same ol' guy. Kyle Orton
In a splendid performance Saturday night, Orton led his first-team offense on two long first-half touchdown drives, and the Broncos dominated the Buffalo Bills 24-10 in a preseason game at the freshly renamed Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
"Well, I don't have any endorsements, so it's not hard to have
Denver Broncos Buffalo Bills August 20, 2011 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Denver Post / John Leyba (THE DENVER POST | JOHN LEYBA)
more than me," Orton said. "That's all right. I've got the respect of my teammates, and that's all I'm looking for."
Orton not only completed 10-of-13 passes while posting a 135.1 passer rating, he was better than that. One of his incompletions was a drop, and one of his completions, a 22-yard strike to Brandon Lloyd on third-and-14, didn't count because rookie offensive tackle Orlando Franklin was penalized.
Orton's night also included clutch third-down completions and efficient passing in and around the red zone, two areas where improvement was needed if he is to move from top-15 NFL quarterback to the top 10.
Adding run balance, Orton said, will help his passing in situations where it matters most.
"Last year we had third-and-3 and we were getting the toughest looks to pass into in the league," Orton said. "Run the ball on third down and run the ball in the red zone — you add that to the offense we had last year and we can have a top-five offense."
Orton led the Broncos (1-1) on a long drive against the Bills (0-2) that reached first-and-goal at the 1. Denver's offense finished by having running back Willis McGahee slam his way in.
On his next drive, Orton operated with remarkable precision. He connected with tight end Daniel Fells for 21 yards, Lloyd for 8 and Lloyd again for 15. Every pass looked easy. The drive ended with Orton dumping a pass in the flat to a surprisingly wide-open McGahee, who sprinted to his second touchdown.
McGahee has a chance to become the Broncos' best finisher since Clinton Portis in 2003. And Orton has a chance to post his fifth consecutive career year in his fifth season as an NFL starter. Not bad for a guy who is arguably the third-most popular quarterback on his team and was nearly traded to the Dolphins on July 26 before the deal fell through.
"Every year I have better talent around me," Orton said. "I'm not going to lie, that's the most important part about
Buffalo's Johnny White finds out the hard way that Denver's defense meant business in Saturday's preseason game. (AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post )
playing quarterback, is having good players around you." While almost all the quarterback conversation Saturday focused on how Quinn had replaced Tebow as the No. 2 quarterback for the preseason game against the Bills, it was Orton who reminded fans, critics and impartial observers that he is the Broncos' undisputed No. 1 QB. Quinn played well in his audition for the No. 2 job, a move up the depth chart he didn't learn for sure until Friday night.
"I tried not to look too much into it," Quinn said. "All you focus on is the reps you get, whenever you're in there getting them. You start reading into other stuff and the next thing you know the carpet gets pulled out from under you." He threw a perfect 24-yard Post Poll - Broncos Backup II A Denver Post poll on Friday asked who should be the Broncos' No. 2 QB. After more than 6,200 votes were cast, Tim Tebow (52.9 percent) beat out Brady Quinn (47.1). After Saturday's preseason performance against Buffalo, NOW who do you think should be Denver's No. 2? Tim Tebow He's got the most potential. Brady Quinn He's a better NFL-style QB. Undecided I have to see more before I choose.
slant to Britt Davis for a touchdown, then completed a 22-yard pass to Eric Decker that set up a field goal, and nearly finished off an impressive two-minute drive that reached the Buffalo 3-yard-line with seven seconds remaining in the first half. A tipped pass was intercepted.
By the time Tebow got his chance with less than 11 minutes remaining in the game, the Broncos seemed to have all the quarterbacks a team needs. It appears Orton is all they need. To be sure, the Broncos, who are coming off a 4-12 season, still have issues.
It just doesn't seem like quarterback is one of them. Mike Klis: 303-954-1055 or firstname.lastname@example.org