The Broncos lost on Sunday so you could have probably guessed that John Fox was going to get a question about his quarterbacks on Monday.
Fox did get that question and he answered it the same way that he has answered it all season long. Per Lindsay Jones of the Denver Post, he expressed confidence in Kyle Orton and gave no signal that the team is contemplating a change under center.
“Right now, in our opinion, Kyle gives us the best chance to win.”
Fox went on to say that he couldn’t predict the future so he wasn’t going to answer any questions about what might make him change his mind about what quarterback gives the team the best chance to win. Orton was 24-of-39 for 173 yards and two touchdowns in the 17-14 loss to the Titans. He also threw two picks, one on a deep ball to Eric Decker and another on a tipped ball on third-and-11 in the fourth quarter to end the final Broncos drive inside Tennessee territory.
Despite those picks, it is hard to pin the loss entirely on Orton’s shoulders. The team had four plays from the Titans two-yard-line early in the fourth quarter, ran Willis McGahee on the last three of them and couldn’t punch the ball in to put themselves up 21-10. Later in the fourth, the Broncos defense allowed the Titans to go 95 yards for the go-ahead touchdown, including a 58-yard pass play to tight end Craig Stevens. The defense gave up 311 passing yards overall, a big reason why the Titans were able to come back and win the game down the stretch.
Orton needs to be better, without a doubt, but it is hard to make a convincing argument that Tim Tebow would have won this game for the team. We know plenty of Broncos fans feel differently, but the loss was about a lot more than just the play of Orton.