The most popular quarterback in Broncos camp may be Tim Tebow, but the QB battle is going to come down to Kyle Orton and Brady Quinn.
Orton, acquired from the Chicago Bears for Jay Cutler, had a strong 2009 campaign for Denver. He threw for 3,802 yards and completed 62.1 percent of his passes. He also threw for 21 touchdowns.
Quinn fell out of favor in Cleveland and opted for a fresh start with the Broncos, signing with Denver in the offseason. He went 2-7 as a starter for the Browns in 2009 and never seemed to mesh well with head coach Romeo Crennel. But Quinn was highly regarded coming out of college and might just need to find the right system to succeed.
Denver may just be the place for him. Why? The Broncos coach is Josh McDaniels, the former offensive coordinator for the New England Patriots. Before McDaniels, the Patriots offensive coordinator was Charlie Weiss, who coached Quinn at Notre Dame. (Ironically enough, Crennel was a defensive coordinator in New England. No wonder he and Quinn didn't get along).
Assuming McDaniels uses a similar offensive system to Weiss, Quinn has a chance to be a good quarterback. He was, after all, one of the top QB's in the nation during his time at Notre Dame, winning the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award in 2006.
Orton played extremely well in the Broncos first preseason game, completing eight of 13 passes for 84 yards and two touchdowns. Quinn, meanwhile, was a pedestrian six of 16 with an interception.
Orton should be the opening day starter. But don't be too surprised to see Brady Quinn pull a Tom Brady if Orton should get injured.