Orton Is Ready, Willing, Able

From Arrowhead Stadium

“I don’t expect anything. I just expect to work hard, learn the offense and fulfill any role that I can.”

So says Kyle Orton, who although he did not play Sunday night against Pittsburgh, spoke to the Kansas City media after the game for the first time since he was claimed on waivers last Wednesday from Denver and added to the active roster.

“I want to help the team make the playoffs,” Orton said. “I think everybody has the same goal. I’m excited to get to work.”

Like everyone else did, Orton found out he was claimed by the Chiefs on ESPN. Orton arrived in Kansas City on Friday afternoon and since then it’s been a whirlwind of meetings, skull sessions with the coaches and introducing himself to new teammates who only a few weeks ago were division rivals. But most of that time has been spent with his nose in the Chiefs playbook as he tries to learn as much as possible, as quickly as possible.

“It’s different, all offenses are different,” Orton said. “It’s not only trying to learn the offense, but get the timing with everybody and getting familiar with everybody. It’s a matter of getting to know my teammates, to know the system and help any way that I can.”

Orton was one of the team’s seven inactive players Sunday night, so Orton did not dress for the game and could not play.

“We put a lot of thought into what we do and the decisions we make,” said head coach Todd Haley. “Any time you have a guy coming in on short notice, we try to make very sound decisions and the decision we made we felt gave us the best chance to win

There were rumors, also passed along on ESPN, that Orton did not want to come to Kansas City and that he wanted to land with the Chicago Bears, his other former team.

“None of that came from me,” Orton said. “Unless I say it, there’s not much merit to it. This is a great organization. I’ve had respect for this organization throughout my years of playing.”

3 Responses to “Orton Is Ready, Willing, Able”

  • November 28, 2011  - ED J says:

    Welcome Kyle get up to speed quickly the Bears game is winninable after watching Caleb Hanie this weekend.

  • November 28, 2011  - Chuck says:

    I agree with EDj above. It is a winnable game.

  • November 28, 2011  - johnfromfairfax says:

    I’m not sure how the waiver process works but I’m guessing it’s not usually the case that the player finds out who claimed him on ESPN? Is that part of the Pittriots way?

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