As a devoted Broncos fan for almost 20 years now, I don't know how many articles I have read concerning the debate over whether Kyle Orton or Tim Tebow should be the starting quarterback of the Denver Broncos.
On the one hand, there are a lot of people who are looking for the next Elway, who can singlehandedly "carry the team" so to speak. As a result, a lot of Broncos fans look at the heroics of Tebow in the Texans game and they see someone with that type of potential.
On the other hand, Tebow had a tendency to "force" the ball a couple of times and is very raw. Orton is the more experienced quarterback; he could make the reads better and is more proven as an NFL QB.
The debate among Broncos fans over whether Tebow or Orton should be the Broncos' QB is seemingly without end. At the end of the day, though, does it really matter who is the quarterback of the Denver Broncos? Although I am a huge Tebow fan, I believe the ultimate answer is no, it doesn't matter. Here are several reasons why:
1. John Fox and his track record
Coach Fox has proven that he can win with very vanilla quarterbacks. He was able to make it to the Super Bowl with the Panthers with Jake Delhomme at the helm. Because Fox is a very defensive-minded coach, it doesn't really matter whether the starting QB is Orton, Tebow or a free agent pickup. What matters—and what Coach Fox is going to try to ensure—is that the Broncos starting QB is well-protected.
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2. The team's defensive needs
The Broncos desperately need some defensive help because they only posted a league-low 23 sacks last year. They also gave up 150 rushing yards a game as well. Until the Broncos get their defense in a better shape, in all honesty it doesn't matter who starts for the Broncos at QB.
If the Broncos can get a better defense, it would be beneficial to both Orton or Tebow because with more open receivers, Tebow will be able to hone his passing skills and with better protection Orton will be able to stay in the pocket longer.
3. Defense still does, at times, "win championships"
When you look at the past 10 years of Super Bowl victories, I myself can think of three occasions where the team pulled it off with a less-than-stellar QB at the helm. In the Ravens 34-7 victory over the Giants, it was defense. In the Buccaneers 48-21 victory over the Raiders, it was defense. And in the Giants 17-14 squeaker over the Pats, it was defense.
The fact of the matter is, if Fox is going to be successful at helping to rebuild this Broncos team, he will more than likely do it with defense and this will be beneficial to whomever is at quarterback for the Broncos.
As far as the QB situation in Denver, Tebow could very well be, if given enough time, the next franchise QB for the team. However, if he is not well-protected, he will have a difficult time staying healthy and will never realize his full potential. If it turns out that Elway and Fox feel that Tebow is not the answer for the Broncos, it's really not the end of the world as some would have us believe.
If the Broncos can manage to get a few stud defensive players over the next few years, they could do well enough to win a Super Bowl with anyone, even Orton, at the helm.