Everybody’s heard by now that both coach John Fox and the living legend John Elway have announced that Kyle Orton will be the starter for the Broncos in 2011.
The Denver fans are split upon the coach’s decision, but the consensus is that the majority of the fans would like to see Tim Tebow lead the Broncos this upcoming season.
They just might get their Christmas presents early.
One can easily find arguments for starting both quarterbacks. Some would claim that Kyle Orton had somewhat of a breakout season last year. Throwing 20 touchdowns to nine interceptions and totaling 3,653 yards in 13 games last season are good numbers.
However, his completion percentage was just below 59 and a lot of the reason for the many yards he accumulated was due to the Broncos falling behind often and needing to throw.
Tim Tebow, on the other hand, has thus far done everything to prove that he can actually be successful at this level. As opposed to Orton, Tebow is a threat running the ball. Out of the 11 touchdowns he racked up, six came rushing the ball.
He threw three interceptions and fumbled once—the fumble was not lost. That gives us a touchdown/turnover differential of 11-3 versus Orton’s 20-12.
Not bad for a rookie who only started three games last season.
As mentioned earlier, many of the yards Kyle Orton racked up in 2010 were because the Broncos were forced to throw the ball. Denver did not have a dominant playmaker on the defensive side of the ball after Elvis Dumervil went down with an injury
This is where Tim Tebow becomes the starter in 2011. As of right now, Kyle Orton might be the better answer at the quarterback position. However, the Broncos have far too many holes on defense to have any chance at making a Super Bowl run.
The many holes on the roster force Denver to go into rebuilding mode. Sometimes you have to give something in order to be given something else. Kyle Orton’s trade value has risen since the 2009 season—and with so many teams looking for a new quarterback, the Broncos are bound to get a second-round draft pick or a steady veteran for him.
John Fox has been known to be a conservative head coach. This is one of the reasons why some people believe that Orton will stay in Denver. On the other side, it is common knowledge that the NFL is a copycat league, and there is no way Coach Fox has not noticed the effect dual-threat quarterbacks have on their team's running game.
Chris Johnson is one of the players who has benefited from having a dual-threat quarterback. The phenomenon commonly known as the "VY (Vince Young) effect" forces the defense to focus on several running threats, hence the player that actually runs the ball will garner less attention from the defense.
Fox, who is known for establishing a sound running game, will surely look into the value of this. To make matters easier for him, he’ll just have to look at the 2010 version of the Eagles. Philadelphia’s running game averaged 5.4 yards per carry last season and a lot of it is likely to be due to the "VY effect."
Make no mistake: Tim Tebow will no longer be the glorified backup in Denver; he's bound to be the starter.