It’s safe to say that the quarterback situation in Denver didn’t turn out the way that many expected it to. Broncos head coach John Fox has already stated that Kyle Orton will be the teams starting quarterback even though many expected Tim Tebow to be given a shot before the lockout was lifted.
Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post takes a look at what’s to come for the Broncos and their quarterback situation in particular.
Legwold notes that Tebow is the only quarterback that’s currently under contract as both Orton and Brady Quinn will be free agents following the 2011 season. Legwold also mentions that the Broncos would have started contract negotiations with Orton if they had any intentions of keeping him as their starter but so far that has not been the case.
Quinn has improved greatly and is more likely to test the free agent waters rather than commit to being the teams backup. That’s not to say that he wouldn’t consider staying if he had a legitimate shot at starting but he’s still likely to consider all options before making a decision.
That leaves Tebow, who has performed poorly throughout the preseason and has added to criticism from NFL experts about his ability to be an NFL quarterback. Fox doesn’t appear to be willing to use him unless he’s forced to but if the Broncos struggle early on in the season, you can expect to see Tebow getting some playing time as that’s the only way that their fan base will expect not having him under center at some point.