Broncos coach John Fox and front office boss John Elway both say that right now, Kyle Orton is their starting quarterback.
But as Mike Klis of the Denver Post points out, right now there’s no football being played. And Klis writes that the indications out of Denver are that when football is being played, Tim Tebow will be the Broncos’ starting quarterback.
According to Klis, Orton’s only real hope of being the starter in Week One is if there’s a work stoppage lasting long enough that NFL training camps are shortened. In that situation, Fox might feel like he has no choice to go with the experienced Orton over the untested Tebow.
If a deal gets done soon enough that the Broncos have close to a full offseason to install their offense, however, Tebow would probably start — and the Broncos would probably try to trade Orton.
So if a deal between the owners and the players’ union gets done soon, that deal will likely lead to the end of the Orton era in Denver.