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Chiefs claim Kyle Orton off waivers

Posted on: November 23, 2011 4:17 pm
Edited on: November 23, 2011 5:22 pm
Orton, Tebow

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Kyle Orton and the Bears won’t be reunited after all. Rapid Reporter Bob Gretz has confirmed an ESPN report that the Chiefs have claimed him off waivers from the Broncos.

Which makes perfect sense for Kansas City. Considering Matt Cassel is out for the season and Tyler Palko wasn’t great (but not completely terrible) last Monday against the Patriots -- he went 24 for 37 for 230 yards, three interceptions and a 48.3 rating in a 34-3 loss -- the Chiefs obviously feel like Orton gives them a chance to compete for the AFC West title.

Where they’re competing against (surprise!) the Broncos for a potential division championship. The two squads will face each other Jan. 1 in Kansas City in a contest that could have major playoff implications, especially if Tim Tebow continues to lead Denver to wins and Orton can reinvigorate the Chiefs. Entering this week, the Raiders are 6-4 to lead the AFC West, but the Broncos are 5-5 and are followed by the 4-6 Chiefs and Chargers.

The Tebow, Orton eras begin ...
So, basically, the entire division is up for grabs.

For those who wonder if Orton would decline to travel to Kansas City to fulfill his obligations, I think you can safely close the door on those thoughts. Don’t you think he would vastly enjoy ruining the Broncos season for his new team’s own benefit?

Yet, that’s also what makes this transaction strange. The Broncos must have known there was an awfully good chance the Chiefs would claim Orton -- I mean, John Elway probably watched that Monday night game and saw what Palko means to that team , right? -- if they waived him. Since Orton will be a free agent after this season, there’s a decent chance he’ll sign elsewhere in the offseason, and that means the Chiefs could win a compensatory draft pick* if they lose him.

*Can you imagine if the Chiefs beat the Broncos, expose Tim Tebow, win the AFC West and THEN get a mid-round draft pick for him?

On the Denver side, Tebow, who knocked Orton out of the starting quarterback role, seemed happy for his former colleague.

"Congratulations to him,” Tebow said, via the Denver Post. “That’ll be fun to play him the last game of the year."

But won’t Orton have a big advantage in knowing what kind of offense the Broncos run and the signals they use? After all, Orton ran that offense for the first five games of the season.

"Obviously he knows it pretty well, so he could probably give away a few things,” Tebow said. “But I think we’ll be OK.”

The Bears and Cowboys also made waiver claims on Orton, meaning that even if the Chiefs didn’t win him, Orton would be traveling to Dallas now based on the waiver order. What’s interesting about the claim made by the Cowboys -- who obviously have a starting quarterback named Tony Romo but have a backup in Jon Kitna who has a balky back -- is that it smells like Dallas claimed him simply to block Chicago from getting him.

That’s because the two teams will battle for one of the NFC wild card spots, and the Cowboys know as well as anybody that Chicago would have a better chance of accomplishing that if it played Orton instead of Caleb Hanie.

Meanwhile, the Bears announced that Jay Cutler underwent thumb surgery Wednesday and should begin rehab “within the next few days.” Chicago will still have Hanie starting this week and the forseeable future, though the team also announced that it’s signed Josh McCown to a one-year deal Wednesday. Not quite as exciting as landing Orton. But it’s something, I suppose.

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Since: Jan 17, 2010
Posted on: November 23, 2011 5:24 pm

Chiefs claim Kyle Orton off waivers

Yay Chiefs! Giving it everything they have to get another 50-0 first rd playoff aus whoopin.

Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: November 23, 2011 5:20 pm
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Since: Feb 25, 2009
Posted on: November 23, 2011 5:19 pm

Chiefs claim Kyle Orton off waivers

Hold on mr. Lotus:  Everyone has said that Orton was a great "practice" QB, so he also knows the Denver defense.
I think it's more accurate to say he knows the Denver defenders. That defense isn't the same as the one he praticed with for 2 years. Sure, neither is the offense, but player versus player, I think Denver's defenders know Orton better than Orton will know the Broncos' D. I don't think that gives Denver the advantage, but I think it cancels out any intelligence Orton brings to KC. Also, he'll only have had a few weeks with his new offense.

Given that, I honestly think that New Year's game could go either way. Orton could light up the Broncos or get crushed by their pass rush and make mistakes. I'm hoping for the former, actually, because I like Orton and hate the Broncos (one of two teams that kept knocking my Oilers out of the playoffs). But I won't swear by it.

Since: Oct 8, 2008
Posted on: November 23, 2011 5:12 pm

Chiefs claim Kyle Orton off waivers

Hold on mr. Lotus:  Everyone has said that Orton was a great "practice" QB, so he also knows the Denver defense.  I believe that he will have a great game against the Broncos and KC will have a better team at that time.  T-bone will be worned out and that will help KC get a win and prove that they made a mistake.  GO RAIDERS!!

Since: Feb 25, 2009
Posted on: November 23, 2011 4:59 pm

Report: Chiefs claim Kyle Orton off waivers

I wouldn't be so fast to claim that Orton has an advantage against Denver. After all Denver's D practiced against him for almost 3 years. They know him, and they'll look to exploit his weaknesses, the foremost of which is lack of mobility. Thanks to stud Von Miller and Head Coach Fox's defensive focus, the Broncos have been good at getting to the passer this year, and their defense has been really stepping up over the past 5 games. I think any benefit is balanced by this.

Since: Oct 6, 2011
Posted on: November 23, 2011 4:59 pm

Report: Chiefs claim Kyle Orton off waivers

kind of funny how you Chiefs fans root for this movement when last year you were in love with cassel td-int ratio and overall rating.
The issue here is Haley, he is a good offensive coach, a lousy HC. Cassel is just fine and if he is indeed traded next year he will have a chance to start for another team. Maybe the Browns?

Since: Oct 8, 2008
Posted on: November 23, 2011 4:58 pm

Report: Chiefs claim Kyle Orton off waivers

K. Orton will do just fine with KC...all he has to do is beat Denver on Jan1 and the year starts off on a good note.  GO RAIDERS!!!!

Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: November 23, 2011 4:58 pm

Report: Chiefs claim Kyle Orton off waivers

As a Patriots fan, I have to say that Orton would have made a difference.  The Pats most likely still would have won, but the Chiefs would have made a game out of it.....that field goal would have most certainly been a TD, and they probably wouldn't have had as many INT's.....That said, what actually prompted me to post was the comment about firing Todd Haley.  I think this would be a bad move.  I live near KC, and do enjoy watching the Chiefs (since CBS almost never shows Pats games out here,lol) and I have had this discussion with my friends who are Chiefs fans.  Everyone calls for Haley's firing.  What is the reasoning?  This team is pretty much the same as last year minus their (arguably) best offensive player and one of their best defensive players.  None of that is Haley's fault.  If he is such a bad coach, why not fire him last year?  Oh that's right, because they won the division.  I think with Berry and Charles, they'd probably have 2 more wins right now at least.  As it stands, they can try to make it to .500, heal up and draft well, and come back stronger next year.  What I ask my friends is who they think would have done a better job this year than Haley?  Who do Chiefs fans think will come coach?  Cowher?  Dungy?  Do you think Cowher would have the Chiefs at 7-2 or something?  I'm just trying to understand this from a hard-core Chiefs fan's perspective.....I understand that part of it is frustration, but there are so many people I know who seriously want him gone.  I just don't who would be better......

Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: November 23, 2011 4:49 pm

Report: Chiefs claim Kyle Orton off waivers

The Chiefs aren't winning the division this year. Even as lousy as this division is, they are not winning it. We may as well look forward to next year and hope things are different.

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: November 23, 2011 4:47 pm

Report: Chiefs claim Kyle Orton off waivers

Yeah not like this could've happened BEFORE the Chiefs faced the Pats..nahhhh give NE the layup with Palko.
I'm sure having Kyle Orton instead of Tyler Palko would have REALLY made a difference in that game.

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