We've heard what LeBron has to say, we've heard what Merrill Hoge has to say, we've heard what the fans have to say, we've heard what the media have to say and we've heard what both quarterbacks have to say. The bottom line is- John Fox doesn't care about the talk. He cares about what he sees on the field.
According to ESPN, Kyle Orton is going to be the starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos. Strange, right? The guy is on the trading block one week and reportedly named the starter a couple weeks later. This just goes to show that winning trumps everything. Fox feels like he has a better chance to win games with Orton, and he should.
Sure, Tebow came in for the last few games in 2010 and made a fairly good impression. That fairly good impression, however, was made against the defenses of the Raiders, Texans and Chargers; his biggest test, by far, being the Chargers defense. Tebow did put up some attractive numbers in those games, even against the Chargers, but they went 1-2 in the three games he started. They beat Houston by one point in the win.
Tebow gets the fans riled up, he works hard and he's a great human being, but he hasn't proven himself yet. People will say he hasn't really had the chance to prove himself, but why risk it? Orton has proved, for the most part, that he can win football games, and that's all that matters. Orton has much more experience, not only in the NFL but with the Broncos, and just looks like a better quarterback. He has a chip on his shoulder, mainly caused just by hype. He's worked hard in training camp so far and has proven to the coaches that he's the better quarterback.
Who should start: Orton or Tebow?
That being said, I'm still a Tebow fan, I root for the guy, but I root for the Broncos too and Orton gives them a better chance to win. Orton will have the chance to prove himself and if the Broncos keep losing then Tebow deserves a shot. But, for now, the only bench Orton will be riding should be your fantasy team's.
Furthermore, lest we forget, it's not ALL about the quarterbacks. There are two sides of the ball, and the Broncos were cellar dwellers on defense throughout the 2010 campaign. They've made some off-season moves that should be beneficial and still have Champ Bailey, but it's not going to be turned around overnight.
Fans can debate all they want, but from the quarterback controversy to the still suspect defenses and new personnel, this season could be longer than the last one for us Broncos fans.