Broncos Need A Change At QB

Here it is, I’m just gonna throw it out there. The Broncos need a big time QB.

It’s obvious from the past few Super Bowls that top QBs get their teams to the big game. Look at the last 3 Super Bowls. Tom Brady vs. Eli Manning, Ben Roethlisberger vs. Kurt Warner, and Drew Brees vs. Peyton Manning.

“Mistake-free” that McD.  Sure, Jay Cutler may have not been the right puzzle piece to the jigsaw here in Denver, and I trust McD’s evaluation of that scenario. However, the Broncos need to right the ship this offseason by bringing in someone with a powerful arm. It was apparent that last season the offensive coaching staff didn’t trust Kyle Orton’s arm enough to let him throw down field. Defenses stuffed the run, let Orton throw short, and quickly forced the Broncos into punting the ball. Orton wasn’t allowed to pass deep often enough to keep opposing defenses honest.

Josh McDaniels wanted a game manager, and that’s what he got in Orton. Orton kept the turnovers to a minimal level at the beginning of the season, but once teams figured out that his arm only goes for so many yards, they gave him those short passes. More than half of Orton’s passes went for 10 yards or less. When it was time for him to go long, he was out of practice, and I think he got the jitters. We need to complement guys like Brandon Marshall (if he’s back), Eddie Royal (nearly non-existent last year), and Jabar Gaffney.   

It was clear that the Broncos were either going to run the ball or go for the short pass because Orton rarely lined up in the shotgun. That’s one less element opposing defense have to worry about. It makes their job easy.

I don’t think drafting a QB is the right move here. Some of the eligible QBs up for grabs this off-season include:

Player Position Status Height Weight Experience 2008 Team 2009 Team
Batch, Charlie QB UFA 6-2 216 11th Season PIT PIT
Beck, John QB Released 6-2 216 2nd Season MIA BAL
Boller, Kyle QB UFA 6-3 220 6th Season BAL STL
Bollinger, Brooks QB UFA 6-1 205 6th Season DAL TBD
Bouman, Todd QB Released 6-2 226 10th Season BAL JAC
Collins, Kerry QB UFA 6-5 245 14th Season TEN TEN
Fitzpatrick, Ryan QB UFA 6-2 225 4th Season CIN BUF
Frerotte, Gus QB Released 6-3 233 15th Season MIN TBD
Frye, Charlie QB UFA 6-4 217 4th Season SEA OAK
Garcia, Jeff QB UFA 6-1 205 10th Season TB OAK
Gray, Quinn QB Released 6-3 254 5th Season KC TBD
Green, Trent QB Released 6-3 208 15th Season STL TBD
Grossman, Rex QB UFA 6-1 217 6th Season CHI TBD
Harrington, Joey QB UFA 6-4 210 7th Season NO NO
Henson, Drew QB Released 6-4 235 3rd Season DET TBD
Huard, Damon QB Released 6-3 218 12th Season KC SF
Johnson, Brad QB Released 6-5 235 17th Season DAL TBD
Leftwich, Byron QB UFA 6-5 250 6th Season PIT TB
Losman, J.P. QB UFA 6-2 212 5th Season BUF TBD
Martin, Jamie QB UFA 6-2 205 14th Season SF TBD
Nall, Craig QB UFA 6-3 245 7th Season HOU TBD
O’Sullivan, J.T. QB UFA 6-2 227 6th Season SF CIN
Orlovsky, Dan QB UFA 6-5 230 4th Season DET HOU
Ramsey, Patrick QB UFA 6-2 225 7th Season DEN TEN
Simms, Chris QB UFA 6-4 220 6th Season TEN DEN
St. Pierre, Brian QB UFA 6-3 230 6th Season ARI ARI
Tuiasosopo, Marques QB UFA 6-1 220 8th Season OAK TBD
Vick, Michael QB Released 6-0 215 7th Season ATL TBD
Warner, Kurt QB UFA 6-2 218 11th Season ARI ARI
Wright, Anthony QB UFA 6-1 211 10th Season NYG TBD

Source: NFL.com

Some names that spark my interest are Byron Leftwich, but his susceptibility to injury worries me. Michael Vick is pure talent and watching a Vick-Marshall combo would be incredible, but he’s going to be asking for a lot of money and he’s not the same QB that left Atlanta. I don’t know if his ego would be able to co-exist with McD anyway. Jeff Garcia would’ve been an option about 5 years ago, and who knows how much he has left. JP Losman is a solid QB that has been looking for a stable home since he got the boot out of Buffalo. There’s always a possibility of the second coming of JP here in Denver, but that’s wishful thinking.

I know what you’re thinking - the guys I named above aren’t neccessarily big time QBs. I do think with the right surrounding cast, they could perform better in Denver than they have any where else in their careers.

 I really don’t have any solid answers right now, but I’m hoping the coaching staff will at least consider the possibility of ditching Orton. 

The QB position is a very sensitive subject here in Denver. After all, we haven’t had any stability at the position since Elway. That’s a long time to wait for another leader/playmaker to come along.

Sound off Broncomaniacs. Should the Broncos make a switch at QB?

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