Orton Returns, Leaves With Victory

From Sports Authority Field, Denver

Kyle Orton was pretty much invisible to anybody but his teammates and coaches last week as the Chiefs prepared for their season finale against Denver.

Everyone knew he was dodging the talk about his return to Denver and his matchup against Tim Tebow, the man who got his job as the starting quarterback of the Broncos. Early in the week, he said that the game was about the Chiefs finishing out the season strong and had nothing to do with him.

After picking up the 7-3 victory on Sunday, Orton allowed that it was more than just another game.

“It was a little more, there’s no doubt about that,” Orton said. “You can’t hide that. It was nice to win. I hope they have a lot of success in the playoffs.”

Was it the biggest victory of his career?

“No, not at all,” Orton said. “It was a good win for us as a team, as individuals and as an organization. To get this year out of the way and to start next year, that’s how I look at it individually.”

The outcome brought an end to what Orton called a very difficult year for him.

“It was a long year for me,” he said. “All around, family stuff, career stuff, it was a long year. I think the Chiefs for giving me a chance and a fresh start. I like the guys we have in this locker room, a lot of solid, good character guys. I appreciate them accepting me coming in here and being part of the team and finish the season on a strong note.”

There was no big passing duel with Tebow, since it wasn’t that type of game. Combined they were 21 of 51 for 240 yards, with no touchdowns and a Tebow interception.

“It was a fun game; it was fun to see old teammates,” Orton said. “We got into a good flow early in the game. Dwayne (Bowe) got off to a great start, and we were able to move the ball. In the second half it turned into a field position type of game. We had a lot of possessions start inside the 10, we were just trying to hang on to the football and be smart.”

Orton did not get a chance to talk with Tebow or Broncos head coach John Fox after the game. His enthusiasm was muted somewhat by a grisly injury suffered by Denver guard Chris Kuper, who suffered a broken leg and dislocated ankle in the first half.

“I have a best friend in Chris Kuper and see him go down with what looked like a serious injury, that’s terrible for him,” Orton said. “He’s a great teammate, a great leader on that team, a captain in every sense of the world. I wish him the best.”

What about the 2012 season for Orton and the Chiefs? He will become a free agent in the spring and he has to answer some questions and the Chiefs must do the same thing. There are so many more immediate situations that must be taken care of, like a head coach. Orton indicated he’s in no hurry.

“I’m going to take a step away,” Orton said. “I know they have a great quarterback in Matt Cassel. Matt’s a good friend, he’s a great teammate, he’s a great quarterback. I look at it as his team and we’ll go from there.”

7 Responses to “Orton Returns, Leaves With Victory”

  • January 1, 2012  - Johnfromwichita says:

    After the playoff loss Denver will have next week against Pittsburg, Elway will lose Tebow. That poor kid is not an NFL player. Tebow has arena football tatooed on his forehead. He, thankfully, has a college education to fall back on. Does he?

  • January 2, 2012  - Blake says:

    This scares me, “I look at it as his team and we’ll go from there.” Orton wants to be a starter no doubt, I think he is going to want to go to a team where he will get all the starting snaps and be the sure fire starter. Cleveland, Washington, and Seattle all look like places that Orton could walk into a be a lock as the starter. He doesn’t want another QB battle or pressure like he had in Denver with Tebow. Orton is without a doubt the better QB over Cassel, but reading that statement gives me a bad feeling he will leave in the offseason. Money is another issue, Cassel has his big contract and he isn’t going anywhere, so would Hunt open his wallet and have two large contract QBs? doubt it…

  • January 2, 2012  - Chiefs Close Out Season By Beating Broncos : BobGretz.com says:

    [...] SIDEBAR – Kyle Orton returns and leaves with victory. [...]

  • January 2, 2012  - chewbone says:

    No way that Orton signs with the Chiefs unless the Chiefs cut ties with Cassel. Orton wants to be a starter and will be looking for a big contract with a reasonable amount of guaranteed money. You can’t have 2 high paid QB’s on the team there are tooooo many other needs. Orton is the better QB skill wise.

  • January 2, 2012  - Rick says:

    I’m not sure if Orton is the answer at QB for the Chiefs, but I am sure that Cassel isn’t good enough to get us to the Super Bowl. A change of some sort must be made at the position.

  • January 2, 2012  - COCHIEF says:

    Orton is a good, middle-of-the-league starting quarterback, not a franchise quarterback. I like him, but he’s not the answer to winning a Super Bowl. Although they are somewhat different in skill sets, this is about the same description I would give for Cassel.

    The best approach for the Chief’s is to keep Cassel and find a young QB with future franchise potential to develop. Why Cassel rather than Orton? Because Cassel has more experience with the Chiefs and Orton is more equivalent to Cassel than an obvious improvement.

    I certainly wouldn’t object to having both Cassel and Orton pending acquisition of a young quarterback with franchise potential, since this would give us both a good starter and backup. However, both want to be starters and I don’t think it will happen.

    Our future franchise quarterback is unknown and not currently on the team. Finding one is easier said than done.

  • January 4, 2012  - ED J says:

    Why keep Cassel and get more of the same. We lose Charles Cassel isn’t good enough to win games with his arm. He’s proved that this season. I think Orton is better passer which means upside is he can win few games against better QB in this league with little help from our defense. And to say we don’t have future QB on the team is misguided. We really don’t know what type of potential Stanzi has. Until he gets opportunity that’s something we can’t say. Especially when guys like Mel Kiper says he believed he would wind up being best Qb in the draft. And guys like Jim Zorn saying during camp he believe he would compete for the starting position in his 2nd or 3rd yr as Qb.

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