Tim Tebow: Are Denver Broncos Making a Huge Mistake by Benching QB?

Cian Fahey@CianafFeatured ColumnistSeptember 13, 2011

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 01:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos warms up on the sidelines during the preseason NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 1, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Cardinals defeated the Broncos 26-7.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The Denver Broncos with Kyle Orton at the helm—opposed to Tim Tebow—got off to a losing start last night at home to the Oakland Raiders.

Orton finished the game with 304 yards with one touchdown, one interception and one fumble. The Broncos offense accounted for a total of 13 points in a game they lost, 23-20.

Now, the Oakland Raiders aren't expected to be an NFL powerhouse this year. More crucially, neither are the Denver Broncos.

The Broncos chose to start Kyle Orton because he is undoubtedly the better quarterback right now. However, unless Orton is going to be playing at a Peyton Manning level, the Broncos won't be competitive.

In fact, with all the injuries the team is suffering and the overall talent of the roster, they could be close to picking second overall once again.

Kyle Orton does not make this team a competitor. He may give them a better chance of competing, but he is not going to be the difference between a playoff team and a pretender. He is the difference between picking top 10 in the draft and picking top five.

Last night the Miami Dolphins once again lost to the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football. However, there was one major difference between the Dolphins offense last night opposed to their offense over the last few years.

The Dolphins have endured poor quarterback play over the past two seasons and look to have finally reaped the rewards of sticking with Chad Henne—even if they looked elsewhere at times. Henne wasn't a star, that was Tom Brady, but he showed a lot of maturity and performed well. You could see that Henne had developed and benefited from gaining experience over the past two years.

Henne put up the most passing yards against the Patriots in 17 years since Dan Marino last did so.

Not many people would have believed that could happen last year or the year before. Not many people believe that you will ever be able to say something similar about Tim Tebow.

The Broncos lose nothing by starting Tebow and taking the risk on the long-term potential opposed to the stop-gap short-term option in Orton. If the Broncos were competing right now for a Super Bowl or even a playoff spot, it would make sense to start Orton.

However, Orton's performance last night, and more importantly the Broncos' performance as a whole, shows you that they still have many of the same issues they had last year.

This team isn't turning things around in one week or even one season. Josh McDaniels ravaged this franchise during his tenure. However, if there is one thing McDaniels knows, it is likely to be quarterbacks.

Being an offensive mind, McDaniels saw enough in Tebow to make him a first-round draft pick. Whether he was deserving of that or not, the Broncos won't find out until they put him on the field.

They are invested in the young quarterback and even if he was not drafted by the current administration, they should understand that this team needs to be thinking in the long term rather than the short term.

I do not know if Tim Tebow is the answer in Denver or not. I do know, however, that Kyle Orton cannot make this team good enough to be relevant right now.