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Orton Eager to Establish Ground Game

Posted Aug 31, 2011

Quarterback Kyle Orton has been impressed with the multi-dimensional mindset of the offense thus far.


ENGLEWOOD, Colo.  -- Like any quarterback, Kyle Orton enjoys moving his offense down the field through the air.

But as the Broncos ready themselves for their final preseason tuneup against the Cardinals, Orton says he is more than happy to turn around and hand the ball off to one of his capable teammates in the backfield.

"We want to be a multi-task offense and I think some games we're going to try and lean on the run and some games we're going to lean on the pass, but it's good to get out there and establish a run," Orton said. "I think everyone does a good job opening up holes for the backs and (RB) Willis (McGahee) and (RB) Knowshon (Moreno) are running the ball hard."

The ground game has emerged for the Broncos in the exhibition season as of late, and Orton says he can sense the positive mood growing in the huddle when the running backs begin to pick up chunks of yardage.

According to Orton, even the wide receivers are beginning to enjoy hearing a run called.

"It's great, I think the good thing is the receivers have taken a lot of ownership in the blocking and they realize how much easier it is going to make their life if we can get single-safety routes to throw the ball into, so the whole offense is embracing it and taking ownership in it."

Orton believes the running game can truly show through in pressure moments and he knows the tailbacks' continued production will make his life easier in the pocket.

"It helps you in the key situations, red zone and third down," Orton said of the Broncos' ability to run the football. "Obviously we can hand the ball off on 3rd-and-4 rather than getting all these crazy blitzes and coverages, so it's going to help the whole offense."

Orton and his wideouts may be pleased to see an improved running game help balance their attack, but perhaps no group is happier than the offensive linemen, who love getting the opportunity to wear down the defense at the line of scrimmage.

"This is what they do," Orton said. "They love to run the football and hopefully they embrace it and take ownership of it because it's one thing to run the ball 30 times, but you've also got to be productive, you've got to get the yards per carry and move the chain, so hopefully we can do that."