Broncos QB Controversy: When It Comes to Tebow or Orton, It's a Simple Answer

Zach MentzContributor IIIAugust 7, 2011

Tebow (left) and Orton (right) are both currently competing for the starting quarterback job in Denver
Tebow (left) and Orton (right) are both currently competing for the starting quarterback job in DenverDoug Pensinger/Getty Images

If you've been living under a rock for the past few weeks, let me take the time now to inform you: football is back. Yes, that's right...the NFL is finally back from its lengthy lockout.

If you already have heard that news, though, then you also have heard the news about the quarterback controversy taking place at the Denver Broncos training camp.

Former Carolina Panthers coach and new Broncos coach John Fox has quite the dilemma on his hands when it comes to who he will name as his starting quarterback for Week 1 of the regular season...or so it seems. Maybe it's not a dilemma at all. Maybe for John Fox, he knows exactly who his quarterback is.

The football world is completely divided when it comes to the question of who should start at quarterback for the Broncos: Kyle Orton or Tim Tebow? Even further, the football world is also completely divided when it comes to the topic of Tim Tebow. When it comes to Tebow, you either love him or you can't stand him. It's that simple.

Personally? I love Tebow.

Is Tebow a hard worker? No doubt. Is Tebow a leader? Absolutely. Is Tebow a talented football quarterback? Definitely. But is Tim Tebow worthy of being the starting quarterback in Denver right now? Not at all.

While I'll admit that I'm a big fan of Tim Tebow's, I'll also admit that Tebow is not ready to be a starting quarterback in the NFL right now. There. I said it. Kyle Orton is the better quarterback right now, and because of that, he deserves to be the starter. It's as simple as that.

Take a step back and analyze this situation from a distance. Why is there such a strong push from some fans and the media (well, mostly the media) for Tebow to be the starting quarterback in Denver?

Yes, we realize that former Broncos coach (and John Carroll University product - my school) Josh McDaniels went above and beyond to be able to draft Tebow in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft, much higher than where he was projected to be picked. Here's my question though.

Before Tebow was even drafted, it was common knowledge that Tebow would be a project for any NFL team to undertake, and it was acknowledged that Tebow would need time before he could correct some of his physical flaws to be able to play quarterback in the NFL.

So if everyone knew that Tebow would be a project, why is there seemingly a sudden rush for Tebow to start in Denver? Tebow has been an NFL player for roughly 16 months now and people expect Tebow to be ready to start in the NFL when the truth is that he simply isn't ready. Not right now, at least.

Taking into consideration the work ethic that Tim Tebow has, I don't think it's insanity to believe that Tebow will one day be a successful NFL quarterback.

After all, letting a quarterback sit on the bench, study the playbook and learn the system isn't the worst thing that could happen.

For example, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers sat on the bench his first three years in the NFL. Now he's a newly crowned Super Bowl champion who has just about made everyone in Green Bay forget who Brett Favre is.

If you rewind the clock back to the 2010 NFL Draft, no one would have expected Tebow to be ready to be a starter in only his second year in the NFL. So why have our expectations change all of the sudden?

Sure, Tebow played fairly well in his three starts at the end of the 2010 season, but there are still plenty of things for Tebow to correct in his game.

After all, Tebow only started towards the last three games of last season because the Broncos were more than out of the playoff picture, and Denver wanted to see what their first-round draft pick was capable of doing.

Now Tebow has a new head coach now who has no allegiance to Tebow. John Fox has one goal: win football games.

Kyle Orton clearly is the more talented and more ready quarterback to take snaps for the Broncos when the season starts, and if he gives Denver the best chance to win, why shouldn't he start? Exactly. There is no reason.

For now though, let's try to do one thing as football fans and not rush the ongoing project that is Tim Tebow. The former Florida quarterback has the talent to start in the NFL, and luckily he also has one other thing that he'll need: time to develop.