Fox was asked about it after the game, when reporters wondered whether the reason to give Tebow only one play was that they were behind the Packers and needed Orton’s passing to catch up.
“That, and we did it once and we lost yardage,” Fox said. “That wasn’t all on him by any stretch, but it didn’t prove to be beneficial, so we went in a different direction.”
But the thing is, the legions of Broncos fans who want Tebow to get a chance don’t just want Fox to put Tebow in for one play and pull him if that one play doesn’t work. They want to see what the Broncos’ offense would look like if Tebow were running it. For an entire game, not for a play or even a series.
Fox, however, says he’s not even considering benching Orton for Tebow.
“We feel Kyle Orton is our starting quarterback,” Fox said. “We need our starting quarterback to get experience for us to improve. That’s the idea behind that. You know he needs to get better in our system. I know he gets judged on the past couple of years, but we’re trying to get him better in our system and use that experience to get better.”
Orton, whose 80.9 passer rating puts him in a tie with Donovan McNabb for 17th in the NFL, needs to get a lot better before Broncos fans will be able to accept Fox’s apparently firm decision that Tebow will remain on the bench.