Tim Tebow scores a TD against the rival Chiefs (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Quarter Till Tebow?


Tis’ this the season for Tim Tebow

Now that the Broncos’ season is all but in the books, many fans are wondering when Tebow will get the call to start or garner some significant playing time. Will it be half past an empty glass? If it is, Tebow’s time will come very soon. 

 A 3-8 record will do that to some fans. So will a 45-point home loss to the Oakland Raiders. When the glass is half empty, as it is with the Broncos right now, throwing individuals to the wolves is a first-thought. Many would like to see Josh McDaniels in teeth’s way as well as some members of the coaching staff. They’re the brain behind the bronze on the field, so they’re easy #1 targets.

What I don’t understand is why people want to throw Tebow in now that the season is a wash. I understand that letting him develop and gain experience is what the people want. I don’t understand why a lot of attention is on this issue right now. 

Kyle Orton is having a career year, and taking Orton out to let Tebow do what Orton has already been doing, but on a lesser level, just doesn’t strike a chord with me. 

We know the stats that Orton is airing out – he’s No. 1 in passing yards with 20 touchdowns and 6 INTs. He’s got his receivers on the same page as Brandon Lloyd is No. 1 in the league in receiving yards. Read the fine large print: The only place the Broncos don’t have an issue is at quarterback. Sure, they’re having trouble converting on third down (2-for-21 in their last two games), but that’s because they don’t have a running game. An unbalanced offense can even throw Orton off of his game. 

There’s no doubt that Tebow is productive when he’s on the field, but being productive as a quarterback is a different story. So far this season, he’s rushed for 3 TDs and thrown for another one. He enters the game in short-yardage situations, mostly near the goal-line. He’s been a very valuable threat in those situations, but there appears to be a very good reason why he’s not throwing the long balls as a rookie. It’s Kyle Orton – the man who has already proven himself this season and looks to be the quarterback of the future with Tebow learning along the way and coming in during special situations. 

Why should Orton sit on the cold bench during his career year? Let him break a record or two and finish off the season on a strong note instead of being benched just because fans are singing the Tebow tune. Orton deserves that respect.  

We should be more concerned with the Broncos’ weaknesses – the lack of running game, the inability to stop opposing offenses from racking up on average 29.4 points per game, the off-the-field drama that distracts from weekly game preparation.  

Tebow will get his turn. Considering he’s being paid $40 million less than #1 pick Sam Bradford, let the kid develop on the sidelines by watching Orton, but giving him reps in practice. If you think that Tebow will fix this Broncos team immediately, then you’re got your’ve predominantly Florida glasses on. Take them off, and you’ll see a team that needs order – not rookie chaos. 

What should the Broncos' do at QB for the rest of the season?

  • Continue to let Orton take nearly every snap. (34%, 78 Votes)
  • Bench Orton all for the sake of Tebow's development. (30%, 70 Votes)
  • Let Orton and Tebow split time. (24%, 55 Votes)
  • Who cares? The Broncos don't have a problem at QB. (12%, 29 Votes)

Total Voters: 231

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  • S.

    LOL. I seriously doubt all the fans who chant for Tebow at home games are Florida fans. Come on now. Sounds like you need to take off your predominantly Orton glasses and handle that fact.

    As far as Orton I have no problem with him, but it’s pretty obvious that since the Broncos are probably going to lose either way, people would rather lose with Tebow than lose with Orton. Orton might as well finish out the season, but he hasn’t been a winner during his time in Denver, period. Thousands of yards of hollow stats won’t change that fact.

    Tebow is most likely going to struggle quite a bit, he may end up being a huge bust, but if the fans want to cling to the hope that he represents, just let them. What else is there to look forward to? Oh yeah, that’s right, Orton’s “career year” stats. Yippee.

    • Kim Constantinesco

      I certainly didn’t mean to imply that all Tebow fans are Florida fans. Damn. Tough crowd.

      If Orton had the high yardage total and a high number of turnovers, I could see replacing him and letting Tebow get the reps. He may not be winning games for us, but he’s not losing them for us either. Let’s face it, the only individual winning games for his team this season is Peyton Manning and he’s even lost the last two.

      Orton is the most stable thing we have on the team. Everyone knows we’re one dimensional, yet they still can’t keep Orton from putting up respectable stats. Unless Tebow can suddenly play on the defensive line, he should be kept on the bench. At this point, I’d rather see Orton continue to put up numbers (even if we do lose) if our defense if going to be giving up nearly 30 points per game.

    • BroncsFan

      Sure, let’s write off the last 5 games, see if we can’t end the year 3-13 just to let placate Tebow’s fans. As the article points out, the ONLY thing the Broncos have this year is the passing game. They should concentrate on improving the defense, special teams, and running game over the last games–not continue this quarterbacking farce by shoving in Tebow before he’s remotely ready.

      Orton would be leading the league in TDs and passing rating as well as yards if he weren’t getting pulled to let Tebow cherry pick easy touchdowns inside the three. It’s not fair to Orton and frankly, it’s kind of insulting to Tebow: “Hey Tim, we know you aren’t good enough to play QB, but we’ll let you take a couple of snaps near the goal line to feel better about yourself–and about the three defensive picks we gave up to get you.”

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  • CheyennePete

    If, and this is a big if, Tebow can bring more of a rushing, ground game than Orton (who never seems to scramble) then it actually accomplishes three things: He gives Knowshon a breather, he burns clock, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY it allows our defense to stay on the sidelines a little longer. A rushing QB actually changes the dynamics of the whole team.

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