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Tim Tebow (15) replaced Kyle Orton as the Denver Broncos' starting quarterback in Week 7 and has led his team to a 4-1 record.
In case you needed any more convincing, Broncos Executive Vice President John Elway signaled that the Tim Tebow era is officially underway in Denver, at least for the rest of the 2011 season.
While Tebow's future as the Broncos' starting quarterback beyond this season is a subject for debate, cutting Orton from Denver's 53-man roster eliminates any chance of coach John Fox handing the reigns back to the man who started the season as the starting quarterback, even if Tebow goes down.
So, what does releasing Orton really mean to Tim Tebow?
Not much, likely.
John Elway is not convinced that he has found his team's answer at quarterback in Tebow, and until the second-year quarterback proves he can complete routine NFL passes on a regular basis and move the chains throughout the course of the game (and not just in crunch-time), the look for his successor will continue.
There is still plenty of speculation that Denver will select a quarterback in the 2012 draft to either challenge, platoon with, or replace Tebow as the Broncos' full-time starter, but Elway & Co. seem to have at least solidified Tebow's position with the team for now by releasing Orton from the team.
But for now at least, this is Tim Tebow's team and the starting quarterback position should be his to either win or lose next season, though Broncos Nation will likely have less say in that decision than they seemingly had in 2011.