Anointing rookie Kyle Orton the starter in Chicago could be a blessing for the offensively deficient Bears. Orton will take chances, but is a heady quarterback with a solid grasp of the game.
Although he doesn't have the strong arm, Orton's leadership ability and enthusiasm should provide the Bears' offense a dimension missing since the loss of Rex Grossman to injury.
Let's look at the situation in this manner: Grossman is out of half the
season, Chad Hutchinson was a dismal failure, veteran Jeff Blake has the
ability to succeed in short stretches. At least the Bears haven't tried to
trade with the Bengals to get Craig Krenzel back.
With the injury to Grossman, the Bears are expected to run the ball more until Orton is able to get some measurable game-day experience. It is that expected veteran Thomas Jones and Benson will share the wealth in the backfield early in the season. The signing of running back Cedric Benson on Sunday is a tremendous boost to the Bears ball-control strategy.
Benson, a tough between the tackles rusher, brings with him the ability to run the ball inside. The rookie running back should help the Bears control the ball and ease the pressure on Orton while giving him a chance to make the most of big play opportunities.
Although Orton is being thrust into action early, the rookie from Purdue is as game ready as any of the quarterbacks entering the league from the 2005 draft and could surprise. Many within the Chicago organization are disappointed starter Rex Grossman went down with a broken leg, but Orton is believed to have a better upside and to quite possibly offer a better fit within the offensive scheme.