The Denver Broncos' Quarterback Carousel
Kyle Orton, Brady Quinn, and Tim Tebow.
Those are the amazing choices that the Denver Broncos have at quarterback.
Just in case you didn’t catch on, I was being sarcastic.
There is so much controversy over which quarterback should or will get the starting quarterback job in Denver.
The problem I have is that it won’t matter who gets the start.
Is there really any difference between Quinn and Orton? Sure, Quinn is more mobile and Orton may have a bit better accuracy, but in the end, I don’t see either one leading this team to the playoffs; let alone the Super Bowl.
Last year, Orton played in every game for Denver (he missed one start, but ended up playing anyway). He started off as what the media described as “hot.”
He threw only one interception in the first seven games of the season (a Hail Mary to Randy Moss), and made few mistakes. He never made any splash plays either.
In week one, Orton threw what should have been an incompletion. Instead, the ball bounced off of the defender and landed in Brandon Stokley’s hands like a David Blaine magic trick. That trick hit highlight reels everywhere as the Broncos luckily defeated the Cincinnati Bengals. By the way, that game-winning touchdown catch was the only touchdown Orton threw in the game.
The next two weeks, Orton played the Cleveland Browns and Oakland Raiders. Both teams ended up with a top 10 draft pick, which tells you they aren't good. You would imagine Orton would tear these teams apart.
In both games, Orton threw only one touchdown pass. Tom Brady would have thrown three in the first half against both teams without breaking a sweat.
After the 6-0 start, we all know the story. Orton and the Broncos both struggled and ended the season going 2-8. Ouch.
During the 2010 offseason, the Denver Broncos signed former Browns quarterback and Notre Dame star Brady Quinn.
Quinn’s story is far from uplifting. Throughout his NFL career, Quinn has struggled majorly. He has a career stat line of 10 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
He started nine times in the 2009 season, and was sacked close to two times per game.
He had an atrocious quarterback rating of 67.2.
Then the 2010 NFL Draft came along, where the Broncos shocked everyone and drafted Florida legend Tim Tebow.
I admit that I'm a huge Tebow fan, but he still needs to work to become an NFL quarterback. Thankfully, he is willing to put in the work, unlike former first overall draft choice JaMarcus Russell, who was released by the Oakland Raiders a few weeks ago. Tebow could be the answer for the future, but not for this year.
It’s too early to say for certain, but this is how I see Denver’s season playing out. Orton will win the starter's job for week one and then he will struggle midway through the season. Quinn will come in and start the rest of the season. Tebow will be sprinkled in certain packages all year long but never starts. This will result in the Broncos missing the playoffs and again leaving questions surrounding their quarterback situation.
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