Brady Quinn Outperforms Tim Tebow in Broncos Preseason Opener

Erin McLaughlinSenior Analyst IIAugust 12, 2011

DENVER - AUGUST 21:  Quarterback Brady Quinn #9 of the Denver Broncos delivers a pass against the Detroit Lions during preseason NFL action at INVESCO Field at Mile High on August 21, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Lions defeated the Broncos 25-20.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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So much talk in Denver is regarding whether it will be Kyle Orton or Tim Tebow who opens the season as the starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos. Meanwhile Brady Quinn has very quietly had a good camp. Although the media seems to ignore him in this competition, Head Coach John Fox has liked what he has seen in Quinn so far.

Orton is clearly the starter at this point as he should be. He is clearly the best quarterback on the roster. Therefore the only quarterback competition in Denver is really for who will be the back up. All reports seem to indicate that Quinn has outperformed Tebow in practice consistently.

I am not one to evaluate who does what in practice because I am not there in person to see the practices. All I can see are the games and to me, that is all that matters anyway. You don't give the lead role in a play to who has the best rehearsals, but to who has the best audition. I have always looked at preseason games as auditions.

Therefore, I base my evaluation on who should win the competition solely on the games. That brings us to Thursday night at Dallas. It is hard to really evaluate Orton's performance as his numbers weren't great but he only played one series. He did move the team down the field to get 3 points.

Tebow played the rest of the first half. Truthfully, he played pretty well. He went 6 for 7 for 91 yards and led his team to two scoring drives. However, he did have an interception called back and he failed to get his team into the end zone.

Quinn then played the entire second half and was very impressive. He went 8 for 14 for 120 yards and a touchdown. The offense was able to get into the end zone twice with Quinn at quarterback.

Although Tebow was good he was once again outperformed by Quinn. To be fair, Tebow was in the game against second stringers and even some starters while Quinn was going against third stringers and guys who won't even make the team. At the same time, it is all relative since Tebow had second stringers and some regulars on his unit while Quinn had only third stringers and guys who won't make the team with him.

There is a long way to go before the season starts. I know there are those who think "who cares who the back up is?" It is an important job though because if Orton were to go down who would come in? It has to be someone they can depend on.  The fact is that although Tebow may be the fan favorite, he is consistently being outperformed by both Orton and Quinn. That does put Fox in a tough position.

The coming weeks should be interesting in seeing how this plays out.