2012 Seahawks QB Candidates: Kyle Orton

Kyle Orton

6-4, 226 Lbs

2012 Age: 30 years old

Neither Kyle Orton nor his neck beard should be in a Seahawks helmet next year.


What we like:

Accurate enough

NFL experience

Productive in spurts


What we don’t like:

Lack of experience in West Coast Offense

Age limits long-term value to the team

Doesn’t have the arm strength to make throws to the sideline in time, or consistently

Not mobile, only average pocket presence

Most success came in a spread offense that couldn’t be more different than Seahawks scheme



Before 2011 there was a small groundswell of people who wanted Kyle Orton in Seattle (certainly not as big a groundswell as in Miami). Perhaps people still associate Denver with the West Coast Offense, but Orton’s most success came under Josh McDaniels, who ran a spread style offense, and Orton’s success was limited under WCO purveyor John Fox. Perhaps this doesn’t equate to advanced scouting, but it doesn’t work in Orton’s favor that he was ousted by the poor-throwing Tim Tebow. If the Seahawks sign Orton, he’ll be only a marginal upgrade over Tarvaris Jackson.

Check out the rest of the Seahawks Quarterback Candidates for 2012 and beyond.

What role does Kyle Orton have on this team?

  • Jock Wrangler (47%, 9 Votes)
  • Backup (26%, 5 Votes)
  • Ball Boy (16%, 3 Votes)
  • Starter (11%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 19

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