Should Tim Tebow Start?
All reports coming out of Denver Broncos camp have Kyle Orton as the team’s starting quarterback as of now. It’s been reported by multiple sources that Orton has been getting all of the first team reps while last year’s first round pick Tim Tebow has been under center with the second team. Orton started the first 13 games for the Broncos last season, compiling a 3-10 record even though he played extremely well in almost every one of those games. Tebow took over as the starter for the last 3 games of the season and led the stumbling Broncos to a 1-2 finish.
It looked like Tebow was in prime position to be named the Broncos 2011 starting quarterback, but head coach and Tebow fan Josh McDaniels was fired after the 2010 season and Tebow’s starting QB security took a significant hit. New head coach John Fox is nowhere near the type of Tebow-supporter that former head coach Josh McDaniels was, but the Broncos still explored trading Orton. After trade talks involving the Broncos and Dolphins fell through and Orton’s $1 million-plus bonus kicked in, it now seems that Orton will more than likely be the starting quarterback in Denver. But should he be?
I don’t think so. Now don’t get me wrong, I think Kyle Orton is definitely worthy of a starting job in this league but just not with the Broncos and not in this situation. The Broncos are a 5 or 6 win team whether Kyle Orton or Tim Tebow starts at quarterback so I don’t see why they wouldn’t start Tebow. Are the Broncos convinced that Kyle Orton is good enough to be their franchise QB going forward? If so, then I have no problem with Orton being named the starter, but I doubt that’s the case. The Broncos need to start Tebow in order to see if he is capable of being their quarterback of the future, and I think this is a perfect time to do so. The Broncos aren’t a playoff team if Orton starts, so why not start Tebow.
Ultimately, I think this upcoming season will play out just like the previous season for the Broncos. Orton will probably start the first half of the season for the Broncos before Tebow takes over for the last handful of games. If so, Denver will be in the same position next year as they were this year. Tebow would have only started about 8 to 10 games, an insufficient sample size for a quarterback. In the end, I believe Tebow will start for the Broncos at some point this season and make strides toward being the franchise quarterback the Broncos and many fans, including myself, hope he can be.