Denver's Good, Bad, and Rookie: Kyle Orton, Brady Quinn, and Tim Tebow

Kevin RobertsSenior Writer IAugust 16, 2010

Tebow didn't look like a rookie in his pre-season debut.
Tebow didn't look like a rookie in his pre-season debut.Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Kyle Orton did exactly what he was supposed to do. Brady Quinn did just about what we all expected him to. And Tebow" href="" target="_blank">Tim Tebow did what he had to do, in order to keep the skeptics off his back.

Well, at least for another week.

Tebow looked solid, albeit against scrubs in the second half of Denver's first preseason game on Sunday night. Regardless, Tebow completed 8-of-13 passes for 105 yards, while rushing for 10 yards and a score on two carries.

Tebow didn't struggle with decision making, accuracy, or reading the defense, which are all signs that he's slowly getting this whole "NFL thing." The same can't be said about Brady Quinn, who looked just about as prepared and consistent as he ever did in Cleveland.

I'm taking away from these performances about as much as I can. First, I don't think there is any question that Kyle Orton is the starting quarterback in Denver, and there's nothing to suggest that will change without horrible play by him or a drastic injury.

Secondly, Quinn could be fighting to simply stay on the Broncos' roster within the next couple of weeks, and thirdly, Tim Tebow may not have quite as much to prove to us all as some of us thought (or hoped).

Why I Love Kyle Orton:

Well, I don't love him, but I certainly don't hate him. Orton looked just fine without Brandon Marshall, and yes, we know it's preseason, but come on. Give the guy some love.

Either way, Orton knows the system and makes it work. He doesn't make stupid mistakes (that often), and he's the type of game manager who could someday make Trent Dilfer proud. Denver won't be going to the Super Bowl on Orton's shoulders (cross your fingers, Chargers fans), but we could see another solid fantasy season out of the clear overachiever.

Why I Hate Brady Quinn:

It pains me to say that, but then again, not at all. Quinn definitely has the talent and pedigree to prove all his doubters wrong, but I just don't see it happening anymore, not when he puts up performances like this.

Whatever it is that's going on in his head that makes him throw the ball so poorly, well, it needs to stop. And, for the most obvious statement in accordance to a quarterback in the NFL, the award goes to...THIS guy.

But really, Quinn is inaccurate, erratic, and indecisive. And for his exact opposite...

Why I Want to Love Tim Tebow:

I defended him as an NFL project/talent, and I'm glad to see that I'm almost right. Tebow was accurate, decisive, and consistent. He even had a beautiful deep throw go out of an unreliable receiver's hands. But then again, this is the NFL, and that's simply what happens.

But Tebow showed control and an ability to read the defense, despite the fact that he was facing a terrible, terrible defense of scrubs. Regardless, he was impressive. Even his biggest critics have to admit he did more good than harm in his preseason debut.

I like Tebow to pass up Quinn, in one way or another, and be the second quarterback for Denver when the season starts.

After all, it just makes sense to have him holding a clipboard as the top backup when he's not running special packages, doesn't it?

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