When in doubt, trot in an ex-Bear quarterback to help out.
The Cleveland Browns did it, bringing in Jason Campbell, then Caleb Hanie (just before the Bears game in 2013), then Rex Grossman this offseason. Tampa Bay turned its 2014 offense over to Josh McCown. Jim McMahon played for just about everyone in the NFL after leaving Chicago.
Now the Buffalo Bills have brought in Kyle Orton to back up E.J. Manuel, this after adding and then releasing Jordan Palmer.
None other than Jay Cutler expressed some concern when Palmer signed with Buffalo after his release by the Bears. Cutler shouldn’t have worried.
Palmer lasted all of three days and was chiefly concerned with preparing himself for preseason game No. 4 against the Detroit Lions, which was an embarrassing 23-0 loss for the Bills. Palmer was a woeful 9-for-22 for 73 yards, zero TDs, three INTs and a rating of 10.4. The Bears perhaps would have liked Palmer to hang around Buffalo, at least through this week.
“When Jordan was here, we were still in the preseason. And obviously I was kinda taking my focus to Chicago, and he was really gearing up for Detroit, trying to make our team,” Manuel said. “So there wasn’t a whole lot of back and forth about Chicago. It wasn’t like he came in here and gave us all their information, so not a whole lot of it.”
Orton has been a different support system for Manuel, entering his second season after 10 rookie starts.
“Kyle has done a great deal for me,” said Manuel, who noted that he typically had watched film alone before the new guy arrived. “Kyle will sit in with me, point out some things I may not have been looking for, and at times help me formulate film study throughout the week.”
“I watched a lot of film last year, but to have Kyle, who’s played in the league, it’s different from a guy who’s been there for a long time. He’s been a great deal of help.”