This offseason has not been one of Denver's smoothest. Between a coach being fired and the franchise QB being traded, the Broncos have been in disarray. However, coach Josh McDaniels has officially named Orton the starting QB. Not that anyone was surprised. Few thought Simms could actually take the job.
But what does this mean now for the Bronco organization? There are several reasons why Orton has been named starter now and why this is great news for the fans.
First off, if means that Orton is getting the playbook down. Don't overlook this. What McDaniels is saying when announcing this decision is that Orton looks like he knows what he is doing and can lead the team. If Orton were not absorbing the playbook, McD would hold off on the announcing. So it seems like he has it under his belt, the first step in leading Denver to success.
Second, it means that Denver is ready to move on. I think this is McD's main reason for announcing the starter. He is trying to convey that, despite the turmoil in losing Cutler, Denver is onto another chapter. The Broncos put Cutler behind them and are now focused on being great with Orton as QB. McD wants the fans to know this. He wants to tell them that Denver has moved on, Cutler is a thing of the past.
So the first position battle has been decided. With this we can pretty much figure out the offense now. We know Orton is the QB, and we know who the line will be. No one will dispute that Marshall should be the No. 1 WR and Royal being a great No. 2. Scheffler will be the TE, and there is your offense.
Defense still has battles though. Among the guaranteed starters are D.J. Williams and Champ Bailey. Dumervil should be one of rushing LBs. The biggest question now is the D-backs. Who will be the No. 2 CB and who will be the safeties.
In all, naming Orton as the starting QB is a great thing for Denver. They are stepping out of hole that they made and have declared that from now on, it is nothing but moving forward.