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McDaniels leaning towards two active quarterbacks

T. Tebow.jpgFollowing the release of Tom Brandstater, Josh McDaniels knows his three quarterbacks for 2010.  Now he has to decide who is active on gamedays.

McDaniels said on Friday that he’s leaning towards keeping only two quarterbacks on his active Sunday roster. Brady Quinn is ahead of Tim Tebow on the depth chart, but it’s still easy to see Quinn as the odd man out early in the season.

Tebow participates in special packages that McDaniels may want available during the game.  So it wouldn’t be surprising to see Tebow “ahead” of Quinn just like Michael Vick was active over Kevin Kolb early last year.  (And Pat White was active over Chad Henne at one point.)

In the end, the active tag doesn’t mean much. If Orton starts and gets hurt, the third quarterback (Quinn) can still enter the game.  And we still think Quinn will get a crack at the starting job before Tebow does in 2010. 

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37 Responses to “McDaniels leaning towards two active quarterbacks”
  1. tombrookshire says: Jun 12, 2010 11:39 AM

    Hard to imagine Quinn being more than just a second or third backup. Also, Tebow will be better than most people project. Nobody is really willing to give him a chance to prove himself. McDaniels did that in a big way.

  2. Dixon29 says: Jun 12, 2010 11:41 AM

    Worst QB situation in all of the NFL. Tim Tebow is a long shot, but probably has a better chance of succeeding than Orton or Quinn.
    Congratulations of being in the worst division because you probably won’t finish last. 6-10 at best, with 4 wins coming over Oakland and Kansas City. Meanwhile, Brandon Marshall will have 120 catches and Cutler will throw for 4,000 yards (with 30 ints).

  3. FalconDevil says: Jun 12, 2010 11:45 AM

    Did you go to college? This website would score a 400 on the verbal section of the SAT. Learn some grammar.

  4. CanadianVikingFan says: Jun 12, 2010 11:51 AM

    In Denver, no longer are the days of Peyton Hillis blocking for other backs, but now he enjoys being the back being blocked for. They have found one better than Hillis in…. Tim Tebow

  5. daffy87 says: Jun 12, 2010 11:58 AM

    Brady Quinn couldn’t beat out Derek Anderson in Cleveland for two years…why should be believe he will beat out Kyle Orton? Or are you assuming Orton will stink it up so bad that McDaniels makes a switch. Either ways neither Orton or Quinn are the future of the Broncos…well maybe as a clipboard holder.

  6. 420fan says: Jun 12, 2010 12:00 PM

    they should keep Tebow……cuz he can walk on water right…

  7. Phil Hernon says: Jun 12, 2010 12:02 PM

    Well, I think Mcdaniels is over zealous surrounding himself with his ” bros” ……… cant win football games in the NFL with your buddies playing……….you gotta have a few misfits, a few guys that dont like you or anyone else, and these guys are called linebackers, defensive ends and offensive linemen.

  8. mojopin11 says: Jun 12, 2010 12:10 PM

    What I still don’t understand is how his athletic ability projects in an NFL game. He is closer to Daunte Culpepper than Vick. How many teams want Culpepper for short yardage, etc….

  9. azwildcats96 says: Jun 12, 2010 12:11 PM

    I’m sure McD has a “special package” for Tebow…

  10. Mike Daly says: Jun 12, 2010 12:13 PM

    McDaniels is proving he’s in over his head. If you have two active quarterbacks you have none – you either have one starter or you’re screwed. No wonder the Broncos lost eight of their last ten games a la the last of the Shanahan years.

  11. Norv Turner says: Jun 12, 2010 12:20 PM

    Every single QB from the 07 draft was a bust. Never seen anything like it before. Unless Kolb can prove himself this year.

  12. Sensual Lettuce says: Jun 12, 2010 12:20 PM

    In other news the owner of the Broncos is leaning towards firing McDaniels.

  13. Billy Barou says: Jun 12, 2010 12:25 PM

    Josh McDaniels is such a moron I almost feel sorry for Broncos fans. I am excited though to see the total failure of Tim Tebow

  14. Bwa Ha Ha says: Jun 12, 2010 12:26 PM

    Mike Daly, You realize that almost every team has two active Qb’s on game day, right?
    No coach in the NFL would go into a game with one active QB, o purpose. Using three active QB’s is a waste of a roster spot on game day.

  15. ncm42 says: Jun 12, 2010 12:33 PM

    @mojo – Before he got hurt, I would say somewhere between 25 and 30 NFL teams would have wanted Culpepper…

  16. InBBWeTrust says: Jun 12, 2010 12:36 PM

    azwildcats96 says: June 12, 2010 12:11 PM
    I’m sure McD has a “special package” for Tebow…
    LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL! (seriously I’m laughing out loud.)

  17. razorface says: Jun 12, 2010 12:49 PM

    The American English is “toward.” The British version is “towards.”

  18. promichael says: Jun 12, 2010 12:51 PM

    Josh McDaniels just does not get it yet. He does not have the winning track record of his former boss Bill Bellichick. He has to win soon without a rebuilding process. Not making the playoffs last season and unloading some great NFL talent will not allow him to keep his job without a playoff birth.

  19. TheRedBengal says: Jun 12, 2010 12:52 PM

    Bwa Ha Ha:
    You hit it on the head. At first, I thought the title meant that McD was looking to keep only 2 qb’s. But activating 2 qb’s is what every team does. The 3rd qb, otherwise known as the “emergency qb”, doesn’t count as being on the active 45 man gameday roster, even if his services are needed.
    I really need to apply for a job at NBC. They hire just about any mammal that can type…

  20. mwcarolina says: Jun 12, 2010 1:11 PM

    First let me say that i think if the Broncos are wanting to do that idea (have two passers active) then i believe it will be the starter (Orton) and the 3rd stringer (Tebow) because he can play wildcat and other packages, however, just because he will be playing ahead of Quinn doesnt mean he will be the 2nd option if Orton gets hurt (like one Eagles fan told me last year with Vick and Kolb). I fully believe Tebow’s the project quarterback, Quinn is the backup who may start if either 1) Orton gets hurt or 2) Orton either stinks it up or Quinn plays great in Camp.
    Dixon29 said, “Worst QB situation in all of the NFL. Tim Tebow is a long shot, but probably has a better chance of succeeding than Orton or Quinn.”
    i dont think it’s the worst, at least 2 of those guys have started in the NFL, it could be worse.

  21. ronarch13 says: Jun 12, 2010 1:57 PM

    Sounds like they have the same problem the Browns has last year, a few almost quaterbacks…

  22. HereThere says: Jun 12, 2010 3:00 PM

    I agree with tombrookshire. Quinn couldn’t hack it in Cleveland despite that ignorant, miserable fan base cheering him on. He’s not going to beat out a better QB than DA in Orton.
    As for Billy Barou, what, did Tebow not return your love letters?

  23. Drat says: Jun 12, 2010 3:20 PM

    Moronic. Two “active” QBs is how it works, folks. This would be big news only if the Broncos were looking for one or three active QBs. Or none. Or four.
    Learn football, Rosenthal!

  24. Drat says: Jun 12, 2010 3:28 PM

    Maybe McDaniels is also leaning towards using a ball with points on both ends. Agreeing to play on a 100-yard field, plus endzones. Maybe he’s leaning towards putting 11 players on the field at a time. Maybe he’s leaning towards the idea of having a center snap the ball to start a play. “Leaning towards two active QBs” opens the door for lots of other exciting stories like these. Maybe I’m leaning towards the idea that Rosythunk should be a head coach in the NFL.

  25. winklebean says: Jun 12, 2010 3:33 PM

    haters gonna hate. almost every team has only 2 active QBs on gameday, but with the Broncos it’s a story and a reason to bash McD.

  26. robert ethen says: Jun 12, 2010 4:39 PM

    Josh McDaniels is smarter than all of the other fat old has beens around the league combined if you don’t include Belichik. Broncos got the two best players out of the 2010 draft in Tebow and DeMaryius Thomas.

  27. Vegas Raider says: Jun 12, 2010 5:42 PM

    Can’t wait to beat the crap out of the donkeys for the third year in a row in Denver.

  28. Blk&SlvrSoldier says: Jun 12, 2010 6:07 PM

    God, I absolutely love it!!! The Bronco’s cant tell thier heads from thier rear ends! Chiefs still suck, the broncos suck now too and the chargers are about the same. Looks like da Raidahs are gonna have the afc west well with in reach this year. Poor Broncs are nothing without ol weasel face Shannahan. Losers!!!

  29. I Know More Football Than You says: Jun 12, 2010 6:41 PM

    I’m not sure if anyone really pays attention to football on here.
    Teabow couldn’t throw in the SEC and has worse mechanics than any passer in the league.
    Brady Quinn was inconsistent, mainly because of injuries and piss poor talent around him, but he was way better than Derek Anderson. McDaniels was also a pretty good coach with the Pats. Once Brady Quinn has a good quarterback coach and players around him he will take over.

  30. comment_submission_error says: Jun 12, 2010 7:18 PM

    # Dixon29 says: June 12, 2010 11:41 AM
    Congratulations of being in the worst division because you probably won’t finish last. 6-10 at best, with 4 wins coming over Oakland and Kansas City.
    Denver isn’t going to sweep Oakland and KC. They couldn’t beat Oakland at home last year with JaMarcus driving the garbage truck, and they also lost to the Chiefs at home. Denver could end up dead last in their division this year.

  31. DoesNotCompute says: Jun 12, 2010 8:19 PM

    Dixon, you’re nothing but a true moron…the teams in the AFC West almost always split series meetings, just like all of the divisions.
    Please come back and post something intelligent when you are intelligent about football – until then, shut the F up.
    And the NFL needs to get rid of that loophole – if the 3rd QB isn’t activated for the game, there’s no way he should be allowed to play.

  32. VoxVagina says: Jun 12, 2010 9:39 PM

    @robert ethen
    With all due respect, the two best players of the draft were Suh and McCoy, and the case could be made for Eric Berry, too. Pretty sure the Broncos got none of those guys. Also, McDaniels has done nothing to prove he is among the top head coaches. They were an 8-8 team that collapsed 2 years in a row and then lost their best offensive threats in Marshall and Scheffler. Just because they were in McDaniels’ dog house. I don’t think McD has done anything to warrant the type of praise you just gave him

  33. mwcarolina says: Jun 12, 2010 10:42 PM

    i know more football than you said, “Teabow couldn’t throw in the SEC and has worse mechanics than any passer in the league.”
    Well, he did throw great in the SEC, BUT it’s college, not pros. He’s got poor mechanics and needs to work on them.
    Commentsubmissionerror said, “Denver could end up dead last in their division this year”
    yeah, they could, or they could finish on top of the West, anything can happen you know. What if Quinn surprises and takes the job and looks great like Cassel did?? We will see, they could finish last or first or second or third.
    RobertEthan said, “Josh McDaniels is smarter than all of the other fat old has beens around the league combined if you don’t include Belichik. Broncos got the two best players out of the 2010 draft in Tebow and DeMaryius Thomas”
    You HAVE to be joking. Tim Tebow is a project, a project Quarterback isn’t the best player in the 2010 draft, Thomas is an unknown as a number one reciever. I think Golden Tate will be better than Thomas, anyways, those two arent the best. The best was either Suh, Bradford or Eric Berry.

  34. Defx says: Jun 13, 2010 2:23 AM

    azwildcats96 says: “I’m sure McD has a “special package” for Tebow…”
    I have to admit, you got me with that one. lol!

  35. marjo says: Jun 13, 2010 9:16 AM

    Dixon29 says:
    “Worst QB situation in all of the NFL. ”
    Unfamiliar with the Browns are we?

  36. rolli1967 says: Jun 15, 2010 3:28 AM

    Quinn to win!

  37. frostymugobeer says: Jun 15, 2010 10:29 AM

    WOW ! seems some of you already know who the best players from the draft are ,when none have played a single down in the nfl.
    amazing….you should be the highest paid scouts in the country.
    and to think all the teams that actually drafted these guys are so dumb they still don’t know if the player’s will even be in the league in 2-3 years.
    p.s. raiders fans,
    please don’t start talking about winning the division.let’s see if your pathetic team can finally “crack” the 6 win mark first !

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