Did Pat Bowlen elbow Orton in the ribs?
Nobody will come out and say it, and the Broncos problems certainly aren't Orton's fault, although he wasn't good last week, but it's a good thing to see if Tebow has the tools to be an NFL starter. If I were Bowlen, I would want this.
Find out what Tebow's all about. We've seen him in the preseason, but that's against primitive, simple defenses. We've seen him in the gimmick roles on the goal line, but that's not really playing quarterback.
It's time to see if Tebow can play NFL quarterback. He was great in college at what he was asked to do, but he can't play that style in the NFL. It has to evolve. The game's different. Can he do it?
Denver is playing for nothing. So it's a good thing if Tebow starts against the Raiders. At least they can start getting an idea if he can play or whether he's just the latest in a string of bad personnel moves for departed coach Josh McDaniels.