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Orton running away with Broncos QB competition

Posted on: August 2, 2011 9:29 am
Edited on: August 2, 2011 11:49 am
Posted by Will Brinson

All offseason long, two things about the Broncos have been assumed. One, that Kyle Orton will be traded at some point. And two, that Tim Tebow will just take over and run the Denver offense and succeed like he did at Florida.

OK, we didn't all assume that -- some of us knew John Fox wouldn't want a youngster like Tebow running his offense. But Denver seemed headed in that direction anyway.

One problem: Tebow's getting absolutely torched by Orton thus far in camp.

Like, to the point where Orton is the only guy getting reps with the No. 1 offense, according to the Denver Post's Mike Klis.

"[Tebow] and Brady Quinn are neck and neck in the battle for the No. 2 quarterback spot," Klis wrote Monday.
Orton's Offseason

Jim Trotter of Sports Illustrated, also dispatched to Denver's camp, writes that Orton has "clearly separated himself" from Tebow and Quinn, though he notes that it's not out of the realm of possibility that Tebow could still wind up starting.

And it's not -- Denver has a lot invested in him, would probably like to see him succeed (or at least succeed enough to trade him), and clearly doesn't see Orton as the answer (given that they put him on the block).

But as I said a few weeks ago, this is a Fox-run team and expecting to see Tebow take over for a vet like Orton is kind of a long-shot.

Especially when there's such a clear-cut talent discrepancy between the two on the field.

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Since: Oct 28, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2011 1:26 pm

Orton running away with Broncos QB competition

If you will notice, bengle77-------- I SAID ELWAY WAS JEALOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!  I did not say he would ever be replaced as a legend. But, elway himself is scared of sharing the spotlight. Elway has always been a self centered selfish person. That was my point. You show ignorance by not understanding the message.

Since: Jan 21, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2011 12:59 pm

Orton running away with Broncos QB competition

The Broncos ORGANIZATION doesn't know what the HELL they're doing, JUST LIKE, YORK & the 49ers organization!!! BOTH have their heads up their ASH!!!!

Since: Feb 3, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2011 10:43 am

Orton running away with Broncos QB competition

Last time I checked, the Broncos won 4 games last year
They won 3 games with Kyle, Timmy acutally won 1  :)

Since: Nov 1, 2006
Posted on: August 3, 2011 10:14 am

Orton running away with Broncos QB competition

Yes, I can say 'out of the league' in a few years. I'll even use it in a sentence....

Tim Tebow will be out of the league in a few years.

There you go.

Since: Mar 12, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2011 7:54 am

Orton running away with Broncos QB competition

I guess you missed his 40 yd td RUN against the Raiders. Buy the book man, you know you have a man crush on Tebow.

Since: Jul 26, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2011 2:48 am

Orton running away with Broncos QB competition

It's very simple start Orton let the "great" Timothy Richard sit and hold a clip board, I hate that McDaniels drafted Tebow, geez Bronco fan stop crying about this guy already

Since: Jul 26, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2011 2:44 am

Orton running away with Broncos QB competition

I'm Bronco fan and I'm telling you to shut up. Who cares about the media hype about the "great" Timothy Richard Tebow, I want the best QB at the helm and that's Orton at this point

Since: Feb 25, 2009
Posted on: August 3, 2011 12:52 am

Orton running away with Broncos QB competition

Careful what you wish for because under Tebow they will struggle? I'm assuming you watched them play last year? They struggled with Orton, especially in the red zone. They'll struggle with Orton more this year because Fox loves the run game. With Tebow behind center, you have a qb who can actually run the ball.......and he can pass too. Orton is a loser, always has been, and always will be. That's why NOBODY wants him. He's living in a dream world if he thinks he can command more money as a free agent than the Dolphins were willing to pay him had a trade transpired. Can you say "out of the league" in a couple years??
More stupidity from the Orton-hater camp. They struggled with Orton because Orton was the only good part of their game. Defense sucked, running game sucked, o-line sucked, special teams so-so... what did you expect? Aaron Rodgers proved that you can be a great QB on a crap team. He put up huge numbers in the Packers' 6-10 year. But then Green Bay got it together, and...

"They'll struggle with Orton more because Fox loves the run game"?? Uh, a run game only helps the QB, moron. Especially in the red zone. Do you know nothing about football? Never mind; rhetorical question; of course you know nothing about football. You're still one of the idiots who can't put together the stats, the tape, the analysis, and the coach's reviews and come up with the obvious conclusion.

"...and he can pass, too."?? And you base this on...? Obviously, you didn't watch them play last year. What did Tebow do, besides vulture TDs from Orton after the Broncos drove to the 2? When he had to do it himself, he threw for 2 or 3 TDs and 3 INTs. It should have been 4 INTs, but one of his wing-it-and-pray, medium-sized hail-marys fell through the hands of 3 defenders and landed on a Bronco. Tebow may be good someday, but that day is not today.

Oh, and as a Broncos fan, you'd better pray that Tebow doesn't try to run like he did in college - whenever he starts. He'll last 5 games or 1 James Harrison, whichever comes first. Those aren't never-to-be-in-the-NFL, college players out there; if he tries to pull his running game over on NFL defenses, he'll be on IR inside of 2 months.

Since: Jan 23, 2011
Posted on: August 2, 2011 8:47 pm

Orton running away with Broncos QB competition

I think tebow and orton should just fist fight it out for the starting position.

Since: Sep 16, 2008
Posted on: August 2, 2011 7:34 pm

Orton running away with Broncos MONEY.

Orton's salary is about 9 million this year.  That's a lot to pay for a guy who can't generate as much fan interest as his backup.  I'm not saying that Tebow is better than Orton, I'm just saying that paying Orton to generate less interest in the franchise doesn't make sense. 
If Orton was the ingredient in a playoff run, I'd say keep him.  But Denver went 4-12 last year.  It's time to part with Orton and cash in on Tebow.  If Tebow proves to be NFL caliber, halelujah.  But if he doesn't, at least you have the money. 

The Broncos are rebuilding.  Getting Tebow game reps so the world can see.  They should be working to move Orton hard. 

This creates a problem for Fox.  If he goes with Tebow and loses, it's not his fault.  The blame is still McDaniels.  If he goes with Orton and loses, he now has to bet on McDaniel's horse as an unknown quantity. 

It makes absolutely no sense not to bet on Tebow right now.  4-12 is worst case, and at least then you know what work has to be done. 

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