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SportinOne
04-06-2010, 02:36 PM
In other news:

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Guys like it when their spouses are still putting out. (http://duh.com/)

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=5060714

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Kyle Orton says he thinks Brady Quinn's acquisition will make the Denver Broncos stronger and deeper.

He just doesn't plan on admiring him from the sideline.

In his first public comments since the March 14 trade that brought Quinn over from Cleveland, Orton said Tuesday he appreciated that coach Josh McDaniels came out and said he's still his starter.

Although that can certainly change, Orton said he's not focused on any competition for his quarterback job but rather on improving in his second season in the system.

He also said he's participating in the Broncos' offseason program -- not because Quinn is here but because he felt that as the team's leader, he needed to take part even though he's a restricted free agent who hasn't signed his $2.621 million tender.

"Him coming in hasn't changed my work ethic, hasn't changed my approach to this season," Orton insisted. "I knew we had to get better as an offense, and there's no way we're going to do that if I'm not here."

Orton had a solid season in Denver after arriving from Chicago in the Jay Cutler trade a year ago. He threw for 21 touchdowns and 3,802 yards, but at 8-8 the Broncos missed the playoffs again.

"There's things that I got to do to improve, obviously, or we would have been in the playoffs last year," Orton said.

He said he wants to be a stronger leader and make better decisions in games.

"I think I can take my leadership to a whole new level," Orton said. "I think to have a great offense, you've got to have a guy that demands it from everybody, starting with himself. I demand perfection out of my play and I'm going to expect that from everybody else on our offense, as well. So, I think that's my main goal.

"And second, just take this offense to a whole new level, whether it's at the line of scrimmage, whether it's making the plays down the field, whether it's making something out of a busted play. Whatever it is, just make sure we get into the end zone when we need to get into the end zone."

McDaniels focused on defense in free agency, beefing up his line with Jarvis Green, Justin Bannan and Jamal Williams, and he's done very little to tweak his offense, which lost center Casey Wiegmann to Kansas City.

Quinn's acquisition rated as the biggest offensive move this offseason.

Right after pulling off the trade, McDaniels called Orton and told him that while he was bringing in some better competition, he wasn't going to throw the job up for grabs like he did last year when Orton beat out Chris Simms.

"I told him I've never backed down from competition and it really won't change my mindset going into the season at all," Orton recounted.

And, he said, he appreciated the vote of confidence from his coach.

"I feel like I had a good year last year and I'm going to have an even better year this year," Orton said. "The more you can be around guys and the more you can be that guy and have everybody looking to you, the easier it is."

Orton said he especially wants to improve his rapport with third-year receiver Eddie Royal, who followed up his spectacular rookie season (91 catches, 980 yards, five TDs) with just 37 receptions and no touchdowns in one of the more stupefying story lines in Denver last season.

"I just think a lot of it was I was new to him, he was new to me and we just kind of ... we missed some plays," said Orton, who predicted Royal was "going to have a great year this year."

That could solve another problem for the Broncos, whose offense was confined mostly to underneath routes last season.

"It would be great to be able to hit some plays 25, 30 yards down the field," Orton said.

Orton might not have two of his top targets back in 2010.

Restricted free agents Brandon Marshall and Tony Scheffler, both of whom ended last season in McDaniels' doghouse, are boycotting the team's offseason workouts and hoping opportunities open up elsewhere.

"They're certainly going through a tough situation right now and I hope it works out for them one way or the other," Orton said. "But we'd love to have them. I'd love to have all of our best players and get ready to have a great season."

Doggcow
04-06-2010, 02:37 PM
'Orton likes hearing he's still Broncos' main QB'

NOWAY

That One Guy
04-06-2010, 02:57 PM
Anyone else think someone who focuses on being a leader so much really doesn't know what it takes to be one?

Rabb
04-06-2010, 03:00 PM
Anyone else think someone who focuses on being a leader so much really doesn't know what it takes to be one?

on the other hand part of being an effective leader is recognizing your own faults and working to improve them

but God forbid we give anyone a chance to do that

2KBack
04-06-2010, 03:11 PM
Anyone else think someone who focuses on being a leader so much really doesn't know what it takes to be one?

no

DenverBrit
04-06-2010, 03:21 PM
Anyone else think someone who focuses on being a leader so much really doesn't know what it takes to be one?

Not really.
Leadership is also a learning process, one that is never ends. Ask anyone who has ever served and lead in the military.
Orton's attitude is one that the entire team needs to adopt. Rod Smith was a classic example of someone who never took his job for granted and never felt his job was secure and lead by example.
Orton has just completed his first season with the Broncos, I hope he IS focused on being a leader as well as improving his game. :thumbsup:

Pick Six
04-06-2010, 03:31 PM
Not really.
Leadership is also a learning process, one that is never ends. Ask anyone who has ever served and lead in the military.
Orton's attitude is one that the entire team needs to adopt. Rod Smith was a classic example of someone who never took his job for granted and never felt his job was secure and lead by example.
Orton has just completed his first season with the Broncos, I hope he IS focused on being a leader as well as improving his game. :thumbsup:

Nobody can realistically deny his will to win. In my opinion, that makes him a leader...

That One Guy
04-06-2010, 03:49 PM
Nobody can realistically deny his will to win. In my opinion, that makes him a leader...

Absolutely. But he made about 65 references (roughly) talking about being a leader. In my opinion, someone so occupied with talking about being a leader either isn't sure of their actions to speak for themselves or they're just new to the role and it's the anticipation of such. Maybe he's just trying to do what he never got to in Chicago but he definitely seems preoccupied with the concept.

yerner
04-06-2010, 03:54 PM
Can't wait for the Orton/Quinn era to be over. Absolutely nothing good about it.

Popps
04-06-2010, 03:54 PM
Countdown to thread destruction....

That One Guy
04-06-2010, 04:00 PM
Can't wait for the Orton/Quinn era to be over. Absolutely nothing good about it.

Might be a good idea to trade in your fan token in that case. I could see this one lasting a while. Just a suspicion.

BlueCrusher
04-06-2010, 04:02 PM
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Tombstone RJ
04-06-2010, 04:05 PM
Orton's gonna be a great politician... he's got mad PR skillzzzz

Tombstone RJ
04-06-2010, 04:05 PM
Can't wait for the Orton/Quinn era to be over. Absolutely nothing good about it.

Time to slam another OH-EEEEEEEE!!!

baja
04-06-2010, 04:13 PM
Anyone else think someone who focuses on being a leader so much really doesn't know what it takes to be one?

Ya he ought shut up about it already.

Lead by example dude....

DBroncos4life
04-06-2010, 04:14 PM
I heard that dry land is a myth. Can anyone confirm that it is real? Possibly with a map that has been tattooed onto a little girl.

Ray Finkle
04-06-2010, 04:28 PM
I heard that dry land is a myth. Can anyone confirm that it is real? Possibly with a map that has been tattooed onto a little girl.

you did not just go waterworld....wow.

crush17
04-06-2010, 04:39 PM
oh he went there!

Play2win
04-06-2010, 04:45 PM
Hey, at least we have a QB that takes his position seriously, for a change...

DBroncos4life
04-06-2010, 04:56 PM
you did not just go waterworld....wow.

Ha, ha :)

Really I'm shocked that he isn't pissed about this news. ROFL!

SportinOne
04-06-2010, 05:38 PM
Hey, at least we have a QB that takes his position seriously, for a change...

Yeah, because Jay Cutler absolutely did not care if he played well or if we won or lost. Good lord.

Hamrob
04-06-2010, 05:55 PM
Look, I'm not a big Orton fan...but, I like what he's saying. He's a good guy, that's for sure. He's obviously looked in the mirror and understands what needs to improve.

- His Leadership
- Utilizing Eddie Royal's talents
- Making more plays down the field
- Making more plays (period)...he mentions broken plays
- Scoring

We'll see how it all turns out. Personally, I hope he turns into a stud and that Quinn makes it one hell of a competition.

Ray Finkle
04-06-2010, 09:15 PM
The thing that impressed me the most was when they asked about personnel and if he had any input. He simply stated "I am the QB, I don't get in front office things".....good job.

Taco John
04-06-2010, 09:40 PM
Leadership coochtards! I'll bet that turd nugget Brady Quinn couldn't lead a conga line of skanks into a hot tub after a round of flaming Dr. Peppers! BOOSH!!!

/King Neckbeard

theAPAOps5
04-06-2010, 09:45 PM
King Neckbeard is a modern day Shakespeare. That is quality stuff.

strafen
04-06-2010, 10:40 PM
Orton is not a QB for us.
He needs to be booted out of here.
This is our weakest link. We need to be strong at QB.
It remains to be seen if Quinn or Brandstater can be the guy.
One thing I know, Orton is not going to cut it.

I think even McDaniels knows that...

baja
04-06-2010, 10:48 PM
Going to be interesting to read you when Orton makes the Pro Bowl as an alternate.

BroncoBuff
04-06-2010, 11:49 PM
I think Quinn is gonna suck ... remember, Browns gave up the farm to Dallas to get him, the home town golden boy.

Less than three years later, they ship him out for a backup fullback and a mid-round pick?


Orton is fine, he'll be better than fine with another year in the system, with Ryan Harris back, a decent center, and if we keep Marshall. :thumbs:

strafen
04-07-2010, 12:31 AM
I think Quinn is gonna suck ... remember, Browns gave up the farm to Dallas to get him, the home town golden boy.

Less than three years later, they ship him out for a backup fullback and a mid-round pick?


Orton is fine, he'll be better than fine with another year in the system, with Ryan Harris back, a decent center, and if we keep Marshall. :thumbs:

He's been in the league for about 5-6 years and never been the guy. He was the guy for us last year by default.
He once lost his starting job and became the 3rd stringer behind Rex Grossman and Brian Griese. That says a lot about a guy who's been around long enough in my opinion and not being able to be the guy for any team yet...

HAT
04-07-2010, 12:35 AM
I think Quinn is gonna suck ... remember, Browns gave up the farm to Dallas to get him, the home town golden boy.

Less than three years later, they ship him out for a ham sandwich and a mid-round pick?


Orton is fine, he'll be better than fine with another year in the system, with Ryan Harris back, a decent center, and if we keep Marshall. :thumbs:

Fixed! :thumbsup:

extralife
04-07-2010, 01:46 AM
Obviously a primadona. Ship him out.

on this Bronco team there is open competition at every position. there are no starters. in fact, players don't get names or contracts and we just run the same play over and over again so our TEAM can shine

ZONA
04-07-2010, 02:07 AM
Anyone else think someone who focuses on being a leader so much really doesn't know what it takes to be one?

I think the word leader is over used. Make plays and limit your mistakes and people will respect you. If you call that being a leader then great. Don't worry about being more of a leader Kyle, that will come if you make more plays out there. To make plays, that means you have to take more risks, albiet, smart and calculated risks. Translation, don't just fall down when somebody gets close to you and don't throw the ball away every time somebody isn't WIDE open. Sometimes in the NFL you have to put the ball on the money to a guy that isn't wide open, but may just have body position or a leg up so to speak. Manning is the master of this. How many times do we see a guy covered and Manning's pass is only where his guy can get it and you say how in the hell did he get that ball in there.

Bottom line - Orton needs to become more then a game manager if he wants to stick around as the starter. He's got to make more plays and complete more passes and go downfield a bit more. Game managers were fine 10 years ago but with the rules the way they are now, QB's must be playmakers because the rules favor them. If you're not making enough plays, you don't belong in todays NFL as a QB.

bowtown
04-07-2010, 07:52 AM
I think Quinn is gonna suck ... remember, Browns gave up the farm to Dallas to get him, the home town golden boy.

Less than three years later, they ship him out for a backup fullback and a mid-round pick?


Orton is fine, he'll be better than fine with another year in the system, with Ryan Harris back, a decent center, and if we keep Marshall. :thumbs:

You're just bitter we cut Simms to make room for him. ;)

Drek
04-07-2010, 08:26 AM
I think Quinn is gonna suck ... remember, Browns gave up the farm to Dallas to get him, the home town golden boy.

Less than three years later, they ship him out for a backup fullback and a mid-round pick?


Orton is fine, he'll be better than fine with another year in the system, with Ryan Harris back, a decent center, and if we keep Marshall. :thumbs:

The Browns also traded their best defensive player for a 3rd round pick, and replaced Quinn with Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace.

Holmgren is cleaning house, talent is irrelevant, being from the previous regime is enough to get you moved for the best available offer.

He's been in the league for about 5-6 years and never been the guy. He was the guy for us last year by default.
He once lost his starting job and became the 3rd stringer behind Rex Grossman and Brian Griese. That says a lot about a guy who's been around long enough in my opinion and not being able to be the guy for any team yet...

I'd say it says a whole lot more about Lovie Smith. Orton kept winning and Smith kept working to bench him in favor of anyone he could find. What they gave up for Cutler should be the final nail in the coffin when it comes to trusting any QB evaluations out of the current Bears brain trust.

Circle Orange
04-14-2010, 10:19 PM
Sorry, Kyle. You have to go. You're just...SOOOO 2009. ;D

SportinOne
04-14-2010, 11:16 PM
Orton is fine, he'll be better than fine with another year in the system, with Ryan Harris back, a decent center, and if we keep Marshall. :thumbs:

I was almost sure that the above statement was why this thread got bumped.. oh well here it is.