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Denver media encouraging Orton out of town
Posted May. 09 at 05:26 AM
I lived in Colorado for eight years; stints in the early '90s and the early 2000s. I grew to enjoy reading the primary NFL columnists at the Denver Post, Woody Paige and Mark Kiszla. They usually had slightly different takes on the same issues, sometimes mildly unkind, often amusing.
Based on their most recent columns, they appear to be in agreement that Kyle Orton shouldn't start any more games for the Broncos. Kiszla thinks that Orton should demand a trade, while Paige thinks the Broncos should ship him out, period, for the good of the franchise.
Kiszla points out that Orton is in a no-win situation where he'll be sent out to have fans calling for the backup at the sign of his first mistake. He also points out that Denver opens the 2010 regular season at Jacksonville, Tebow's backyard. "If Orton is under center when the Broncos break the huddle," he writes, "it might be the first time in NFL history the crowd loudly chants its demand for the visiting team to make a change at quarterback."
To Paige, it's simple. The Broncos shouldn't waste any more time starting a lame-duck quarterback. Just go with youngsters Brady Quinn, Tim Tebow, and Tom Brandstater, and move on.
I don't know that Orton being traded is a likely preseason scenario, but it sounds like the Denver media will help him pack his bags if it happens.
Posted by DAVID DIGREGORIO | May. 09 at 06:29 AM
Are they more interested in entertainment or winning? Tebow isn't ready. They're exhibit one when considering the root of the word fan is fanatic. Maybe they are just trying to generate controversy.
Posted by Brian Grzybowski | May. 09 at 04:07 PM
Orton might not play extremely well but the Broncos have to keep him in the off chance that the other two guys can't play at all.
Posted by ANDY RICHARDSON | May. 09 at 09:33 PM
Tebow's not ready, but the team is at least saying it's high on Brady Quinn. That could just be talk, but a case can be made that he wouldn't be a huge step down from Orton. He's started some games, he could be functional in what Denver asks their quarterbacks to do. It's possible.
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