Denver Broncos

Dear John Fox: Don't Be Stupid, Kyle Orton Should Be Denver Broncos' Starting QB

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 12:  Quarterback Kyle Orton #8 of the Denver Broncos runs out onto the field before the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on December 12, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Carlos SandovalAnalyst IIIMarch 20, 2011

This topic has pretty much been over-discussed, over-commented and—quite frankly—over-read in the NFL blogosphere since late December. I would know: I'm part of the NFL blogosphere.

Yet, at Bleacher Report, where content is, um, not very deep, it hasn't been analyzed in the manner it should have: Every friggin' article has to do with Tim Tebow being a glorified backup, or the best thing ever. Take your pick.

Yet, not one "writer" on here has given real reasons why Kyle Orton should be the Denver Broncos' starter. (Though, you can find plenty of shallow reasons as to why Tim Tebow should be the starter. "He's a winner!")

For those who don't watch the game religiously, the reason is easy—Kyle Orton had a breakout year in 2010, with sub-par talent on the offensive side of the ball, including an offensive line that let up the ninth-most sacks in the league while Orton was at the helm.

It wasn't only the offensive deficiencies, though, as bad as they were. Not only did the Denver Broncos rank a putrid 26th in the NFL in rushing yards accumulated, but they also had a defense that garnered giggles from teenage girls every Sunday—both rushing and passing defenses ranked horribly low, with the latter hitting dead last.

Oh yeah, and did I forget to mention that this was the Broncos' first year post the Brandon Marshall trade?

Yikes. And the Broncos still managed to rank seventh in the league in passing yards.

Yet, we hear cries from NFL fans pleading with the Broncos to stick Tim Tebow at the starting spot. (Note: We suspect them to be Justin Bieber fans, but ethnographic research has not concluded, just yet.)

And, really, it's not so much a matter of deciding if Tebow is suitable for the job; rather, it should be an argument concerning Kyle Orton's deficiencies that could keep him from producing. Though Orton proved to have a pretty big arm and awesome stamina as he threw close to 40 times in one game, regularly, he still has some problems with vision, but mainly motivation.

Although, the Broncos were one of the crappiest teams late in the season, so it only makes sense that Orton just gave up after figuring out his team had no chance in hell to win the AFC West, as weak as it was.

As for Tebow? He just finished his rookie year. He's shown flashes of brilliance, but that's not telling at all of his success in this league.

As much as you kids want to see this kid play, it's in the best interests of the Broncos to keep Orton at the helm, while building the team. If the Broncos get rid of Orton in favor of Tebow, they will have given up a quarterback who had a hell of a run in 2010, so he can have another hell of a run elsewhere, with much more talent surrounding him. (Think the Miami Dolphins.)

So remember this, Bleacher Report community: Although there are a ton of Tebow fanatics who put Kobe Bryant/LeBron James fans to shame, it's not anti-Tebow to pick Orton as the Broncos starter. It's just smarter.

(You can read more from me and listen to our weekly NFL podcast at The Pigeon Toe: An NFL blog.)

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