Orton on the offensive

Rookie quarterback Kyle Orton, leading the Chicago offense for the first-place Bears, talks Bears and 49ers:

Q: When you look at where the 49ers rank on offense and defense does that give you confidence about this upcoming game?

Orton:
We always have confidence going into games. We never play football or put much stock in the rankings. We have to play hard this week and they have a lot of players on defense that can really play. They've been on the field quite a bit. They have guys on the defensive side of the ball that can make a lot of plays.

Q: When you came to the Bears, did you envision yourself starting right away?

Orton:
I didn't really expect to be starting game one of my rookie season, but stuff happens and I'm happy the way that it turned out. I'm playing well and I'm getting better every week.

Q: Why do you think you've gotten better as time has gone on?

Orton:
From just being on the field, because that's the only place that you can really learn. I played well at times and I made some mistakes at times. I really just want to put my team in a position to win. I have a lot of great players that are playing football around me.

Q: Since you weren't selected higher in the draft, does that make it easier for you?

Orton:
You must not be around Chicago. The expectations are pretty high for the way that I'm playing. I place high expectations on my game and I think that the coaches and fans do too. I have to go out there and perform like a good quarterback. We're in a playoff race so I have to play well week in and week out.

Q: Is there added motivation since you know that every team in the league passed you up at least three times?

Orton:
It's not a big deal to me. I'm happy where I'm at and I'm happy where I ended up. I feel like I'm in a great situation. I love being in Chicago and I'm happy that I ended up here.

Q: What makes that a great situation for you?

Orton:
Obviously, I'm playing. I have a great run game and an awesome defense, so it's a good situation for any quarterback. I got a chance to play early in my career and I feel like it will benefit me down the road.

Q: Can you contrast how you are now opposed to how you were at the beginning of the season?

Orton:
It's night and day. I'm a much better player than I was this week than I was in week one. I've been given the chance to make mistakes and learn from them. It's been a long process and that's the way that you approach things. You can't make the same mistakes as you did early in the season.

Q: You were only three years old when the Bears won the Super Bowl, but how much is that team resurrected amongst you all?

Orton:
Obviously they're getting a lot of attention for the great team that they had in 85'. We feel like we have a good football team and hopefully we can make our own history in the next few years.

Q: When you were growing up in Iowa were you a Bears fan?

Orton:
I either watched the Bears, the Chiefs or the Vikings. Those were the three teams we got to watch and obviously being a football fan I watched them all.

Q: When you watch the 49ers on film what jumps out at you?

Orton:
They have got guys that can make a bunch of plays and they play pretty hard. Their guys up front are tough guys that play hard and play downhill. We have to take care of the football and get a hat on a hat to make sure nobody is untouched.


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