Former Patriots Coordinator McDaniels Has Denver QB Orton Off to a Record Start

Ian Logue
October 10, 2010 at 10:26am ET

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I came accross an interesting article this morning on former Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, who has Denver quarterback Kyle Orton off to a record setting start this season.

Orton is on pace to throw for over 5,000 yards, which should he accomplish it, he'd become only the third quarterback in NFL history to surpass that mark.  He's also on pace to shatter Dan Marino's single season record of 5,084.  The only other QB to come close was Drew Brees, who threw for 5,069 in 2008.  Even during Tom Brady's astounding 2007 campaign, he finished with just 4,806 yards passing.  This should show just how impressive that milestone really is considering Brady didn't even hit it after the season he had.

So far through four games Orton has thrown for 1,419 yards, and is 321 ahead of where Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino was at the same point in his historic 1984 season.

How this will translate in terms of wins and losses remains to be seen, as the Broncos are just 2-2 through four games this season.  So far they've also been one dimensional, with their ground game ranked last in the league with a meager 220 yards rushing.

They're currently in Baltimore to take on the Ravens this afternoon at 1:00pm.