I hope everyone has been enjoying a good summer. It is amazing to think the Fourth of July is behind us. The clock is ticking down towards the start of training camp.
What an off-season it has been for the Broncos. All of the organized team activities (OTA’s) wrapped up in June. Coach McDaniels remained positive throughout, which I expect to be one of his trademarks.
It is tough to say how well the Broncos progressed. Coach McDaniels says he likes the way team has been picking up the new systems. Ultimately, time will tell.
One major piece of the depth chart was put in place at the final June mini-camp when Coach McDaniels named Kyle Orton the starting quarterback heading into training camp, which begins at the end of the month.
I like the fact that there is a number one quarterback, even if it might change. In sports, we hear so much about the importance of players knowing their roles. As of now, Orton is the top guy and Simms is second. Remember, though, Coach said he expects the competition to be high throughout camp. Both guys want to play and believe they can be number one. I would expect both to battle hard through the pre-season.
Is Orton a better quarterback? I’m not sure anyone knows that right now, especially with both guys learning a new system. Coach McDaniels said Orton had a little better grasp on things (as of the last June mini-camp). Given that neither has played a snap for the Broncos yet, I have to take his word on that.
I do think that Orton has better talent around him than he did in Chicago. The Broncos’ offensive line is back and the running game should be healthier and better than it was a season ago. A good running game is a quarterback’s best friend.
Orton had the reputation in Chicago of being a guy who “managed the game.” To me that means he was good enough to not hurt his team most of the time but not necessarily good enough to put a team on his back. I’m not ready to say that about Orton. You can’t discount what a fresh start means, I think the Broncos’ offense will at least be pretty good (yes, we do have to see how the Brandon Marshall situation gets resolved) and I think Orton is smart and more than motivated to have a good year, if indeed he is the starter much of the season.
I also really like Chris Simms. When he was healthy in Tampa, he led the Bucs to the playoffs. Thankfully, I’m not sure what a ruptured spleen feels like but I can imagine it is a tough injury to bounce back from quickly.
Simms got buried in Tennessee and never had the chance to show what he can do. He seems to be athletic, possess a pretty strong arm and wants to compete for the job. Plus, he and Orton, from the outside, seem to genuinely get along well.
I know summer is in full swing. But it won’t be long before the battles begin at training camp. I’m ready.
What are your thoughts about Kyle Orton being the number one quarterback heading into training camp?
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