With No Trade, Kyle Orton Could Be a Great Mentor for Tim Tebow
Let's assume for just a minute that Kyle Orton is not traded. Of course, that doesn't necessarily mean that he will stay in Denver. The Broncos are looking to trim salary and cutting Orton and his 8.8 million dollar salary for next year would be an easy way to do it.
Let's make another assumption and say that the Broncos find cap relief elsewhere and decide that keeping Orton is the best decision for the franchise.
I say all that to say that you couldn't pick a better mentor for Tim Tebow than Kyle Orton.
Tebow is a rare breed of quarterback. He is built like an ox, standing 6'3" and weighing in at 245 pounds. While he isn't the football version of Usain Bolt, his rushing numbers in college prove that he can run it as well as he can pass it. In his four seasons for the Florida Gators, Tebow rushed for 2,947 yards and 57 touchdowns.
For all the talk coming out of college that he didn't have the arm strength to be successful in the NFL, Tebow has proven in his small sample size that he can make just about all the throws he has to make.
Those are gifts that Kyle Orton hasn't been blessed with. He has gotten away with below average arm strength and below average athleticism.
Orton succeeds with leadership, a steady hand and a knack for making the smart play rather than shooting for the heroic play all the time.
Those are the things that Orton could pass off to Tebow. While he seems coachable and willing to learn, there will certainly be a learning curve for Tebow in the NFL. He isn't going to be able to get by on athleticism and physicality anymore. While he has talents unique to an NFL quarterback, they aren't never-before-seen talents like they were in college.
The natural gifts of a Tim Tebow combined with the polish and know-how of a Kyle Orton would make for a great quarterback. One that I'm sure the Broncos would love to have around if they are forced to hang on to the embattled Kyle Orton.
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