For better or worse, it's official: Tim Tebow has replaced Kyle Orton as the new starting quarterback of the Denver Broncos. Word leaked this morning after John Fox informed the team, and the head coach confirmed the news with an announcement this afternoon to the media.
"Well, I think 1-4 has a lot to do with it," Fox said. "We haven't gotten it done as a football team. It's not one guy. It's not all Kyle Orton's fault. But we do have to make adjustments, we have to change and we have to do something to win football games."
The Broncos have a bye this week, giving Tebow nearly two weeks to prepare for his first NFL start on Oct. 23 in Miami. But as he told reporters Tuesday, he feels he's already made great strides since coming into the league.
"I feel I've improved in several ways, just with my knowledge of the offense and understanding defenses and how we're trying to attack them and what I need to do to exploit weaknesses that day that they have," he said, according to the Denver Post.
Orton, not surprisingly, was disappointed with the demotion. "I'm disappointed with everything," he said. "I wish I could have played better. I wish we had a better record. There's a lot of things, but reality is what it is."
The Denver Post caught Fox's announcement and Tebow's reaction on video: