Orton Steps Backwards With K.C. Offense

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One thing about Kyle Orton – after all the excitement is done and the game is in the record books, he’s not a quarterback that needs any of those clichés about having to see the tape before being able to comment on the team’s performance.

After the 16-13 overtime loss to Oakland, the Chiefs quarterback laid the problems out right up front in talking with the media afterwards.

“We would take one step forward and a couple of steps back,” Orton said. “It seems like the whole game we’d pick up a first down and then get a holding call, bad ball, drop or procedure penalty. It just wasn’t as crisp as last week.”

Orton himself wasn’t as crisp in directing the offense as he was the Sunday before in beating Green Bay. After getting a week to see what the Chiefs did offensively against the Packers, the Raiders obviously had a much better idea of what offensive coordinator Bill Muir was trying to get done with his new quarterback.

In the first half, Orton was nine for 18 for just 77 yards and an interception. This was not just an interception, but an end zone pick that cost the Chiefs at least three points, as FS Matt Giordano grabbed the short throw.

“That’s one I wish I had back,” said Orton “We had too many mistakes in order to be a good football team in December.”

Orton ended up completing 21 of 36 for 300 yards, the three-yard TD to WR Dwayne Bowe at the end of the fourth quarter and two interceptions. That’s a completion percentage of 58.3 percent, an average of 8.3 yards per attempt and 14.3 yards per completion. There were only two completions of any length – a 49-yard pass and run by RB Dexter McCluster that set up the Bowe TD and a 43-yard pass to WR Terrance Copper that helped set up one of Ryan Succop’s field goals.

He did this with another good game of pass protection, as the Raiders were not able to register a sack against the Chiefs. Press box statistics indicate Orton was hit four times after he released the ball.

But beside the interceptions, there were a pair of intentional grounding calls against Orton. Those are especially hurtful penalties because it’s not only yardage, but loss of down. The most damaging came on the final possession of the first half, when on a 2nd-down-and-10 play, Orton threw the ball away under a heavy pass rush, but the yellow hanky came out. Instead of it being 3rd-and-10 at the Oakland 23 after the incompletion, it was 3rd-and-21 at the Oakland 44.

Succop’s 49-yard field goal was blocked at the end of the half.

“They were two big penalties,” Orton said. “I don’t know. The one that knocked us out of field goal range or to make it a longer field goal, I thought I had a receiver there. They made the calls and we have to live by it.”

With all the struggles, late in the fourth quarter, Orton was able to direct his team to a touchdown and then drove them to set up what appeared to be the game winning field goal that was blocked. In those last two possessions, Orton was 6 of 7 for 116 yards and a touchdown.

“When you play good defenses sometimes you hit a rough patch,” Orton said. “It’s not going to go perfect for you the whole game. That’s the challenge in this league, to keep on fighting and keep on clawing. When the momentum does turn you have to take advantage of it.

“As an offense we did a great job of that, just fighting, fighting, fighting. We hit some plays and gave ourselves a chance to win the game.”

5 Responses to “Orton Steps Backwards With K.C. Offense”

  • December 25, 2011  - Chuck says:

    I still say its a shame we can’t keep both Cassel and Orton on the team. A good solid backup QB is so important anymore with all these teams injuries thruout the season. Look back at how “ineffective” Palko was for those 3 games and how if Orton had been in there a different outcome may have been possible.

  • December 25, 2011  - cychief24 says:

    As Bob points out with statistical facts, OrtINT had more time yesterday than any QB this year.
    This intentional groundings out of panic were drive killers one costing us 3 points (THE game).
    This INT in the end zone for sure cost us another 3 points (THE game).
    The wimpy scramble when he flopped like a fish short of the first down led to a Raider FG 3 points (THE game).
    Now I know why my Bears friends were laughing at me when I told them after the Packer game that I wanted to keep OrtINT to compete at QB next year.

    Heck, even I want to see Stanzi play at Denver so we can see how bad he must be ;)

  • December 25, 2011  - ED J says:

    He had time because he has quick release. Bottom line he took some risks but when you got a guy not afraid to attack downfield that’s going to happen. Mr Conservative Cassel would’ve got blown out yesterday because he doesn’t take risks. Either way don’t hear how people aren’t point out that big throw to Copper where he moved the safety with his eyes and threw Copper open something I’ve never seen Cassel do. This guy only been with team a month and has accomplished more in 2 games than Cassel has in 3yrs. I say give this guy offseaon with the receivers and a better Off coordinator we could see an explosive passing game for the first time since Trent Green.

  • December 25, 2011  - ED J says:

    ONe last thing cycheif24 I know Cassel your cousin but when Charlie Weis doesn’t want the guy what do you have to say in his defense. here’s a link which talks about how Weis argued over development of Cassel didn’t think kid could cut it and washed his hands of him. Which was part reason he and Haley clashed because WEis got all credit for developing a guy he practically gave up on. Oh lets not forget Weis famous comment about your cousin Cassel. I’m here to fix the QB LMAO!! anyways that’s link below guys


  • December 26, 2011  - RW says:

    OK, OK, OK. Orton is not an elite NFL QB. Cassel is a QB that I never got as NFL caliber in the first place. Orton has a better arm, a quicker release and seems to be able to read the defense better.

    Orton had a bad day on this Sunday past. Still, he put the Chiefs in a position to win the damned game at the end of regulation. That counts for a lot. Under Orton, the Chiefs have not been blown out.

    Who’s an upgrade for 2012, realistically, over Orton? Anyone? Anyone? Buhler…Buhler…

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