Well, now that Kyle Orton has been named the starting quarterback for the Bears season opener, it would be nice to say “finally, all the pieces are in place, and we’re on track to go to the Super Bowl again!”.
Delusional, but nice to say.
Barry Rozner, as usual, has an excellent column on all this: “You’ve got to ask … was this really a job worth winning?”
My thoughts exactly.
Here’s Rozner, summarizing it well:
As for Orton, it figures that when they finally give him a shot at leading the team, he’s got no team to lead.
Orton will be a decent NFL quarterback someday, but that day probably won’t be this year, with this team, this offense and, specifically, this dreadful offensive line.
I also liked this part:
At least, he may give special teams and defense a chance to win a few games.
This is small consolation for Orton and for Bears fans, who are facing what has a chance to be a truly horrific offensive season.
Special teams and defense ought to do their jobs, but that’s assuming the health of Devin Hester, Brian Urlacher, Tommie Harris and Mike Brown.
Subtract any of them, and the entire program begins to look like Division III.
But Orton can’t worry about all that. He has won a job almost no one would want, and his celebration could last as long as it takes to drop back and pass.
The jailbreak may be only that far away.
I hate to say this, but this could easily be one of the worst offenses the Bears have put on the field in the last 40 years. I could be wrong, and I sincerely hope I am, but all the pieces are in place for a real Sunday afternoon horror show: first, and most important, an offensive line that was old and slow last year and has lost two starters, and second, unproven receivers and running backs (though both have promise, if given good support at QB and O-line), and third, the well-known weaknesses of Orton and Grossman. The tight ends, at least, look like the one bright spot, again, with Desmond Clark, Greg Olsen, and huge rookie Kellen Davis.
I actually think the quarterback question is the least important issue for them going into the season. If they were strong on the line, and had proven receivers and backs, and assuming a healthy defense and more spectacular play from Hester on special teams — which is assuming alot, I know — winning 11 or 12 games and the division would be attainable. But this is Chicago, and we have to obsess over quarterbacks, even though football games are won up front.
So who knows? Predictions are just opinions — and we know how common and useful those are — but all the indications this year, at least on offense, aren’t real good.