I can't believe Sun-Times columnist Neil Hayes is starting this stupid debate. Kyle "Ortman" for Jay Cutler an even trade? I don't think so, dog.
Yes, I am aware the Broncos are 4-0. A few points about that: 1) The Broncos have wins over the lowly Browns and lowly Raiders. 2) The Broncos beat the Bengals only because "Ortman" woefully underthrew Brandon Marshall, and the tipped pass fortunately landed in another Denver receiver's hands for a miracle touchdown. 3) The Denver defense is ranked No. 1 in the NFL, largely because they've played really bad teams (see point one).
The Broncos aren't 4-0 because of Kyle Orton. He's still a mediocre, caretaker quarterback. You can win with him if you have a great defense, which the Bears proved during Orton's rookie year in 2005. But there's no way in hell you take Kyle Orton over Jay Cutler as your quarterback. No way. Cutler makes throws that Orton can't, and unlike good ol' neck beard, he can actually move in the pocket. That's been key the first few games because the Bears offensive line hasn't provided the greatest pass protection so far this year.
The Bears are 3-1. Is anyone prepared to make the case they'd be 3-1 with "Ortman" under center? Not a chance. They'd probably be 1-3 at this point.
Here are the Broncos next four games: New England, at San Diego, at Baltimore, Pittsburgh. Let's see if "Ortman" can win at least two of those games before we starting calling this an even trade.