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Kyle Orton Q&A

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Minutes after signing his name to his one-year contract extension, Kyle Orton visited with media in a teleconference from Halas Hall Tuesday afternoon.

HOW MUCH DID STARTING IN THE FINAL THREE GAMES OF 2007 HELP YOU?

KO: Just my attitude, it made the offseason a lot easier and just left a little bit better taste in my mouth and I’m obviously ready to get back to work and excited to get back and compete.

DID THEY HAVE TO CONVINCE YOU THIS WOULD BE A REAL COMPETITION WITH REX?

KO: Obviously, I wouldn’t have signed the deal if I didn’t think that. Like I said, I’m excited for this year. I think I’ve got a great opportunity here, I’ve got great teammates around me that I know and I am just ready to get back to work.

HOW TOUGH WAS IT BIDING YOUR TIME TO GET A CHANCE?

KO: Yes, I’m sure you all know it has been difficult for me and sometimes I handle it better maybe than other times but that stuff is in the past and I think I’ve got a great opportunity here for the future and would love to make the best out of it and have a nice long career here in Chicago.

HAVE YOU TALKED TO REX?

KO: I haven’t. No.

HOW DO YOU LOOK AT IT, YOU’RE SIGNED THROUGH 2009 AND REX JUST 2008?

KO: I guess I don’t look at it. I look at what I thought was a great deal financially for my family and a chance to be locked into Chicago for one more year. That’s what I looked at in making the deal.

HOW MUCH DO YOU SEE THEM RETOOLING THE OFFENSE?

KO: I think Jerry has started and done a real good job. I don’t know what they want to do draft-wise or free agent-wise or anything like that, but I think we’ve got a good base of guys, a good group of guys to work around on offense and fill a couple holes here and there and we should be ready to go.

WERE YOU SURPRISED WHEN THE TEAM CAME TO YOU?

KO: No. My agent and I had thought maybe something would get done. We didn’t know how serious it was going to be but the deals have just gotten better and better. Coach [Lovie] Smith and Jerry [Angelo] and Ron [Turner], I think they showed confidence in me with this deal and I appreciate it and I think it’s a great deal.

HAVE YOU SPOKEN WITH BRIAN GRIESE?

KO: Yeah, I think Rex is out of town or something. That’s what I haven’t, it’s not like we’ve been playing phone tag or anything. I talked to Brian once and just had a personal conversation with him. Obviously, he’s a guy that I trust and trust to be able to, he’s been through it before and it’s always nice to have a guy who’s been through it where you can shoot some questions at him.

WHAT WILL IT BE LIKE IF HE’S NOT AROUND?

KO: Well we’ve developed a good friendship and hopefully he is back. I don’t know what the next few weeks is going to hold, but hopefully he is back and we can have three good quarterbacks in here to compete and have a nice unit. It certainly is a business.

WHAT EXCITES YOU THE MOST?

KO: I’m just excited to finally get a chance to get a lot of reps in practice and compete for a job and get better. I’m more excited about the reps I am going to be getting and just the opportunity.

THIS IS GOING TO BE A HIGH PROFILE COMPETITION. CAN IT BE AWKWARD?

KO: I don’t think so. Rex and I have been around each other for quite a while now and I think we’ve got a good relationship and we’re comfortable around each other. I expect it to be a stiff competition. I think that’s how both of us want it, I know that’s how I want it and just looking forward to it.

DID YOU CONSIDER SAYING NO THANKS AND HEADING OUT IN FREE AGENCY AFTER THIS COMING SEASON?

KO: No. I feel comfortable in Chicago. I love the city. I think I’ve got a very loyal group of fans and I want to try to do everything possible to be here and be a great player here.

DIDN’T ENTER MIND AT ALL?

KO: Obviously, there is always a business aspect of it that yeah, you’ve got to explore options, but as we explored and looked away, it kept on bringing us back here.

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Im happy for Orton and his family.By the Way Orton Congrats on getting married.
Orton Diserved the raise.He has shown that he can be a NFL QB.Hes better than Steve Stenstom,Shane Mathews,Cade McNown,&Steve Walsh.Thats not saying much.1 thing Orton has been missing is a Bears play book, But he found it right befor the N.O. Saints game.One reporter went on saying that Orton found his playbook in Grossman Locker, But grossman Denied any alligations.

If given a chance I think Kyle Orton can be a good QB for the Bears. I just think Orton is a better fit for the Bears offense than Grossman because of the simple fact Orton is more accurate with the intermediate passes and more willing to check down than Grossman. Some people have said that Orton is not very accurate but I beg to differ, two of Ortons starts this season he went 57.8 comp pct and 57.1 comp pct thats not bad for a guy who has not seen the field for more than a year and you can bet that Orton will only get better. I think with time and hopefully the Bears can improve the o-line play and running game and Orton will be in the 60's for comp pct. Also who ever the Bears have at receiver Orton will have more time to get in rhythm with. One more part of Ortons game I like is his poise in the pocket and the way he takes over the Bears offense with confidence, one example was the Green Bay game in frigid weather were a lesser player would of gave up Orton stood up and led the Bears to a victory GO BEARS!!

I am very glad Kyle Orton is back. Mr. Rex-a-lot, not so much. Now I live in Dallas and I am ridiculed alot about Rex and the offensive line. Yet I have to say when ever Orton plays they tell me one thing, There is your Quarterback, and I cannot dispute it. I see the team rally around him like I have not seen in the 30 years I have watched the Bears play. So thank you Orton for staying, from a Bears fan far from home.

Sweetness, We all miss you. Buy some more shoe strings. We are gonna set yours afire.

Maybe with this big new contract he can afford a razor to shave the neck beard. All jokes aside, I don't understand the big lovefest for Orton. He's an okay QB, but that's it. How many times have the Bears scored 20 points with him at the helm. He can thank Thomas Jones for all the wins he racked up in 05. Furthermore, people forget that Sunday night game against Atlanta, when Rex triumphantly returned at haltime. The offense had a new found swagger coming out the huddle when Rex was in there. The Bears need a QB who can put points on the board, since the defense isn't what it was in '05-06. The '08 Bears can't expect to put up 13 points and win. No matter who is behind center this season, they better draft some quality lineman to protect him. Most importantly, the coaching staff must live by their motto, "We get off the bus running". Stop giving up on the running game early in 2nd second half in close games. That's exaclty what caused Brian Griese's doom. Why in the world would you have him throwing 40-50 times in a game. Peyton Manning doesn't do that, and his arm is little better than Griese's. I know this will never happen, but please go out and sign either Michael Turner or Alan Faneca!!!

ANJUAN lets not thank Thomas Jones.Lets Thank the Defence for ranking in the top 10.
Thomas Jones numbers in 2005

Yards:948
Yard per att:4.0
TDs:7
REC:56
Tards:427
TDS:0

Those number dont reflect a QB having a 11-5 record.A-Train had better numbers the year befor, but the Bears didnt go 11-5,and the QB play was much worse then Kyles play.3 reasons why the bears went 11-5 in 2005
DEFENCE
QB not turning the ball over(13ints)
Defence

U have to believe Orton is the best QB on the roster he was the only QB to win back to back for us . He went up against Bret Favre who cried about the cold then beat Breeze in the Purdue battle and we whooped both teams trying to get into playoffs!!stats dont mean everything...Hey Jerry Angelo I know you read this spend the money quit playin you owe us a good product football is all a lot of people have...Otherwise their wont be any QB competition cause we wont have anyone to block, no one to run the ball and no one to throw too. And we wont have any special teams and our defense is on our last leg and u say we arent rebuilding. guess not u kept grossman. get it together angelo

Yay for orton and his 100 yards a game. With orton all the bears can do is play try not to lose instead of trying to win. Grossman may have some bad games, but when hes hot he is exciting to watch.

Hey BRANDO, is it defence or DEFENSE?

I've known Kyle Orton since he was at Purdue University, and he is an excellent quarterback that many people do not know. Kyle Orton is the only quarterback that can beat Ohio State when he was seniior at Purdue after he has his hip injury. I have a faith in Kyle Orton to be an excellent quarterback for the Bears. He is deserve to be starter for the Bears coming season. Grossman has hurt the Bears team since Super Bowl with his high turnovers and intercepts. Kyle Orton has a very good quarterback ratings in his rookie year, and he is deserve to receive Rookie of the Year in 2005, however Ron Turner has changed the quarterback from Orton to Grossman that Orton didn't receive his Rookie of the Year in NFL quarterback. Go Orton and win the games this coming season. I will be expecting to see the Bears vs Colts game this coming season. Go Bears!

for years now kyle should of been the man

I think its great Orton finally has a chance to compete I dont know why Lovie had his head up Grossman for so long Rex would be an Ideal #3 Griese #2 and ofcourse Orton #1 Rex is to fragile ,gets shaken way to easy totally loses his composure,Griese I cant say anything bad about him he could manage the game in a pinch , Now if Orton does start he can take a sack and not let it get to him, he has a good arm,he can literally throw the length of the field ,now if the bears will put as much time and energy in the offseason as they did rexxy we will finally have our Franchise QB,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,GO Orton

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