Anyone that has read any of my articles in the last few months can tell you that I have stood by Kyle Orton through this miserable Josh McDaniels era. After yesterdays performance, I will stand by him no more.
Throughout the duration of this season, Kyle Orton has been the least of the Denver Broncos worries as he lead the league in passing for the first 75% of games. After back to back horrible performances, there are many reasons not to continue starting him.
First and foremost, we are killing his trade value. Surely, when we bring him to market this off-season, opposing teams will likely remember his terrible performances rather than all of his 300+ yard games and great touchdown-to-interception ratio.
Every throw Orton makes (or doesn't make) is netting less and less in financial return. Sit the guy down, and lets preserve what value we still have in him.
Next, and more obviously, it is time to start Tim Tebow. If there was ever a time to do it, it would be right now. For starters, we can see what we've got leading up to the draft and whether we are going to need to use our first rounder on another quarterback, or if Tebow is going to be our guy.
If there was ever a perfect time to sit Orton down, it's right now. I can understand not benching him when he is throwing the ball for 300+ yards a game, but those days are well behind us, especially considering McD isn't here to call the plays anymore. Benching Orton has never been as justified as it is right now.
Secondly, I can't imagine a better storyline than Tim Tebow's first start coming in the "Black Hole" and beating the Raiders to reconcile that lopsided beating we took at our house. This act alone would surely heal many of the wounds the Mile High Maniacs have endured this season and, at the very least, give them a reason to continue to watch.