John Elway has spoken carefully when asked about the Broncos quarterback controversy. (Gridiron Fans)

Elway Handling QB Situation Carefully


One of the many questions that surround the Denver Broncos going into the off-season is which of the two quarterbacks that took snaps for the team during the 2010 season will be given the starting job once the new season begins. Will it be six year veteran and two year starter for the Broncos, Kyle Orton, or rookie sensation and fan favorite, Tim Tebow

At least for the moment, that question has an answer.  During pre-Super Bowl events in Dallas, former quarterback and current Executive V.P. of Football Operations for the Denver Broncos, John Elway, was asked by Rich Eisen on NFL Network’s NFL Total Access about the team’s controversial quarterback situation. 

“If we had to play today,” Elway replied. “Kyle Orton would be our starting quarterback.” 

Period. End of story, right? Hardly. Elway did his best impression of a Washington politician by answering the question without really answering anything. Although Eisen asked about the situation and its progress moving forward, Elway wanted to stay in the present by using the keyword “today”. In his defense, Elway does have reasons for being hesitant about giving any direct answers. 

One reason Elway isn‘t revealing the status to anyone is because he doesn‘t fully know it himself. Along with his indecisiveness about Orton being the starter beyond the present-day, Elway is also wavering about the possibilities of him being traded. Orton has stated that should he stay in Denver, he expects to be the starter next year. As of now he is, but there has been much talk about Orton’s possible trade value should the Broncos decide to deal him. With many positions requiring immediate attention and the team in need of valuable draft picks, if another team dangles a second or third round draft carrot in front of a hungry horse, it’s possible the Broncos will bite. 

Another reason for Elway being coy about speaking too much is the fact that his reputation is at risk. In the Mile High City, Elway is King, and there isn’t much that he could do that would knock him off his throne. One thing that might however, would be if he mishandles this situation in regards to Tim Tebow. He got a taste of what would happen if he did so in January when Sports Illustrated writer Peter King reported that he had interviewed Elway and implied that should former Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels get a new coaching job with a quarterback needy team, Elway might consider trading Tebow to McDaniels’ new team. After the fan backlash began, Elway quickly jumped onto Twitter and clarified that Tebow would not be shopped. After that incident, Elway now knows that he has to handle everything related to Tebow with kid gloves. 

John Elway says that Kyle Orton is the starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos, but many pieces of the puzzle have to fall into place before next season. As of now, nothing is set in Rocky Mountain stone. 

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  • Carmen

    Point blank… Tebow should be the starter. If Orton hasn’t “proven” anything as a starter for 2 years or after being with the team for 6… it’s time for change! Orton is a good quarterback… but the Broncos need a great quarterback. We all know Tebow can be great and we all know he’s going to need field time to develop to his full potential. So, let’s go already!!!

    • bob

      Orton hasn’t been able to prove much as a starter because the broncos defense was just horrible. if anything its not Orton’s fault that the broncos have failed to succeed. in 2011 he put up phenomenal numbers as a QB but the lack of a run game and horrible defense it was to no avail his accomplishment. that’s like saying mark sanchez is a good QB cause he wins games. no mark isn’t he has a great defense and a good running game which allows him to be midocre and still win games by just protecting the ball and not making bad decisions. so first of all its the broncos defense that needs to be fixed. orton should stay and start i wanna have a winning season and seeing tim tebow playing will not happen point blank.

      • Carmen

        So, if Orton is SUCH a great quarterback… what happened to the 4 years before he became the starter. He didn’t prove much then either. I’m not saying he is a bad QB… just not a great one. It’s like David Garrard in Jacksonville… in all of his time with the team he has had one – maybe 2 – good seasons and nothing otherwise. Does Denver feel like waiting around to see if Orton can have a great season any time soon?? I’m sure some are fine with it… but many, many others are not!

    • Pete

      Kyle Orton hasn’t been with the team six years, Carmen. He was with the Chicago Bears for four years before being traded to Denver two years ago, and he had a winning record there.

      Sounds like you really don’t know much about the Broncos, or perhaps even football in general. Orton has proven plenty in his two years here, but no quarterback can win on a team with a crappy defense, especially when it’s ranked last in the league. I’m a Tebow fan and hope he earns the starting position, but the main thing is whoever starts will be who the coaches believe will give the team the best chance at winning. That’s their call, not ours.

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  • http://twitter Sanchez92

    1. Tebow is not a sensation, or a great quarterback, he is simply an unproven NFL Quarterback. Kyle Orton was the NFLs third leading passer going into the last three weeks in the season. He play was spatacular all throughout the season.
    Tebow only got the start for the last three games to put fans in the seats. Anyone who knows anything about football knows that Tebow has only had, at best, an average rookie game. Tebow still has tons to prove in the NFL… Kyle Orton has already proven himself greatly!
    If Kyle Orton does not get the start next year it is because of idiots that somehow think Tebow did anything worth a damn last year…

  • drose1

    At least Tebow’s fun to watch as opposed to watching a boring Kyle orton collapse from measly pressure. Tebow can run, throw out of the pocket, get to the edge, plow through defenders, play action fake, throw a 40 yd pass and hit his recievers in stride, plus most importantly is his ability to score in the red zone. There is only upside to this kid please start him now and let him learn from experience. From what i have seen of him i’am impressed and now i just want to see more. What kind of numbers he can have in a 18 game season 1000 yds rushing over 3000 yds passing, that sounds very likely considering if he would of played every game he probably would of hit the 1000 yd rush mark. Let him start please!!