Kyle Orton Can Win for Denver Broncos Now, Help Tim Tebow Win Later

Seth MeltonCorrespondent ISeptember 4, 2010

DENVER - AUGUST 29:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos lines up over center J.D. Walton #50 and prepares to take the snap against the Pittsburgh Steelers during preseason NFL action at INVESCO Field at Mile High on August 29, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Steelers 34-17.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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I have read countless articles and comments of people wanting Tebow to start now. Well, I'm a Denver Broncos fan not just a Tim Tebow fan. Tebow had a few realistic goals coming into this season—most of them he has been able to achieve—but an NFL starter he is not.

Tebow can make the deep throw, Tebow will risk making this throw where Orton won't, and Tebow can run if the play breaks down. We know what Tebow can do; it's what he can't do yet that doesn't allow him to start.

Reasons Tebow shouldn't start:

First of all, Orton has earned it. He came in to a new offense and managed to throw for 3,800 yards, 20 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions last season. Most likely, if he wasn't hurt, Denver would have been in the playoffs last year, and we wouldn't even be talking about this.

Orton can win for us now. We were supposed to be terrible last year, four wins at the most. We beat Cincinnati, New England, Dallas, and San Diego. Four of the teams we beat were playoff teams.

No way, as a Broncos' fan, am I willing to let a chance at the playoffs go to rush Tebow into starting at a position he isn't ready for.

He still is not used to the speed of the NFL. He still misreads the closing speed of corners. This obviously is expected with rookie quarterbacks, but it's possible to avoid this part of the NFL quarterback equation.

Aaron Rodgers, Tony Romo, and Carson Palmer all sat out for a year or more. I'm not saying Tebow is the next Aaron Rodgers, but he has a damn good chance. It only took Rodgers three years to be a top-five quarterback.


I have seen Tebow have trouble with handling the snap on several occasions. This isn't something I want to worry about when watching the game. Every time he lines up under center, I don't need to be holding my breath for a fumble. This is just one more thing that can be fixed with a little time.

Tebow is versatile and can help us win as the second quarterback (based on what I have seen from Quinn, I'd rather just put Tebow as the second quarterback and use Quinn's spot for someone else).

Tebow still gives us options. The Wildcat offense has come a long way in a short period of time in the NFL. With what I have seen from Tebow in preseason, I feel comfortable bringing him in for these special packages. Granted, it may not give him the situational experience he needs, but it does give him some real NFL game experience. I believe he will be able to help us in the red zone, an area where we struggled last year.

McDaniels is known for his work with quarterbacks; this has been said time and time again. Tebow sitting anywhere from a year to two years behind Orton and learning is perfect.

Orton has made giant leaps in his understanding of the offense McDaniels is trying to run. Tebow's work ethic is comparable to few, so imagine the leaps he can make in a year or two of just studying this system. His high level of preparation will do wonders for his NFL career when he finally gets the starting job.

I feel Tebow can cut down on so many of the simple mistakes he is making right now to become a solid quarterback. He has showed accuracy and poise after mistakes. He has shown the NFL game isn't to big for him, and he will prove he belongs. We have a young offensive core that Tebow can build chemistry with.

Sometimes, the hardest thing is having patience with young talent, but I believe the pay-off will be huge if the Broncos wait to use Tebow at the right time.