Denver Bronco Kyle Orton Named Starter: How Long Before Tebow Returns?

Steven ElonichCorrespondent IFebruary 25, 2011

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 12: Quarterback Kyle Orton #8 of the Denver Broncos stands on the sideline during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on December 12, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Broncos 43-13. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Recently, John Fox named Kyle Orton the opening week starter for the Denver Broncos, contrary to what many Denver fans expected. Tim Tebow was the popular choice after what was an impressive three week span to finish the 2010 season. Many fans were also looking to trade Orton while his stock was high, either for draft picks or to fill some holes. Now, with a possible quarterback controversy, how will the Orange Crush react?

Tebow played admirably during his short tenure to round out the season, compiling a 50% completion rate, a 7.98 yards per attendance, and a five to three touchdown to interception ratio. On the other hand, the veteran Orton mustered up over 3600 yards in 13 games as the Broncos starter, along with 20 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

The 28-year-old Orton out of Purdue has been in the league for six years and regressing is not high up on his list. Orton publicly said that he did not want to come back to Denver as a backup to Tebow, understandably so. No veteran wants to backup a quarterback younger than himself.

Tebow, who is only going into his second season in the NFL, is 23-years-old. He is the perfect face for the franchise, with an enormous fan base after his heroics at Florida. His intellect, personality, caring attitude, along with his tremendous skills have kept him near and dear to many football fans across the nation. He is the obvious fan choice to be the starting quarterback for the Broncos, but is he the right one?

Personally, I believe the Broncos are making the correct decision. Why throw so much trust into a quarterback who has only started three games, losing two of them? Orton did nothing wrong to prove himself unworthy of the starting position for the Broncos. If Orton begins to descend in his stats, then by all means throw Tebow in. But for now, keep the veteran in and the young quarterback right behind him. Who knows, by training camp it could all change...assuming there is a training camp this year, but that's a different story.