John Fox, the Denver Broncos' new head coach will have a tough decision to make heading into 2011.
There have been reports Fox has already named Kyle Orton the starting quarterback, but it is likely a tactic to keep Orton happy during the offseason. Naming Orton the starter would also raise his value if the Broncos decided to trade the former Purdue signal-caller.
While Orton has been effective as a starter over the past few seasons, Broncos' fans are ready for Tim Tebow to take over as their QB.
Tebow had some success in 2010, throwing for five touchdowns with only three interceptions. However, the organization still considers him a raw talent. It will be interesting to see how things play out over the coming months.
There are reasons to believe that Tebow will get the nod.
Prior to the 2010 draft, Fox was still the head coach of the Carolina Panthers. Carolina desperately needed help at QB and ended up taking Jimmy Clausen at the start of the second round. If the Broncos hadn't moved up to take Tebow with the No. 25 overall pick, many believe Fox would have opted for Tebow over Clausen.
Fox attended Tebow’s 2010 Pro Day at Florida. Following the workout, he was impressed with the versatile QB. "He had a very, very good workout," Fox said. "He doesn't lack in the work ethic department, so whatever needs to be done, he'll do. I definitely saw some adjustment, and I thought he executed very well."
When the Broncos decided to hire Fox as their coach, his infatuation with Tebow probably had a lot to do with it. Tebow’s intangibles and work ethic also offer many similarities to Fox’s former pet, Jake Delhomme.
If there were no lockout, Tebow’s chances to start would be a lot stronger. He’d have a chance to work and develop under Mike McCoy, the Broncos' offensive coordinator. McCoy is anxious to start working with Tebow.
McCoy called plays for Tebow following McDaniel’s departure in 2010, so chemistry already seemed to be forming. Tebow finished just 1-2 as a starter, but he showed a lot of potential.
The sooner the lockout is lifted, the more likely it is that Tebow will be the starter. Even if he doesn’t start, he’ll undoubtedly be a major part of the offense.
Tebow has the ability to come off the bench and sway the momentum of a game. He’s an explosive runner out of the backfield, especially now teams are beginning to respect him as a passer.
If the Broncos are planning on using Tebow as a starter this season, you can say goodbye to the wildcat for awhile in Denver.
If the Broncos don’t feel Tebow is ready, Orton will be the guy. However, he’s gained a reputation as a “first-half” QB because his performance tends to trail off toward the end of each season. The most likely scenario will be Orton starting the season until he once again reveals his low ceiling.
Then, expect Tebow to take over from there on out.