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The 5280 Football Preview

Our rip-roarin’, QB-battlin’, coach-firin’, trash-talkin’ look at the upcoming season on Colorado’s most-storied gridirons

August 2010

QB Conundrum

Who will be the Broncos' field general this season?—LBK

Kyle Orton

Height: 6’ 4”
Weight: 225
Pro year: Sixth
NFL games played/started: 49/48

Strengths
Above-average arm, level head, years of NFL experience

Weaknesses
Completing the deep ball, throwing with touch

Previous Season
In his first season for head coach Josh McDaniels, Orton started off hot and put up solid personal stats (21 touchdowns, 3,802 yards), but the Broncos lost eight of their last 10 games and missed the playoffs.

What McDaniels is Saying
“He is our starter. There is no question.”

What the Experts are Saying:
“If Kyle Orton keeps Denver in contention, he will likely keep his job all season with Tebow playing in special situations.” —ESPN.com blogger Bill Williamson

Brady Quinn

Height: 6’ 3”
Weight: 235
Pro year: fourth
NFL games played/started: 14/12

Strengths
Solid mechanics, strong work ethic, experience at Notre Dame (where he played for Charlie Weis—a former Patriots coach like McDaniels)

Weaknesses:
Sub-par accuracy, mediocre pocket presence, sometimes collapses under pressure

Previous Season
Quinn played in 10 games for the Browns in ’09 but came away with only two wins. He completed 53 percent of his passes, tossed eight TDs, and threw seven picks.

What McDaniels is Saying
“Brady’s a player who fits a lot of the qualities and characteristics we look for in our quarterbacks.”

What the Experts are Saying
“Quinn obviously has the advantage over Tebow to be the starter to start the year because of his NFL experience. However, if Quinn doesn’t perform…you could see Tim Tebow as the starting QB for the Denver Broncos sometime in 2010.” —Xtrapointfootball.com writer Bob Beardon

Tim Tebow

Height: 6’ 3”
Weight: 245
Pro year: rookie
NFL games played/started: 0/0

Strengths
Natural leadership abilities, strong arm, mobile, durable, highly competitive, proven winner

Weaknesses
Footwork, unorthodox mechanics, experience reading complex defenses

Previous Season
Tebow took his undefeated Florida Gators to the SEC championship game, where they were upended by the Alabama Crimson Tide, the eventual NCAA national champions.

What McDaniels is Saying
“The football traits he has is the stuff you die for.”

What the Experts are Saying
“I know he’s not a starting quarterback in the NFL this year. However, I’m betting on that kid, that he’s going to be a starting quarterback in the league either two years or three years from now.” —NFL Network draft expert Mike Mayock

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