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Broncos make it official: Kyle Orton is the starting quarterback

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Coach John Fox made official what had been apparent since early in Broncos camp: Kyle Orton is his starting quarterback.

Orton was announced as the Week One starter by Fox on Monday, per the Denver Post. Fox would not declare a backup quarterback, with the Brady Quinn-Tim Tebow battle still ongoing. Quinn looks like the slight favorite.

The announcement completes a remarkable four weeks for Orton.  It wasn’t so long ago that Orton helped to scuttle a possible trade to the Dolphins by making it clear he didn’t want to re-do his contract.

Orton bet that he could beat out Tim Tebow for Denver’s starting job if he just got the chance to practice, and he was right. Now Orton gets big money in 2011, a starting gig, and free agency next year.

The Broncos will likely have to stay around .500 for Orton to keep his job, and the start to the season looks manageable.  Denver opens with home games against the Bengals and Raiders before traveling to Tennessee and Green Bay.

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41 Responses to “Broncos make it official: Kyle Orton is the starting quarterback”
  1. FinFan68 says: Aug 22, 2011 3:09 PM

    Quinn is trade-bait for the first team that loses a starter without a viable back-up.

  2. cakemixa says: Aug 22, 2011 3:11 PM

    Yay, our daily update on Tebow’s position on the depth chart. Does this mean its the last story you’ll post on this since it is official now?

  3. jjackwagon says: Aug 22, 2011 3:11 PM

    SURPRISE!!!!!

  4. seytonmanning says: Aug 22, 2011 3:12 PM

    in other news albert haynesworth still fat,jamarcus russell worthless,and diet dr. pepper really doesent taste like regular dr. pepper

  5. gweetarman says: Aug 22, 2011 3:14 PM

    Duh.

  6. steelerhypocrite says: Aug 22, 2011 3:14 PM

    Will the Broncos also admit that they only drafted Tebow to sell more jerseys? I mean, the guy sucks really bad…you know they wanted to create more of a buzz around this pathetic team.

    Maybe horse-face can trade him to Indy, where he can learn from Peyton…say for a 7th round pick (that’s probably too high of a pick).

  7. gadzod says: Aug 22, 2011 3:15 PM

    I could have told you that way before week one of the preseason. Tebow and Quinn are light years behind Orton. I just wish the Broncos would have fallen to temptation and accepted a late round pick to my Bills or something. That would have been a blessing. It’s kinda crazy how Broncos fans still want Tebow starting. It makes no sense……

  8. boltdaddy says: Aug 22, 2011 3:21 PM

    I am certainly not a Bronco’s fan however it is great to see a role model type player force managements hand with solid play. Good for you Kyle Orton, you just showed the league players how to take control of their situation, outplay their plans. Congratulation KO for what it is worth you have my respect and I don’t cheer for your team.

  9. damnyoulinelliot says: Aug 22, 2011 3:22 PM

    Put your #15 jerseys back, Tebow believers.

  10. damnyoulinelliot says: Aug 22, 2011 3:25 PM

    “Aw, man. We wanted Tebow.”

    -Signed,
    Chiefs defense
    Chargers defense
    Raiders defense

  11. ramofsteel says: Aug 22, 2011 3:28 PM

    Anyone notice that the Broncos have 2 1st round QBs fighting for a backup spot to Kyle Orton?

  12. hobartbaker says: Aug 22, 2011 3:29 PM

    “We want Orton! We want Orton! We want Orton!”.

  13. tombradyswig says: Aug 22, 2011 3:33 PM

    additionally noted…

    sky and sea are both blue

  14. august589 says: Aug 22, 2011 3:38 PM

    I think this was a foregone conclusion once camp started. However, let’s wait and see how Orton does leading the Broncos to touchdowns instead of field goals.

  15. nationalmediacansuckit says: Aug 22, 2011 3:41 PM

    In another ground breaking story living people actually breathe and open their mouths when they talk.

  16. trigzter says: Aug 22, 2011 3:42 PM

    tebow will be out of the league in a few years

  17. trbowman says: Aug 22, 2011 3:42 PM

    Ahead of Brady Quinn? C’mon, man.

  18. citiciti says: Aug 22, 2011 3:43 PM

    Orton-Quinn-Tebow-aaaaaaaaaa I’ll take Orton I guess I should be a G.M. What a joke.

  19. 1donkeyfan says: Aug 22, 2011 3:47 PM

    I’m sure Quinn is more than a “Slight Favorite” for the #2 spot.

  20. brdnc says: Aug 22, 2011 3:48 PM

    With John Fox as coach (and, as a Panthers fan I watched him for 9 years), there was no other possible outcome. And no, Tebow fans, if the Broncos go 1-14, Fox will not play Tebow in the final game, just to see if Tebow may have potential. Fox just simply isn’t wired that way. (Unless of course Elway threatens to disconnect the wires).

  21. normswifevera says: Aug 22, 2011 3:54 PM

    “the start to the season looks manageable. Denver opens with home games against the Bengals and Raiders before traveling to Tennessee and Green Bay.”

    By “manageable”, you mean 1-3 with a shot at 0-4?

  22. hanktheking says: Aug 22, 2011 3:57 PM

    Let’s clear something up here, John Elway, AKA “Horseface”, AKA the only QB not named Brady or Montana to win back to back superbowls in the last 2 decades (this is why you hate), DID NOT draft Tim Tebow, we all know who did that.

    Elway wants Andrew Luck, badly. But he’s not willing to be the worst team this season in order to do it. Either way, starting Orton for one more season is a no lose situation considering the Broncos are rebuilding.

  23. americankris says: Aug 22, 2011 4:01 PM

    Orton is11 and 19 as the Broncos starter hes a bum

  24. thephantomstranger says: Aug 22, 2011 4:01 PM

    Denver opens with home games against the Bengals and Raiders before traveling to Tennessee and Green Bay.
    ________

    Sounds like 4-0 to me.

  25. feldman9000 says: Aug 22, 2011 4:03 PM

    If the media knew anything about John Fox, one he never says anything ever, and two he hates young QBs. As soon as he was hired, I knew Orton was the guy.

  26. willjasper says: Aug 22, 2011 4:09 PM

    The most anti-climatic story this year.

    Denver better lock up Orton sometime this year for the long haul or else he’ll be a Raider next year and kicking their asses twice a year for the next decade.

  27. steelerhypocrite says: Aug 22, 2011 4:16 PM

    hanktheking says:

    Let’s clear something up here, John Elway, AKA “Horseface”, AKA the only QB not named Brady or Montana to win back to back superbowls in the last 2 decades (this is why you hate), DID NOT draft Tim Tebow, we all know who did that.

    Did you forget about Aikman?

    Besides, I didn’t rip on Elway for ‘drafting’ him…I just said that Horse-face should realize what he has (a bucket of puke), and try trading him while he still has 7th round value.

  28. souldogdave says: Aug 22, 2011 4:16 PM

    The Raiders will demolish the Broncos.Take that to the bank.The best they could hope for is 2-2.I mean, how have they improved?Changing defenses?They dodged a bullet by benching Tebow, but their RB just popped his knee and is gone for the year…the new one anyway.Elvis has left the building, they’re gonna reek this year. Bottom of the division again, dollars to donuts.

  29. jasonbournepe says: Aug 22, 2011 4:18 PM

    Neckbeard Orton was, is, and always will be an average QB that never starts a playoff game. Maybe if Tebow prays an tries hard enough, he’ll make the team as a 3rd sting emergency QB.

  30. cured76 says: Aug 22, 2011 4:21 PM

    So now do we have to get a ton of stories on PFT about how Tebow is trying to work his way up from the #3 QB spot? It’s a waste of time making stories about a dude who isn’t playing. The dude gets a lot of press but he just can’t lead an NFL offense.

  31. kingdm8 says: Aug 22, 2011 4:37 PM

    And… In other news, ice is cold and fire is hot.

  32. frankrizzo51 says: Aug 22, 2011 4:56 PM

    When Orton was here in Chicago I thought he could have a long career as a back-up. He was okay when the Bears were able to block for him. Once the 0-line got bad, it turned into a game of hot potato.

  33. americankris says: Aug 22, 2011 5:03 PM

    Orton is a 7 year vet with 0 playoff wins once again a bum send him too send him too Seattle , and Send Quinn to Miami

  34. stinkfingers says: Aug 22, 2011 5:30 PM

    Was there EVER any doubt? I didnt think so.

  35. broncfanor says: Aug 22, 2011 5:35 PM

    The only people who are happy to see Orton named the starter are those who have no vision of the future of the franchise.

    All they can see is how those 6-8 wins Orton may come up with will fill their immediate needs.

    They fail to realize all this does is further set back the future of the QB position in Denver.

    Orton and Quinn are both gone at the end of the year and are not really long term solutions.

    Although it’s all really moot seeing as they will draft another QB in the first round next year.

  36. briang123 says: Aug 22, 2011 5:50 PM

    Don’t worry Denver fans. You got the guy who led you to the second-worst record in football last year as your clear-cut starter.

  37. bigbeefyd says: Aug 22, 2011 6:00 PM

    americankris says:
    Aug 22, 2011 4:01 PM
    Orton is11 and 19 as the Broncos starter hes a bum

    Dude, Kyle doesn’t play defense. Our pitiful D last year and the year before is the reason that we lost so many games. Watch a game now and then before you make inane comments.

  38. bucsfan5000 says: Aug 22, 2011 7:16 PM

    “The Broncos will likely have to stay around .500 for Orton to keep his job, and the start to the season looks manageable. Denver opens with home games against the Bengals and Raiders before traveling to Tennessee and Green Bay.”

    0-4 looks really good for the Broncos, maybe 0-5 or 0-6. If that happens, Fox won’t switch to Tebow or Quinn unless something happens to Orton. I’m a Bucs fan and they played against Fox twice a year, who hates young quarterbacks and doesn’t like to make QB changes.

  39. barklikeadog says: Aug 22, 2011 7:56 PM

    How’s that Hillis trade looking?

  40. granadafan says: Aug 22, 2011 8:11 PM

    Merril Hodge is smug right now. Cue the Gator fans

  41. orangeinmyblood says: Aug 23, 2011 1:11 AM

    All of a sudden, the Bubby Brister era brings back fond memories….

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