All eyes are on the men under center. That’s true in Denver and that’s true nationally where people wonder if Tim Tebow will get his chance this year or if Kyle Oton is securing his starting spot on the Denver roster.
Jim Trotter of Sports Illustrated got some good inside information on how the Broncos perceive the situation. Many fans won’t want to hear this, but players want Orton to stick around.
“Viewed strictly through an on-field prism, the Broncos’ best chance to compete for their first winning season since 2006 is with Orton, based on his experience and production. Yet around town he is treated as if he has leprosy. Callers to sports talk radio want him out of town sooner than later, a reaction that causes many Broncos veterans to shake their heads — just as they shake their heads at the idea of trading him.
“It’s the Tebow Thing,” says leading receiver Brandon Lloyd. “They’ll put Kyle on the trading block because they don’t want to deal with the Tebow Thing. But it’s not going to end until (Tebow) plays. The faster they get this Tebow Thing over with, one way or the other …”
Lloyd paused. He acknowledged he would be “pissed” if Orton were traded, because the two of them developed a formidable bond last season when Lloyd led the league with 1,448 yards on 77 catches and tied for fourth with 11 TD receptions.” – Jim Trotter (Sports Illustrated)
Make sure to read the rest of Trotter’s article. As for Tebow closing that gap in the competition, it will probably happen as preseason games take place.