One of the main key differences between Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow is their clutch play. When the game is close in the 4th quarter, the two quarterbacks vastly differ.
ESPN.com ran the numbers between Tebow and Orton for the Total QBR, a metric developed by ESPN to improve the traditional quarterback rating, which depends heavily on stats and ignores the circumstances of the stats.
The Total QBR measures the “clutchness” of a quarterback based on “action” plays and plays that could be scoring opportunities. ESPN.com’s AFC West blogger, Bill Williamson, breaks down the difference between Tebow and Orton’s Total QBR during the 4th quarter: “Tebow has been better than Orton when it counts. In his NFL career, Tebow’s QBR in the fourth quarter is 68.1. Orton’s QBR late in games, however, is not strong. His fourth quarter QBR since the start of the 2010 season is 37.7.”
This is where the Broncos need to win. The fourth quarter for the Broncos have been where the game has been decided in the four games decided by five points or less for the Broncos. In those four games, the Broncos only have one victory.
Tebow has to find a way to win games in the 4th quarter, close is good, but winning is much better. If Tebow wants to prove to the front office and his many “haters” that he isn’t just a stop gap, sideshow, he needs to prove he is a winner in the NFL.