People are still trotting out the belief Orton can throw deep (thread)
In response I've put together the following stats (using ESPN's accurate data tracking throwing ranges) to expose the truth once and for all. This wasn't a quick endevour, but worth it to show those who insist he can are just plain wrong. Let alone those who say he's one of the best deep throwers in football (I mean, come ON).
The top 14 QB's (Every QB up to Orton), by rating, last year.
Their attempts/accuracy on balls thrown 30+ yards the last two seasons.
(In case I get accused of cherryy-picking) for his career Orton is even worse
PLAYER COMP ATT PERC (%)
Brees 21 50 42
Favre 11 42 26
Rivers 21 53 40
Rodgers 18 51 35
Roeth' 13 43 30
Peyton 13 54 24
Schaub 10 26 38
Romo 20 59 34
Brady 7 27 26
Warner 11 28 39
Eli 12 41 29
McNabb 11 42 26
Flacco 14 56 25
ORTON 4 22 18
7/48, for 14.5%
I won't even go in to the fact that of almost half of his 7 career 30+ completions came last year (3). Two were blown coverages in the same game to Marshall, and one was freak of the century, and a horribly thrown ball, in Week 1.
Truth is Orton has one of the worst deep balls in the game. He simply is almost incapable of completing a deep ball to a receiver who is NFL-open.
He has worse deep numbers than almost every starting Quarterback in the league (MUCH worse than most). If it wasn't for his last year flukes he would clearly shown to be what he is, about the worst deep thrower that you're ever likely to see in an NFL game.
Anyone still want to insist he can throw deep well?