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Morning links: Orton an undervalued QB

ESPN’s KC Joyner uses a statistical look at Denver’s Kyle Orton to argue that he could be the best quarterback available whenever free agency begins this year. You must be an ESPN Insider to view the article.

“Last season, Orton posted 7.5 yards per attempt (YPA). This total ranked tied with Eli Manning and David Garrard for the ninth-highest overall YPA in the NFL. (Note: This YPA total includes attempts and yards racked up on penalty plays such as pass interference, defensive holding, illegal contact, etc.)

“That wasn't the only place where Orton ranked in the top 10. He also placed 10th in vertical YPA with an 11.5 mark (vertical passes being defined as those thrown 11 or more yards downfield) and had the fourth-best YPA (18.7) on bomb passes (thrown 20 or more yards).

“And his case can actually be taken back further than just this past year. Since 2008, 17 quarterbacks have won at least 20 regular-season games, an elite group including Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Brett Favre, Philip Rivers, Aaron Rodgers and Orton.”

Vince Verhei of Football Outsiders takes a look at the biggest post-draft holes in NFC West teams. For Seattle, he believes that is the defensive line.

You ever wonder why the Seahawks don’t throw to Marshawn Lynch much out of the backfield? The Cal product is in the bottom 10 running back in drop percentage from 2008 to 2010, according to Pro Football Focus.

Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com writes about the team’s struggles in 2006 following Seattle’s Super Bowl run a year earlier.

Jim Trotter of Sports Illustrated offers a pretty interesting read on the labor situation from the players’ perspective with an unvarnished interview with New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees. It’s definitely worth a read this morning.

Marty Callinan of ESPN Stats and Info explores Kevin Kolb’s struggles on third down. Kolb’s passer rating against five-or-more defensive backs, which you predominantly see on third down, over the last three seasons is 66.4. That puts him in the same company with guys like J.T. O’Sullivan (66.0), Dan Orlovsky (64.1) and former Cardinal Matt Leinart (68.0).

Dating back to 2008, the average passer rating for NFL quarterbacks against those small packages is 79.6.

Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News talks to Kevin Kolb, who showed up to Eagles’ informal player workouts this week. Kolb reiterated his desire to be traded, but also said he “won’t be a turd” if he remains in Philadelphia.

Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com believes teams should not ask employees to take pay cuts during the lockout. I agree.

Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports agrees with Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay’s deadline of July 4 to get a deal done in order for the league to hold free agency and play a full slate of games.

Jim Corbett of USA Today interviews former Arizona quarterback Kurt Warner, who says players have to compromise in order to get a deal done.

Brian Billick of Fox Sports offers some things coaching staffs can do to better prepared for the upcoming season during the lockout with no players around.

No Seahawk makes Pete Prisco of CBS Sports’ list of potential breakout players for 2011.

Andrew Brandt of the National Football Post writes that NFL coaches are caught in the crossfire of the league’s labor dispute and must straddle both sides of the fence.

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