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During the short time the starters were on the field during the last four games, the coaching staff and fans of the Denver Broncos have had the privilege of enjoying an efficient and well-managed offensive group.
Kyle Orton cemented his place as the starter by Week Two against the Buffalo Bills, and continued his dominance into his game against the Seattle Seahawks. The fourth preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals was all the proof anybody needed to assure that Brady Quinn and Tim Tebow belong on the sidelines for 2011.
Orton was never very flashy during his play in the preseason, and was definitely not the most exciting player on the field. He doesn't bring the intangibles that make some other guys a little more appealing to the fans. And it's a bit tiring watching him fall on his face when there's any type of pressure in the pocket.
What does he bring to the field then?
Solid football knowledge, a calm, confident aura and the ability to keep his team in the game.
These are qualities we always knew of Kyle Orton. Everyone knew he could manage a game, and this year, we've come to find he'll have a lot more help.
Running back Knowshon Moreno lost more than 10 pounds over the offseason and had an impressive camp and inspiring preseason. He's faster than he's been in his first two years, and has shown an ability to run downhill and through the tackles, but also the speed to get to the corners and break away.
If Moreno gets tired, he has newcomer Willis McGahee to pick up the slack. McGahee showed himself to be a touchdown hawk, and might even end up as a widely owned fantasy football player in 2011.
The run game was certainly one of the biggest things lacking in Josh McDaniels' 2010 Broncos offense. John Fox has brought the run back, and with a vengeance.