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Broncos owner says Orton is "still our quarterback"

K. Orton.jpgLast week, the Denver Broncos traded for quarterback Brady Quinn.  The move prompted immediate speculation that Quinn would be installed as the starting quarterback over incumbent Kyle Orton.

Though it might happen eventually, the role won’t be handed to Quinn — just as it wasn’t handed to him in Cleveland.

It’ll be interesting,” owner Pat Bowlen told Mike Klis of the Denver Post at the league meetings in Orlando.  “He’s
got the right tools and pedigree.  Kyle’s still our quarterback,
absolutely.  Quinn hasn’t beaten Kyle out.  He hasn’t thrown a football.”

But if Orton doesn’t sign his one-year tender offer before the time offseason practices commence, Quinn will get a chance to throw plenty of footballs in the absence of Orton.  And that will only enhance the possibility of Quinn beating Orton out.

So having Quinn around provides not only insurance but also leverage at $700,000 in base salary — making it a wise move, especially since the Browns basically gave away the man for whom they gave up a first-round and a second-round pick.

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14 Responses to “Broncos owner says Orton is "still our quarterback"”
  1. Joe in Toronto, Canada says: Mar 22, 2010 7:20 AM

    “Kyle’s still our quarterback, absolutely.”
    He sure is, and nobody else wants him.

  2. wryly1 says: Mar 22, 2010 8:04 AM

    It’s a no-lose situation for both Broncos and Quinn – who will almost sertainly play at some point.
    Josh McDaniels will be able to do more to develop Quinn that the incompetent crew in Cleveland that mismanaged his career prospects from the get-go.
    Holmgren opted to move on instead of wallowing in his predessor’s mess.

  3. emmac13 says: Mar 22, 2010 8:17 AM

    Quinn wrote his own fate by sitting out because of contract negotiations. Worst part is the contract sucks for him anyway. So he continues to get screwed by that bad decision.

  4. DASAGENCY says: Mar 22, 2010 9:35 AM

    One thing for Bronco fans to look out for is Quinn’s accuracy. It can’t be coached and it was his biggest problem in Cleveland. For a QB that consistently checks down, having a completion percentage in the low 50’s will make Orton look like Joe Montana.

  5. chicagosundevil says: Mar 22, 2010 9:40 AM

    All Kyle Orton does is win. This guy hurts his knee his senior year at Purdue. His draft stock drops him to the 4th round and he had the misfortune of being drafted by the Bears.
    The guy wins twice as much as he loses. He is 6′ 4″ and can manage a game. If in the right system (like he’s in now), he’ll win and he’ll be faaaaaaar better than Brady “Baby Boy” Quinn.

  6. wryly1 says: Mar 22, 2010 9:43 AM

    eemac 13 – it’s well known and never been denied or controverted that it was Browns then GM, Phil Savage, who intentionally delayed negotiating with Quinn’s agent, PRECISLY to keep him out of camp and thus out of contention for competing with Charley Frye. BRILLIANT!

  7. KyleOrtonsArm says: Mar 22, 2010 10:15 AM

    Damn right Orton is going to start

  8. HellsGrimTyrant says: Mar 22, 2010 10:37 AM

    Actually even worse than his accuracy is his leadership or lack there of. When he was on the field he either looked like a scared kid or at best someone who was just glad to be out there. He was never a leader, he never took ownership of the offense, he never showed any fire. DA showed a ton more emotion and guts, just didn’t show any smarts.

  9. yeabut-whatever says: Mar 22, 2010 10:52 AM

    Kyle is Kapable but he’s still maturing in the mind and as a QB that’s excellent – look at Donovan McNabb – that guy is going in the wrong direction

  10. SmyDChargers says: Mar 22, 2010 11:06 AM

    The Broncos had a lot of 3rd and Orts when Orton was starting and with Mitch Bergers punting it was like Orton threw an interception on every 4th and Orts.

  11. Icon says: Mar 22, 2010 1:03 PM

    It could be worse for Denver – they could be stuck with mutt ca$$el, the $63 mill BUST who was the 25th ranked QB in the NFL last year for my Chiefs.
    In 2010 – 32nd or BIGGER BUST!

  12. aious says: Mar 22, 2010 5:48 PM

    Orton can’t throw the long ball to save his life. He won’t bring the Broncos anywhere close to the Super Bowl.
    Have fun winning 8-9 games and go no further in the playoffs if you even get there

  13. trickbunny says: Mar 22, 2010 6:45 PM

    It’s weird how Broncos fans think poor coaching or a mismanaged career has something to do with wild inaccuracy, fear of throwing the ball more than 15 yards, fumbling, and unnecessary checkdowns.
    The last I checked, all those things were instinctual, and not something easily taught or easily corrected.
    Josh McDaniels could be the second coming of Vince Lombardi— but that won’t stop those footballs from hitting the ground at the feet of, over sailing over the heads of, open receivers.

  14. KAVEMAN1969 says: Mar 23, 2010 2:54 PM

    As a Bronco fan I am mortified at our Q.B. choices…..HELP!!!!!!!

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