Much to the dismay of the legions of Tim Tebow fans, Denver Broncos head coach John Fox said that Kyle Orton is the teams starting quarterback during a press conference at the NFL scouting combine today. Fox added that it would be hard for a player to be the teams starter and on the trading block at the same time.
It seems like this is more of a ploy by the coach to maintain some amount of continuity during this years crazy offseason. Not a bad idea for the time being other than the fact that his comments will most likely rub the Tebow fans the wrong way.
Yesterday an article from NFL Networks Michael Lombardi suggested that Tim Tebow is lacking support within the organization but that report has since been refuted by ESPN’s Bill Williamson. Lombardi’s comments are very speculative but I can understand where he’s coming from because coaches don’t usually favor other coaches project players. The difference here is that Tebow has the support of the fan base and was even able to some amount of ability at the end of last season. Denver will have to consider Tebow because losing with Orton as their quarterback will not be tolerated.
While Orton put up good numbers while in Josh McDaniels offensive scheme, he lacked in the win department which makes his decent stats seem trivial. Once there’s a new CBA in place it wouldn’t be surprising to see Orton’s name resurface in trade talks. It seems like Denver wouldn’t have brought in John Elway and a new coach to have Orton under center come next season.