Last weekend, the Broncos made a change at quarterback.
No, it didn’t have anything to do with Kyle Orton, the signal-caller behind the NFL’s No. 1 passing offense, but rather the two players behind him.
After serving as the inactive emergency quarterback for the first two games, Brady Quinn traded places with Tim Tebow and suited up as the backup quarterback against Indianapolis last Sunday.
Head Coach Josh McDaniels addressed the status of the No. 2 quarterback position on Monday.
“It’s a competitive situation,” McDaniels said. “I think we’re just going to make the best decision on a week-to-week basis.”
The coach said the decision will stem from his staff’s evaluation of both players in practice and how well each quarterback’s skill set takes advantage of the upcoming opponent’s defense.
“We considered the game plan, what (the quarterbacks) do well, what the other team does and how that fits their style,” McDaniels said.
In Week 1 at Jacksonville, the team unveiled a formation with Tebow at quarterback and Orton shifted over to wide receiver, and Tebow gained two yards on two carries. Denver listed the rookie as the backup against Seattle the following week, but he didn’t see the field.
When the Colts came to town, Quinn got the call to ready himself if anything happened to Orton, and Tebow took his place as the No. 3 QB.
“It was a situation where we felt more comfortable with that based on the game plan,” McDaniels said. “(We) didn’t have anything in (the game plan) relative to Tim being in the game and playing a role in it, and we’ll try to do that the best we can each week.”
On Wednesday, Quinn told the media he didn’t know if he did anything differently to step up the depth chart, but he hopes he can repeat it in practice before the team travels to Tennessee.
“(I’ll) probably just do whatever I did last week, still try to figure that out and then do it again this week,” he said.
Tebow said he plans to do what he’s always done.
“I think I try to approach it the same every week,” he said. “That’s to be ready for anything, that’s knowing what my role is, trying to prepare and learn the game plan as best I can.”
Safety Brian Dawkins (ankle), fullback Spencer Larsen (ankle), wide receiver Brandon Lloyd (non-injury), running back Knowshon Moreno (hamstring) and linebacker Wesley Woodyard (hamstring) did not practice on Wednesday. Cornerback Andre’ Goodman (quadricep) and offensive lineman Ryan Harris (ankle) were limited in practice.
For the Titans, defensive tackle Tony Brown (knee), defensive end Jacob Ford (knee) and cornerback Jason McCourty (forearm) did not practice.
-Gabe Hiatt, DenverBroncos.com
Below are photos from Wednesday’s practice: