When the announcement of Kyle Orton being
While listening to talk radio last week, I heard a report that some players in the
In a situation where the team is looking to replace an All-Pro quarterback, it simply made no sense for McDaniels to carelessly name Orton the starter when he and Simms have proven to be essentially dead even in their careers. Coming into 2009, Orton’s career QB rating is a mediocre 71.1 and Simms’ sits at 71.2. Needless to say, there was no reason for these two signal callers to go into camp with anything but a fierce competition to determine who would win the starting job. By making Orton the starter, McDaniels set him up for failure because anything less than a Cutler-esque performance would be unacceptable to the
McDaniels has stuck by his quarterback despite his rough first outing and continues to note that Orton is still the starter. But what will happen if Orton continues to show a lack of poise in the pocket over the next three weeks and Simms continues to thrive? At some point, the coach will have to admit defeat and say that Orton hasn’t lived up to his expectations which in turn will make the trade of Cutler (minus the acquisition of draft picks) a failure. The last thing that the franchise needed after the Cutler trade and the continuing Brandon Marshall drama was a media and fan-driven QB controversy. McDaniels is already being labeled a bust by some people and his seat might be hotter than he, or anyone in the organization, is willing to admit.
This entire team is facing numerous question marks and in my mind, Cutler could have kept all of these worries at rest. Instead,