To me, it is a classic case of needing something to talk about.
Last week at the beginning of the annual scouting combine, reports came down like wildfire that Broncos head coach John Fox said that Kyle Orton was the Broncos starting quarterback.
Of course he is, at least as we sit here in late February. Certainly that could change at some point.
What Coach Fox said was that the competition between Kyle Orton, Brady Quinn and Tim Tebow will determine which guy ultimately wins the starting job.
“I don’t think we’ll really figure it out until we start competing,” Fox said. “It’s a group of three that I think are very capable. Right now, Kyle Orton’s our starter. We got a young guy, a high draft pick in Tim Tebow that got his feet wet last year towards the end of the season. (He) did an outstanding job. He’s got some of those intangibles that you’re looking for. And then, shoot, Brady Quinn I’m looking forward to seeing play. He’s a young guy that has about 13 starts under his belt. We’ll see. All three…I’m excited about.”
When one takes what Coach Fox said, coupled with his casual, informative delivery (the video of his comments are on this very website), one hardly gets the idea that the Broncos already know who will be the starting quarterback for the regular season opener, whenever that game actually takes place.
Broncos’ Vice President John Elway echoed that sentiment.
“I have talked with Kyle and I told him the same thing that I have told you guys, that right now, he is the starting quarterback,” Elway said.
“We are in February, but if we had to play a game tomorrow, Kyle would be the guy. We will continue down the path, obviously we have the draft and a lot of things ahead of us. It is not going to change until we get down the road and see what happens.”
This is hardly a news flash. The Broncos wouldn’t put Tebow, a young and unproven player, at the top of the depth chart right now over an established and productive veteran at the most important position. This is especially true when Tebow only got the opportunity to start late last season because Orton was injured.
Broncos’ general manager Brian Xanders was asked if support for Tebow in the organization is waning.
“There are a lot of people in our building that are behind Tim Tebow,” Xanders said. “He had a very successful career at (the University of) Florida and he is working hard in his career to be a better quarterback at the NFL level. He is somebody that the franchise invested a lot into, in terms of draft picks and the contract, but he is going to create his role and he has done a good job so far with his limited opportunities. The big picture is every player has to create their own role on the team. John Fox wants competition at every position and we are going to go from there.”
Again, this is hardly information worthy of a debate.
Why is it necessary, in the month of February or March, to have an in-depth discussion about who might or might not start at quarterback, or any other position, in August or September?
I’m not naïve. I know people want to talk about football all year long. Maybe it’s just me but this got completely blown out of proportion.
We’ll know the Broncos starting quarterback when the time comes for the players themselves to decide it. And that time is not now.
Right now, I’m excited to get the news from the scouting combine. Some of these guys might very well be wearing orange and blue soon. I’m also getting more and more curious about what the Broncos will do in the upcoming draft.
And, needless to say, there is this little labor issue that the league and the players need to get resolved.
Those are all, to me, much more pressing than who is at the top of the February depth chart.
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