Doug Marrone reportedly upset over Kyle Orton signing

Doug Marrone BillsBuffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone got into a verbal altercation with members of the team’s front office during a practice this week, and now we know why.

According to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, Marrone was upset over the team’s signing of Kyle Orton. Florio specifically says that the timing and money involved with the signing, which came after starting quarterback E.J. Manuel struggled in the preseason, was an issue for the coach.

Orton was signed to a two-year, $11 million deal. Paying a quarterback that kind of money is a sign that he will probably start games for you at some point in the season. Marrone reportedly believes that the signing can negatively affect the confidence of the second-year quarterback from Florida State.

Though Marrone initially denied getting into an argument at practice, team president Russ Brandon said he, Marrone and GM Doug Whaley were involved in the incident. However, in comments to The Buffalo News, Brandon termed it a “discussion” rather than an “altercation.”

“Whaley and Coach were involved in the discussion,” Brandon said via The Buffalo News.

“This is the best working relationship I have seen, to be honest, between a coach and a GM. They’re great competitors and communicators.”

Does it really matter, anyway? All of these dudes will be out of jobs before long once the team is sold. You can bank on that. And any team that has to consider having Orton start games is in big, big trouble.

Jerry Jones’ reaction to Kyle Orton’s game-losing interception (GIF)

Jerry Jones reactionOhhhh Jerruh. You guys nearly had them!

In the end, the Dallas Cowboys’ season ended the way it should have — on an interception. The only difference was it was Kyle Orton throwing the pick instead of Tony Romo. Different QB, same result.

Let’s all enjoy some schaudenfreude and watch the reaction of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to Orton’s interception to seal the loss for the Cowboys.

Let’s also enjoy this great quote from Jerruh during the week.

“We paid a lot of money several years ago for just this very circumstance,” Jones said on his radio show on KRLD-FM Tuesday morning. “Should we be in a situation where a game or a possible intermittent time when Tony couldn’t play, we get the very best we can, and that’s why we signed Kyle Orton for over $10 million a few years ago, just for this very occasion. Kyle has a very strong arm, he’s very experienced. If required, he’ll be able to step in and do as good under the circumstances as you could expect.”

You called it, Jerruh.

Terrell Owens: Kyle Orton gives Cowboys better chance to win than Tony Romo

Terrell-Owens-cryingKyle Orton will start in place of Tony Romo for the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles. Given Romo’s history of choking and the fact that the game will decide which team advances to the playoffs, some people feel that Orton may actually give Dallas a better chance to win. Terrell Owens is one of those people.

We all remember the infamous “that’s my quarterback” press conference where TO had tears streaming down his face in defense of Romo, but he’s going with the numbers in this situation.

“My thing with Romo is he’s been inconsistent late in ballgames,” Owens said during an appearance on the NFL Network. “Going into a situation like this you don’t have him No. 1. With Tony Romo you kind of already know what to expect. Late in the game it’s a toss-up.

“So if you look at what Kyle Orton has done — he’s done more with less. In this situation, I think the uncertainty with (the Eagles) not playing against Orton, he has an edge.”

Prior to Owens presenting his argument, NFL Network showed a few statistics about Romo’s play in clutch situations versus Orton’s play. Since 2008, Orton has throw a touchdown pass every 13.7 pass attempts in the final five minutes of the fourth quarter. Romo has thrown a touchdown pass every 28.7 pass attempts in the same situation. Orton has thrown one interception every 40.1 pass attempts in the final five minutes, and Romo has thrown one every 20.1 attempts.

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Bill Polian believes the Colts could have gotten Kyle Orton with a later trade deadline last season

With the NFL having decided to move the trade deadline back two weeks to Week 8 next season, Colts fans are left wondering if that would have been a good thing or a bad thing for their team last season. When asked about the rule change recently, former Colts vice chairman Bill Polian seemed fairly certain that the Colts would have had a different look last season if the deadline was Week 8. More specifically, he feels they would have had a chance to land a legitimate starting quarterback.

“I think the deadline being moved last year would have made a difference for us,” Polian told Sports Illustrated’s Peter King. “We would have rekindled our interest in Orton. In Week 6, we knew our quarterback situation wasn’t great, but after a couple more weeks, we realized the situation was bad. We probably would have called Denver, who’d gone to (Tim) Tebow by then, and said, ‘Hey, we’ll give you a three (a third-round draft choice) for Orton.'”

That may be, but that would have also likely led to the Colts not landing the No. 1 overall pick and thus not drafting Andrew Luck. As we know, that would have made Indy fans like these ones quite upset.

Trading for Orton last season would probably have led to a few more wins, but it certainly wasn’t going to make the Colts a playoff contender. Not only that, but Orton isn’t exactly a quarterback you would want to build the future of your team around. Indy’s abysmal season may have ultimately cost Polian his job, but at the moment Colts fans should be pleased with the way everything turned out.

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Jason Campbell, Kyle Orton are starter quality, but they signed to be backups

Two underrated free agent signings in the past 24 hours were Jason Campbell and Kyle Orton agreeing to become backup quarterbacks. Campbell signed with the Bears for $3.5 million Tuesday to back up Jay Cutler. Orton signed a three-year deal with the Cowboys Wednesday to back up Tony Romo.

Campbell went 11-7 over the past two seasons as a starter in Oakland and was 4-2 before getting knocked out for the season last year. He’s not a big game-changer, but he doesn’t make too many mistakes and he gives his teams a chance to win.

Orton was 1-4 as a starter for the Broncos before being benched in favor of Tim Tebow. He was claimed by the Chiefs after being waived and went 2-1. He’s capable of putting up bigger stats than Campbell, but he also makes more mistakes.

What’s interesting about these signings is that it shows there are limited opportunities for quarterbacks to compete for starting jobs; most teams feel they have a quarterback or are planning to acquire one through the draft or free agency. Just looking around the league, either QB would be an upgrade for the Vikings, Seahawks, Cardinals, Browns, and Jags. I’m not sure why those teams weren’t interested.

Kyle Orton Waived by Broncos; Chiefs and Bears Likely to be Interested

Three months after the Broncos seriously discussed trading Kyle Orton to the Dolphins, they placed him on waivers. That means instead of getting a draft pick or two in return for him, they’re letting him go for nothing. Actually, the Broncos botched the situation so badly they already paid Orton around $6 million if our numbers are correct. Whoever claims him will be required to pay $2.58 million, according to The Denver Post.

The Broncos are now fully invested in Tim Tebow for the rest of the season. The decision makes sense given that Tebow has led them to four wins in their last five games. They also must believe that Brady Quinn is a competent backup. The statement from coach John Fox confirms that notion.

“We feel good about our quarterback group, and this gives Kyle an opportunity to help another team and showcase his talents.”

It’s a generous move by the Broncos to waive Orton. Now that he’s on waivers, a few quarterback-needy teams will likely be interested. The Redskins, at 3-7, could claim him just to keep other teams from getting him, though he probably isn’t much of an upgrade over Rex Grossman at this point in the year.

The other two teams that likely will be interested are the Chiefs and Bears. Kansas City is 4-6, still in the AFC West hunt, and they played Tyler Palko at quarterback Monday. They could desperately use some quarterback help and may be interested in an upgrade.

The Bears are the team that may have the strongest interes in Orton. The organization drafted him, and he played two seasons for them. The thumb injury to Jay Cutler also inspired Orton to ask the Broncos to be placed on waivers. Chicago is 30th in the waiver order, so 29 teams would have a chance to claim him first. If he does get to them, they could let him pass and sign him as a free agent for a cheaper price.

Right now, we’re guessing the Chiefs will end up with Orton.

Kyle Orton’s Incomplete Pass Hits Windshield of Willis McGahee’s Porsche

We weren’t joking when we said John Fox was messing with fire by demoting Tim Tebow to third string on the Broncos’ quarterback depth chart. If this isn’t a sign from above, I don’t know what is.

During Broncos practice Thursday, quarterback Kyle Orton threw an incomplete pass in the end zone that hit a car in the players’ parking lot. Turns out it hit the windshield of Willis McGahee’s Porsche. Broncos beat writer Lindsay Jones tweeted about the incident.

Inc pass into the end zone just cracked windshield on Porshe in players parking lot. Whoops. Came in fast and hard, off the bounce. For what its worth, only about 10 yards from back of end zone to the players’ parking lot. No fence. Not some crazy errant pass here.

Mystery solved: The Porsche belongs to Willis McGahee. Insurance will cover it. Broncos employees already taking care of it.”

The best part of the story was Willis’ response. According to Andrew Mason, “Willis McGahee came over to examine the damaged windshield on his Porsche. He said it’s no big deal because he needed a new car, anyway.” Ahh, now that’s the life, isn’t it? Just replace your entire sports car if the windshield gets damaged, right? Can’t imagine why some players end up broke. I think the Broncos may need to look at doing what the Braves did with their parking lot as a solution.

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