The Broncos are going into this year without their 'guy' of the last three years. Jay Cutler. Kyle Orton figures to step in and take the job, and for good reason, many Bronco fans are upset and questioning of this move. Here are some reasons to NOT be worried about Kyle Orton.
1. The Broncos offense has been built to give the QB a chance to succeed. We have (statistically) the best offensive line in football. With Clady, Harris, Wiegmann, Kuper, and Hamilton all figuring to return, the line should be just as good, if not better this year with the young guys having another year under their belt.
We also have one of the most dangerous trios at Wide Reciever. The big, athletic Brandon Marshall, the small, quick, sure-handed Eddie Royal, and the ole' vet in Brandon Stokley make the best recieving crew we've had since the Three Amigos. These guys will definitely give Orton a little more room for error.
We also possess the best Running Back that no one has heard of (yet) in Peyton Hillis. We're all so quick to forget what he did when he came in for us. He took over the reigns for the offense (which is not hard to do when your QB's name is Jay Cutler), and carried them on his back. Had he not gone up for that catch against Kansas City, I believe we would've gone 10-6 last year.
2. Josh McDaniels did wonders with a guy possessing even less credentials than Orton, and a percieved less talent than Orton. That guy's name is Matt Cassell. Call me crazy, but if you can turn a guy who hasn't started a game since high school into a guy that can step onto a football field without looking completely disoriented,(much less win 11 games) then you should be able to do something with Orton. McD's level of talent on offense is similar to that of New England's (better o-line), and Kyle has more experience and success than Cassell had.
3.Our defense will undoubtedly be starting rookies this year...quite a few of them. Our D-line figures to be getting a complete makeover through the draft, and Safety and Linebacker should be getting an infusion of youth aswell. BUT, we still figure to be in better shape on this side of the ball than we were last year. Speed and instincts are the game, and that's what makes a good defense. The guys we bring in this year might make some mistakes in reads and what-not, but they will be fast, intense, and motivated. This will also go along way to helping our new Quarterback.
Now here's for my bold prediction. If the Broncos draft well this year, meaning at least 5 or 6 starters out of our 11 picks, then I believe we are a playoff team. Our secondary seems solid now, our Linebackers seem solid, offense is solid. If McD focuses his resources on the D-line in the draft, Then I believe we will have end up with a very complete, strong team that is only getting better. Playoffs this year, be prepared for some deep playoff runs in the years to come.