There has been so much debate on the QB situation i Denver and contrary to many others - or so it seems - I think McDaniels actions makes totally sense.
After the 2009 season McDaniels had two QBs he could count on: Orton and Brandstater. Even though Orton had a good season, he knew that Orton wasn't the franchise QB he was looking for and by the end of the 2010 season Ortons contract would run out. Brandstater did an ok job as a stand in, but Denver still needed a 3rd QB - preferably the franchise QB McDaniels could build on
McDaniels would not enter the draft needing to draft a QB, at least he didn't want it to be too obvious.
Enter Brady Quinn a talented QB, with all the right tools, but in dire needs of confidence and good coaching. If McDaniels could revive his career it would just ad to his reputation, and with how cheap Denver got him there wasn't much at stake if Quinn was a bust. (Some argue that McDaniels tried to get Quinn when shipping off Cutler)
Entering the draft McDaniels was in a great position to look for the future franchise QB in Denver, he didn't have to get one, but he didn't put himself in a position where drafting one would be totally ridiculous.
Entering the Draft McDaniels had fallen in love with Tebow, and pulls off a great trade scenarios when trading up for Tebow. Tebow however might need a year or two to develop into the franchise QB that McDaniels envisions. But with Orton, Quinn and Branstater, there is no rush to get Tebow on the field.
This has left McDaniels in a perfect QB situation in Denver:
- Kyle Orton is the starter in 2010, he is coming off his best season, he has the respect of his teammates, and he will work his butt of in 2010 to secure his next contract - probably with a new team.
- Brady Quinn knows he has a chance to put his career back on track. He knows McDaniels like him and that he has a fair shot of being the starter in 2010. He knows that Tebow is the coming man but if he does well he might keep Tebow off the field for a couple of years and put himself in a position to be the starter in another team.
- Tom Brandstater needs to be patient. He has all the physical traits of the classic QB. He needs to sit tight and wait for his chance to come if Quinn or Tebow falters or gets injured. He isn't in a position where he would gain anything from getting traded.
- Tim Tebow has landed in a perfect setup. If he is ready there is no one to keep him off the field - but more importantly there is no pressure on him to perform right away. He knows he is the projected franchise QB of the future and that he will have time to grow into that role.