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I almost feel sorry for Kyle Orton. Even though I have been critical of the decision to go with Orton as the starter I did not expect him to falter like he did tonight.
Now I know he didn't have a running game and that the play-calling wasn't his fault —but everything he's been criticized for was what we saw tonight.
This includes his inability to perform when the game is on the line and his poor performance in the red zone.
I'm not saying that Tebow would have performed better in this game, but the calling for Tebow from the fans has certainly become stronger after tonight. I mean it couldn't be much worse.
Fellow writer Daniel Bogard has — in my opinion —summed it up nicely in his article here, along with Denver Post columnist Kitzla in his article.
Now if Kyle Orton doesn't improve, the QB controversy will have the potential to put a huge rift in the fan base of the Broncos.
With Orton's performance I only see one way for this team to move forward. Play Orton when he is at his best—between the 20 yard lines—and bring in Tebow when the ball is in the red zone and when big plays are needed. It would give Tebow time to develop, Kyle Orton a chance show what he does best and the fans something they can believe in together, which I have thought was the right solution from the start — read here.