Denver Broncos: Is Brady Quinn the Broncos' 2nd-Best QB Option Over Tim Tebow?

Aaron YoungCorrespondent IIIAugust 12, 2011

ENGLEWOOD, CO - JULY 28:  (L-R) Quarterbacks Tim Tebow #15, Kyle Orton #8, Adam Weber #2 and Brady Quinn #9 of the Denver Broncos take part in training camp at the Paul D. Bowlen Memorial Broncos Centre at Dove Valley on July 28, 2011 in Englewood, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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When the Denver Broncos recently announced its current depth chart, what has been evident in training camp became official. Kyle Orton will be Denver’s starting quarterback in 2011.

The seventh-year veteran took almost all the snaps with the first team during the camp, so the quarterback battle that was supposed to go down between Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow did not materialize.

The quarterback battle that did materialize was between Tim Tebow and Brady Quinn. Tebow and Quinn shared reps with the second team during the training camp.

Apparently, Tebow has come out on top of that competition, but that does not mean that the battle is lost for Quinn.

Tebow’s future in Denver is in limbo.

The current regime does not have any ties to the second year player, and by deciding to go with Kyle Orton—who was mediocre at best in 2011—the organization is basically stating that Tebow is expendable.

Although Tebow did not win the quarterback “competition,” he certainly has won the popularity contest.

Both John Fox and John Elway know this. The Denver fanbase has been screaming for Tebow to get a fair shot at the starting job throughout training camp, and if Orton does not deliver in 2011, the screams will only get louder.

It’s safe to say that if Orton does not deliver this upcoming season and Tebow stays in Denver, the two quarterbacks are set to take center stage in an inescapable quarterback controversy.

There have been some great quarterback controversies over the years. Most people remember the great battle between Joe Montana and Steve Young, and just as many people remember how things ended when the Packers decided to go with Aaron Rogers instead of Brett Favre.

The situation in Green Bay is in fact very interesting. It helps Rogers’ case that the Packers just won the Super Bowl, but the fanbase greatly disagreed with the organization’s decision when it first took place.

That’s the sort of thing that could happen in Denver too. The Denver organization would certainly not benefit from having a fanbase that’s split down the middle on a huge decision like who will be the starting quarterback.

One solution would be to trade Tebow.

There is nothing that indicates that Quinn is not suitable to at least be the main backup quarterback in Denver.

If the Broncos are going to start Orton, it might help the atmosphere if Orton was the undisputed starter.

So the question is as followed: Should Brady Quinn be the second string quarterback for the Denver Broncos?