Win Lets Orton Shrug Off Embarrassing Numbers

CHICAGO - Quarterback Kyle Orton is a bottom line kind of a guy and not a numbers guy.

It's a good thing. After Sunday's 19-7 win over the Green Bay Packers, there was nothing much positive in his numbers and that can do nothing but lead to a heightened quarterback controversy.

"A win is a win," Kyle Orton said. "I don't think my passer rating is going up anytime soon, so I'm not going to really worry about that." Orton threw for 68 yards on 6-of-17 with a deflected interception. His passer rating was 23.7, his lowest since his worst game of the season against the Cincinnati Bengals, when he threw five interceptions and had a 14.7 rating.

He was already ranked last in the league in passer rating and his season rating dropped to 60.2 after Sunday.

"I don't even know where I rank," Orton said. "I don't look at the stats. I couldn't tell you, to be honest with you. I've never looked at stats. It's pretty much unimportant. I look at our win-loss record and right now that's pretty good."

Bears coach Lovie Smith is usually a glass-half-full guy, especially when looking at his passing game, but Sunday he didn't see much to like. His comments about Orton's play can only fuel a quarterback controversy considering Rex Grossman will probably be healthy enough to be backup quarterback this week after healing from a broken ankle.

"The quarterback position . . . we need to play better at it," he said. "We dropped some balls early that could have led to big drives for us. We know we need to get going in our passing game."

Yet, Smith wasn't ready to lay all the blame on Orton.

"He'll (Orton) play better than what he played today. You have games l like this where you don't play your best ball. I don't think it's any more than that, and we dropped a few passes. I just look, as I compare Kyle, and I look at what probably the greatest quarterback to play our game did today. He (Brett Favre) had a quarterback rating of (52.2). So he didn't have a great game today, either. Things like that happen."

Orton took two sacks for 19 yards in losses, leaving the Bears with a season's worst 49 net passing yards. While that total and the passer rating didn't frustrate him, his first-quarter interception did. The Bears had taken over on the Green Bay 31 after a shanked punt and on second down he threw for Desmond Clark but the ball bounced into the air and was picked off by Packers safety Mark Roman.

"That's frustrating," Orton said. "That's kind of been the one good thing that this offense has done consistently is when we get good field position, not turn the football over.

"And we've usually done a good job of scoring points (when given good field position). We didn't do that. We turned the ball over. That hurts you. Not only do you not score, but now the field (position) is flipped over to being in their advantage."

The Bears put some of the blame on Green Bay's defense, which was ranked ninth overall and seventh against the pass coming into the game.

"It was tough out there," Orton said. "We didn't have a lot of good looks. They played good. They're a top 10-ranked defense. They're a good defense. They really got up and played us physically all across the board. They were just up in the (receivers) faces all day and really challenged us.

"I thought I had a couple throws I should have made and didn't and also thought I put a couple balls in there where the play wasn't made. It's just kind of give-and-take. I'm not frustrated by it. I need to get better."

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