Tim Tebow, Brady Quinn, Kyle Orton Will Compete For Broncos Starting QB

Though many think the job is Tim Tebow, the Broncos starting QB will be determined by an open competition with Tebow, Brady Quinn and Kyle Orton.

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John Fox Hints At His Pick For Denver Broncos Quarterback

Broncos head coach John Fox recently spoke to the Denver Post about what he's looking for in a quarterback. Keeping in mind that the Broncos' quarterback competition is, practically speaking, a two-horse race between Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow (sorry, Brady Quinn), here's what Fox had to say.

"I prefer a gamer to a good practice player... I want someone who will execute under pressure in a game."

[I]n Fox's new office at the northwest corner of the second floor in the Dove Valley complex, there is a large depth chart displayed in a shallow cabinet with doors that can be locked ... The names at quarterback in order from top to bottom are: "Kyle Orton," "Tim Tebow", "Brady Quinn".

Who knows what to make of that? The "gamer" comment could mean Fox prefers Tebow, but it also could simply be a way of saying that he wants whoever's going to help him win right now, in 2011. Fox also indicates that he has a top candidate in mind, and of course his depth chart does have Orton at the top.

SB Nation Denver seems to think that Fox's comments could indicate a preference for Tebow, but points out that this is all pretty academic right now. Whatever Fox currently thinks will matter a lot less when he's able to see Orton and Tebow in practice, and thanks to the NFL Lockout, it could be a while before that happens.

For more on the Denver Broncos, check out Mile High Report.

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Tim Tebow, Brady Quinn, Kyle Orton Will Compete For Broncos Starting QB

One of the more interesting quarterback competitions right now is in Denver with the Broncos' Tim Tebow, Brady Quinn and Kyle Orton. Do you start Tebow? Do you trade Orton? Can Orton come back and compete for the job? Is this Brady Quinn's Shot?

All important questions that will need to be answered. According to Broncos head coach John Fox, Tebow, Quinn and Orton will all have a chance to compete for the starting job, which suggests it's no sure thing that Tebow wins the starting job, as many have figured.

Via Denver Post: 

"I've said it before and I mean it. It'll be a competition," Fox said. "Competition is what this game's about, whether if it's an opponent or a depth chart. It's been this way as long as I can remember."

There is one wrinkle to add here -- Orton is due over $8 million in 2011. That tells me there's a chance he could be traded if the Broncos don't feel he will be the starting quarterback. It's just hard to envision a situation where Orton comes back to the team as a backup with that $8.8 million salary in 2011. If they feel Tebow is truly the answer at quarterback, then spending $8-plus million on a backup isn't money well spent.

And then there's Quinn. I've always advocated for him because his college success strongly suggests he would have been successful in the NFL but he hasn't been to this point.

Check out Mile High Report where they're talking about passing trends in the NFL. 

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