Josh McDaniels' Game Fits Brady Quinn: Denver Broncos Quarterback Rumors

Reid BrooksAnalyst IMay 20, 2010

KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 20:  Quarterback Brady Quinn #10 of the Cleveland Browns checks the defensive alignment during their NFL game against the Kansas City Chiefs on December 20, 2009 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. The Browns defeated the Chiefs 41-34. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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If you're willing to believe everything other sports writers tell you, let me clarify what is actually going on with the Denver Broncos quarterbacks today.

Obviously, everyone knows Tim Tebow was drafted as a first round pick last month, and is the favorite to eventually take up the crown in Denver.

According to all sources, he is really working hard and showing a lot of determination by doing things like finishing first in team work outs.

I don't think anyone has ever denied that Tim Tebow is an incredible athletic specimen.

What those reports are not telling most people is that Tim's throwing is improving, but not at a rate that would put him on pace to be the starting quarterback on opening day.

The race in Denver is really between two players...at least for now.

The incumbent, Kyle Orton, is rumored to be back on the trading block (at least consideration is being given to trading him), while his primary competitor, Brady Quinn, isn't going anywhere.

In fact, Josh McDaniels has been emphatic in his denial of trade possibilities for Quinn. Just ask the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The writing for Kyle Orton is, unfortunately, on the wall. I say that as a staunch defender and fan of the guy, who truly believes that, at least for this season, (because of his offensive knowledge) he is a great option.

However, when the head coach brings in two extra quarterbacks in the offseason and then squashes trade rumors for your primary competitor (but lets them circle over your head), he is making a passive endorsement for someone.

And that someone isn't you, Kyle.

I wish it was, but Josh McDaniels doesn't turn to me for advice. Sorry.

Brady Quinn is the purest of the available quarterbacks in Denver, in terms of style. He does have a lot of the traditional components that people have begun associating with Mile-High football.

It has been a little under the radar with the Tim Tebow circus in town, but Brady Quinn is working very, very hard. He is the last guy off the field every night; Tim Tebow is not.

He did go to a school I am sworn to hate, but I have to acknowledge that they only admit smart people, so Brady Quinn should be doing well in learning the offense.

Heck, there might not be a lot to learn because he ran similar stuff under Charlie Weis at Notre Dame, but it really isn't saying much to give him the edge in arm quality over Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow.

Orton has never had an accurate deep ball, and Tim Tebow has been hounded for a less than accurate pass at any range.

The question that really is going to come into play in the near future, when Josh McDaniels makes his decision, is what happens when Orton is the odd man out?

If Kyle Orton can be traded, then Tom Brandstater will stay on the roster. I hope Brandstater stays around and picks up the other necessary NFL skills, because his arm strength and passing ability are awesome to watch.

McDaniels may have just realized that he isn't going to be winning any Super Bowls with Kyle Orton and decided to accelerate a moderately uncomfortable divorce (nothing like the Jay Cutler divorce fiasco).

Whatever the result may be, with the ferocity of the competitors, you can tell Josh McDaniels had a plan at quarterback all along.

He threw them in a pot to let them fight it out, and we will see who comes out on top.

For the time being, it is looking like that guy will be Brady Quinn.

Further along in the future, Tim Tebow may have something to say about that.


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