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Broncos: McDaniels’ background on offense fits Orton

Lindsay H. Jones
The Denver Post
Denver, CO Colorado

DENVER, Colorado “-It took quarterback Kyle Orton only a couple of hours spent with Broncos coach Josh McDaniels to realize things were going to be different than what he experienced in four years with the Chicago Bears playing for coach Lovie Smith.

McDaniels’ background is on offense, and he directed the high-powered New England attack that set NFL records in 2007. Smith is a defensive guru, and as a head coach, he made sure his teams were defense-first.

“It’s different. And that’s not taking anything away from a defensive head coach,” Orton said. “There were a lot of game situations where we played it pretty safe and let your special teams and defense win it. Sometimes that works and sometimes it doesn’t.”

The Broncos ” and former quarterback Jay Cutler ” were rarely able to play it safe, not with a defense that gave up more than 400 points each of the last two seasons.

Without making a judgment on Denver’s defense under McDaniels, Orton said he expects Denver’s offense to attack.

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“I think we’re going to score as many points as possible,” Orton said. “That tends to suit my nature a little bit better.”

Cutler comments continue.

The trade that sent Cutler to Chicago for Orton and draft picks is nearly a week old, but Cutler is still making national headlines.

On Tuesday, Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman, the lead analyst for NFL games on Fox, told The Associated Press he was surprised the relationship between Cutler and McDaniels soured so quickly.

And since it did, Aikman said he thought McDaniels had wanted to bail on Cutler all along.

“But it was pretty obvious, based on the timing, that Josh McDaniels knew that he wasn’t real high on Cutler, if he’s trying to make a trade for Matt Cassel within his first few weeks on the job,” Aikman said. “Could Jay have handled it better? Yeah, I think maybe he could have. But I certainly don’t begrudge him for being as upset as he was.”

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