You do not want to say that Broncos QB Kyle Orton is a sympathetic character, but he almost certainly seems like a protagonist in a Daniel Defoe novel.
Orton was seemingly a throw-in for the blockbuster deal that landed Jay Cutler in Chicago. Except that Orton outplayed Cutler last season, throwing for 3,802 yards and 21 touchdowns .
The Broncos rewarded Orton’s play by drafting Florida QB Tim Tebow in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft and trading for Brady Quinn. You couldn’t blame him for feeling like he is on an island. Like Robinson Crusoe, for instance.
Orton joined The Score in Denver with Jim Armstrong and Les Shapiro to say that he is not getting a complex or anything like that. You know, like the rest of us would.
“Been good to work with Tim and Brady,” Orton said (via Sports Radio Interviews). “I certainly know there’s competition in this league, especially at this position, every single year. I’ve been through it a number of years, and I just try to keep my work ethic the same and keep my goals going forward the same and just try to do whatever I have to do to accomplish those.”
But honestly, there are those who will never be pleased with what he does. Orton continues to be the source of scorn and is often dogged by the media, despite putting up good numbers.
But Orton said none of that matters.
“I feel appreciated by my teammates and that’s the only thing that matters to me,” Orton said. “There’s a lot of things that go on with media recognition and all that stuff, but I don’t think I really let that concern me going into my sixth year. I don’t think I’ve ever let that be a focus of myself and that’s just kinda the way I play.”