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On Kyle Orton…

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There’s a controversy in Denver right now, you might even call it Josh McDaniels final little gift. There are two quarterbacks in Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow and this is a one QB town, so what needs to be done? The options are limited, the Broncos can trade Orton for what they believe he is worth, the Broncos can trade Orton for less than he is valued, the Broncos can bench Orton and still pay him his $8.8 million salary for the season, or the Broncos can outright release him. Either way, something must be done to solve the problem. But why, why can’t Denver keep both quarterbacks? Let’s take a look at the situation…

Last season was full of problems for the Broncos on the defensive side of the ball, and the offensive side of the ball, and off the field, and in pretty much every imaginable way. Orton led the Broncos to a 3-10 record before being benched for the rookie, Tim Tebow, who finished out the season 1-2. On top of that, Head Coach Josh McDaniels was fired after the terribly named Spygate 2 emerged in the news. While the record wasn’t exactly shining, the 1-2 finish under Tebow managed to energize and help further divide the fan-base between the two quarterbacks.

Fast forward to the post-lockout NFL and Denver has a new head coach, a new draft class, and the same old quarterback question that plagued the team just a few months before. The only difference is that new head coach, John Fox, has no ties to either quarterback as evidenced by the team engaging in trade discussions for Orton. So now we find the Broncos in the midst of a quarterback competition between Kyle Orton, Tim Tebow and Brady Quinn (Yes, I did include Quinn in there even though everyone knows he has no shot at winning this thing).

So why is this a problem? Well, for starters, it is a hindrance to the team to prepare for the season with the question of the starting quarterback still unanswered. If Tebow is the guy, then he needs all the work he can get, and if Orton is the guy, then his standing needs to be shown and solidified before the season starts. Second, if Orton is going to be the starter, then a decision needs to be made on Tebow. As long as he is on the roster and unproven, then there will be a large portion of the fan-base desiring to see him given a chance.

Everyone has an opinion on this, and as proof of that I will go ahead and give mine right now. Get rid of Kyle Orton. He is not the quarterback of the future for the Broncos, and honestly, we don’t know whether Tebow is, either. Get what we can for Kyle Orton now, through trade, and see what we have with Tim Tebow. Denver is not expected to do much this season, so there is nothing to lose and the potential to gain. If Tebow has “it” then we know we have a quarterback, if not, odds are that we will have a high enough draft pick to get Andrew Luck.

It’s going to be an interesting few weeks of training camp in Denver, I can’t wait to see how it plays out.


Written by emeraldarcher

July 28, 2011 at 11:08 pm

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