Denver Broncos QB Kyle Orton: Did Josh McDaniels Sabotage the Forgotten Hero?

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Denver Broncos QB Kyle Orton: Did Josh McDaniels Sabotage the Forgotten Hero?
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In filling the final spots on the coaching staff, it is safe to say the John Fox regime as head coach of the Denver Broncos is officially underway. 

As Fox, John Elway and Brian Xanders begin to develop a strategy for this year's draft, much of the attention now is focused on scouting and attempting to recruit potential free agents.

As we take a closer look at the Broncos, one cannot help but notice the amount of speculation that has surrounded one particular quarterback. What does the future hold for our forgotten hero?

What happened to Kyle Orton?

(Readers probably thought I was going to go back there, but this might be to everyone's surprise: there are 52 other Broncos on the roster other than the rookie QB we drafted last April). 

For those who are new to the franchise, Orton is the once beloved leader of the Denver Broncos. Sadly, he has been swiftly swept under the rug—like leaves off of a porch in autumn—to be forgotten forever.

Yes, it is clear that Orton had his 15 minutes in Denver, and now, there is an enormous contingent who would like it if he politely went away.

So how did Orton go from potential Marino record breaker, Pro Bowler and fan favorite to the newest name added to the list of "undesirables and forgettables"? 

Is it possible that Orton, much like the Denver Broncos franchise, was sabotaged by the newest member of the Rams coaching staff? 

Let us examine a little further to see if Orton is merely the unluckiest guy in football, the poster child for 20/20 hindsight or another victim of the human wrecking ball.

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