John Fox says Kyle Orton is Broncos’ starter

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In a somewhat surprising statement at the NFL Scouting Combine, Broncos coach John Fox named his starting quarterback: Kyle Orton.

“As far as I’m concerned, he’s under contract and he’s the starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos,” Fox said of Orton, according to multiple reporters passing along his comments on Twitter. “Kyle Orton is our starter.”

Fox downplayed the possibility that Orton could be traded.

That comment comes less than a week after Orton said he had barely heard from Fox and had no idea what his future held in Denver. Those comments suggested that Fox wasn’t overly enthusiastic about keeping Orton around.

But this week’s report that Tim Tebow doesn’t have much support in Denver suggests that Orton won’t be losing his job to last year’s first-round draft pick. Fox’s comments today would seem to confirm that.

Of course, it’s entirely possible that Fox will feel differently six or seven months from now (or whenever the NFL season starts) than he does at the moment. But as of right now, Fox is saying that Orton, not Tebow, is his guy.

53 responses to “John Fox says Kyle Orton is Broncos’ starter

  1. Bad idea. Orton is NOT the future in Denver. Tebow is going to be at the very least a better QB than Orton – especially if a new labor deal is reached and he has the benefit of a full off season as a starter.

    I hope Fox is just trying to up some trade value for Orton.

  2. Chiefs, Chargers, and Raiders fan should be thrilled at this news. So should fantasy owners as Orton will still throw for his usual 3 4th quarter garbage time TDs after the Broncos fall behind 31-3.

  3. All this means is that John Fox is confident there will be a strike this year. So technically, Fox is saying that Orton will be the starter on a team that isn’t even going to play. I wonder what John knows that we don’t!

  4. Any qualified NFL coach would choose Orten over Teblows. Cue the hate from the donk fans. The only folks you hear clammering for Tebow to start are fans, haven’t heard or read one statement from an NFL head coach – ANY – saying the golden boy should be a starter at QB. The only snap he should be taking is the one from the long snapper on field goals and PAT’s.

  5. If this is true I honestly hope they cancel the 2011 season. As a Bronco fan I CANNOT stomach another season of Ordinary Orton.

  6. I know the wins weren’t there but is Orton really that bad? I don’t even remember seeing the Broncos on the Redzone channel this year.

  7. Or we could accept that coaches are kind of like politicians…’cause Fox goes on to say that today Orton is the starter but he can’t predict who is the starter for week 1.

    In other words may it go to the best man.

  8. orton isnt the starter. He’s eye candy though…the guy makes passes and doesnt lose games. He’s trade bait.

  9. Shocker. Anyone who has followed the Panthers the last 9 years knew this was coming. Foxy LOVES vets. Especially at QB. See Peete, Rodney and Delhomme, Jake. I tweeted the day Foxy was announced that he would be the death of Tebow. Stay tuned….

  10. Orton sucks and he definitely isn’t working as hard as Tebow day in and day out. Tebow is gaining on him everyday. By August, Tebow will be way better than Orton hears a boo.

  11. Even Champ Baliey in an interview said he would like to see Tebow start. I think Orton started whining, which caused Fox to say this to keep his trade value up. If Orton kept whining and said that he wanted out of Denver, he’d barely be worth a 7th round pick with all of that money McDaniels signed him to next season.

  12. whatever82 says:
    Or we could accept that coaches are kind of like politicians…’cause Fox goes on to say that today Orton is the starter but he can’t predict who is the starter for week 1.

    In other words may it go to the best man.

    ………………………………………………………………………………
    Scratch out “kinda”. In the offseason, especially this offseason coaches are politicians.
    Tebow sells jerseys. Energizes his fan base, along with his teammates and oh yeah…HE WINS FOOTBALL GAMES.
    I urge all Tebow haters to listen to Tebow Mic’d up on soundfx against the Texans. I don’t hear that passion from Jason Campbell ( raiders fans).Oh by the way he WON the game after being down 17 points. Don’t see a lot of that coming out of Mr. Campbell either.

  13. fin72:

    NOW that was funny….can you just imagine how many people WOULD be in church the Sunday after if this really happened…lol…

  14. There are a ton of so called Broncos fans who are really just Tebow fans. They expose themselves when they say they will quit supporting the team if The Chosen One doesn’t start.

  15. ummm, John. Not a great way to endear yourself to Bronco fans. For your sake I really hope you are smokescreening.

  16. You can be a Broncos fan and NOT support Orton. As a matter of fact I find you even more of a fan for realizing Orton SUCKS and will NEVER take Denver anywhere.

  17. I don’t know why people would think he’s blowing smoke. Fox has a strong track record of favoring vets over young talent, to his demise in Carolina I’d argue.

  18. Tebow energizes a desperate fan base and sells jerseys to religious radicals. You won’t hear any Raiders fans calling Jason Campbell the savior or buying any of his gear so your comparison doesn’t wash. Unless you want to compare when the two played against each other last season and Campbell won. So maybe the statement that all he does is win games needs an asterisk that reads “except against the Raiders”. BTW – glad to see you resigned Bailey because we have owned that guy ever since Jerry Porter burned him for 3 TD’s in a snowstorm. Jerry freaking Porter!

  19. I don’t think there is anything wrong with keeping a veteran who plays at an average level while you groom the QB of the future. You know Tebow has been busting his tail to become a better passer and won’t make a big stink about developing on the sidelines. They are not going to be very good next year so why let Tim take a beating.

  20. Denver, welcome to John Fox football. We had to sit through too many years of Jake Delhomme. Now it looks like he has taken his decision making abilities with him to Denver.

    Get ready for years of frustration at a coach who is loyal to a bad QB.

    For all of you who thinks he is doing this to generate trade value, forget it. This is just the way he is. He NEVER had competition at QB in Carolina. He will sit on an average or below average QB his entire career.

  21. @r8rsfan

    YO HOMIE WHAT THE DEAL WAS WITH TEBOW CARVING UP YOUR GROSSLY OVERPAID DEFENSE FOR 78 YDS ON THE GROUND ALONE! ( including thrashing you up the middle for 40+ yards)
    Im a phin fan, but I can promos you this, Tebow will destroy the raiders for years to come. Even when you move into your fancy new L.A. stadium.

    P.s. Desperate fanbase…..Ill check Forbes again but Im pretty sure denver is in the top ten in every category year-in-year-out. Oakland was 23rd it think. ( Referring to overall profit which is predicated on fanbase )
    Oakland sucks. Denver is cool. Bottom line.

  22. doggz109 says:”Tebow is going to be at the very least a better QB than Orton”

    How so? I dont know if anyone noticed but the Broncos problems werent at QB last year. The only reason Tebow played at all was because the season was in the drain, Orton had a very good season for the most part.

  23. I know its weird for Raider Fans to here a head coach make a decision on who the Qb will be on a football team and not some Owner that can’t even Decide who the coach is Going to be every year. I would think You Raider IbomiNation FanS would be the woNs calling For that second pick to take CaM newton. I saw your Black Hole fans sweating when first time starter Ran that 40 yard Td. Give the Boy time and he will Be fine and the raiders will still be looking for another head coach!

  24. Hey Bronco Fan !!! Good Luck with that !!! Tebow better run out of town if he wants any chance being a winner at the pro level. Fox can coach up a defense and suck the life out of an offense.

    This is the guy that struck lighting with Jake Delhomme for 2 magical seasons. When the offensive underachieved it was all blamed on Dan Henning for “conservative play calling”. The reality is it was Fox calling the plays and riding Jake way too long. Remember the Cardinal playoff game? The the same act in the Eagle game. By the way, Henning went on to implement the “Wildcat” in Miami, it was not him making those conservative play calls in Carolina.

  25. Never fear Bronco’s fans! Tebow will be your starter because with a quarterback who can run like that Fox can now fully implement his wishbone offense and never have to throw a forward pass again.

    I can feel the excitement from here!

  26. Of course fox is going to say that. if he said tebow is the starter than ortons stock declines. this is the typical off-season smoke screens all clubs and coaches say.

  27. Having watched every Bronocos game Orton has Started the two things that stick out are his inability to make ANYTHING happen under pressure(inescapability) and his propensity to choke when the game is on the line. He had numerous chances in the 4th quarter this year and really didn’t make much of them…He’s pretty good when he can stand back in the pocket and let loose…

    Watching Tebow make things happen when things break down is something that reminds me of Jake or Elway..the last to QB’s to win Playoff games for the Broncos…and Maybe Tebow isn’t the future but I know it’s not ORTON

  28. Kyle orton is better than Tebow at the moment. So im not shocked about him taking the starting spot back.

  29. Elway does not think that Tebow is the answer and they will use this first round pick on a QB to develop while Orton continues to start. Mark my words: Tebow will be traded to the Dolphins for their first round pick……

  30. Anyone who thinks Orton had a good season needs to stop looking at stats and start looking at what he did for the team which is NOTHING.

    He chokes in the red zone, he panics in the pocket, he folds under pressure and he can’t win from behind.

    Orton is a glorified back up.

  31. Maybe Miami or Jacksonville would be dumb enough to take Tebow off your hands Denver like Mcdaniels was dumb enough to give us Peyton Hillis for Brady Quinn.?!?

    Signed: Mike “Colt McCoy is the guy !” Holmgren

  32. Yup – Tebow had a nice run up the middle for a 40 yard score. First game of his career, no tape to watch, no game plan. That worked one time but not in any game after. If he keeps running like that he’ll end on IR. Look, I have nothing against Tebow. I appreciate his passion for the game. I just can’t believe how much the donk fans are sold on him, and most of it seems to be because he’s religious and comes across as this guy who’s pre-ordained by the Lord to win championships. I’ll just take a step back, watch you folks work yourselves into a frenzy and get drunk on Tebow kool-aid and wait for the inevitable crash.

  33. davedascenzo says: Feb 24, 2011 1:27 PM

    Delhomme for 2 magical seasons. When the offensive underachieved it was all blamed on Dan Henning for “conservative play calling”. The reality is it was Fox calling the plays and riding Jake way too long. Remember the Cardinal playoff game? The the same act in the Eagle game. By the way, Henning went on to implement the “Wildcat” in Miami, it was not him making those conservative play calls in Carolina.”

    As a Dolphins fans I can say with 100% certainty that you’re wrong.

    A. Henning did not implement the Wildcat in Miami. It was David Lee & Tony Sparano

    B. Henning IS a conservative play caller. Miami’s offense was VERY conservative and Henning was calling the plays. His offense dates back to the 50’s & admitted as such in a late season interview with the ‘phins before he was allowed to walk away.

    Would you like to try again?

  34. A few of you make good points now and then. However for the most part, you all have the IQ of an after-dinner mint.

    Why don’t you stop trying to convince bloggers that your teams the best…this one sucks….that one is the greatest….all that nonsense.

    Talk football.

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