Denver Broncos Fans Should Cheer Kyle Orton Sitting, Not Tim Tebow Starting

Ryan PhillipsContributor IIIOctober 23, 2011

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 9: Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos reacts to a play against the San Diego Chargers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 9, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Chargers won 29-24. (Photo by Bart Young/Getty Images)
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Tim Tebow will make his much-anticipated 2011 debut Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, and while fans of the Denver Broncos are certainly excited to see what the second-year quarterback can do, they should be happier with the fact that Kyle Orton will be on the sidelines.

Orton, the team's former starting quarterback, had a really tough year during the team's 1-4 start.

The 28-year-old started Denver's first five games, and his numbers were less than stellar. He completed 91 of 155 passes (58.7 percent) for 979 yards, with eight touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Orton's 75.7 quarterback rating ranks 29th out of the 33 passers who qualify league-wide.

While Tebow will likely be a breath of fresh air, fans shouldn't expect miracles from him. The Florida product hasn't proven he can be an effective NFL quarterback and has a lot of developing to do before he will pass the eye-test.

While he's certainly fun to watch, Tebow isn't an accurate passer, his delivery is too long and while his footwork has improved, it isn't where it needs to be.

That being said, at this point, he probably gives the Broncos a better chance to win than Orton. 

Orton was solid in 2010, as he finished the season completing 293 of 498 passes (58.8 percent) for 3,653 yards, with 20 touchdowns and nine interceptions. His passer rating of 87.5 was decent but not spectacular.

But this year he just couldn't hang onto the ball and lost the confidence of the team's fans and coaches. 

Now it's Tebow's chance to show what he can do, and the fans in Denver are clearly excited for the start of a new era.

But while he's an exciting prospect, the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner's best quality may be that he's not Kyle Orton.