Orton out of Elway’s Shadow

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Published: April 13, 2009


... to the almighty number seven.

He'll get comparisons to the supposed next rising of the messiah, who was shipped off to Chicago with his bottom lip puckered out, but not to Elway.

That will be a huge component of his success.

The pressure of being held up to Saint John for comparison has ruffled the feathers or gotten under the skin of every previous quarterback who has come into the Bronco's fold. It comes from the fans and the media, who analyze each new QB and judge his worthiness by how stacks up against John Elway.

Brian Greise had the distinct disadvantage of following right on the heels of the departing Mile High Deity. He looked clumsy and lumbering after 16 years of Elway's dexterity and dynamism.

Plummer's displeasure with the Denver fans and the Elway comparisons is well documented, insert finger wave here.

Cutler had to feel the pressure also; in one interview he defensively quipped that he had a stronger arm than Elway.


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