It's been a while since I wrote something about the Broncos and I have had a lot on my mind.
This offseason (before the draft) was highlighted by two things Brandon Marshall and the Brady Quinn trade. I was against trading Brandon Marshall unless we got a 1st rounder in the 2010 draft but hindsight is 20/20 and considering the recent revelation of the other side of his hip needing surgery I believe we got good value for Brandon Marshall.
Acquiring Brady Quinn at first was a bit perplexing but at the time it made sense. Peyton Hillis for whatever reason wasn't working out for the Broncos and considering we have up a RB/FB we weren't going to use and a late round pick in the 2011 draft I believe we got a steal. Brady Quinn as we all know is the ideal QB for Josh McDaniels offensive system, has tools and experience in a distant cousin of this system. From the OTA reports it seems Quinn can indeed flourish in this system.
If the Broncos' 2010 draft had theme it would be "Diamonds in the rough". For most of out key positions we drafted for there's need for polish. Let's start off with our first pick Demaryius Thomas. His biggest weakness (aside from injury) was his route running. The safe bet if you wanted a immediate starter would've been Dez Bryant. This is what Thomas has; fantastic speed, great hands, great football knowledge and he is very physical. Looking at face value it seems to me that Thomas he has a higher ceiling than Bryant. It'll just take work to get there. This is the same case with our other draft picks notably Zane Beadles (technique), Tebow (I'll discuss below) and Perrish Cox.
The QB situation is a good problem to have (I think). I do not think Tebow was planned a long to be a Denver Bronco but after meeting Tebow and having a private workout McX fell in love with him. When Pat Bowlen said he wanted to bring in a young QB to groom I believe that Quinn was brought in for that. Tebow just happened to throw a wrench in the initial plan.
I like Kyle Orton, he seems like a guy I can have a beer with and shoot the breeze with. He's a good QB, but not a great one that would get us over the hump to greatness. The best way I would describe him is that Kyle Orton is the Honda Accord of QBs; he'll get us there but reliably but is nothing special. Quinn has a higher ceiling so maybe he's some type of BMW, since he has that type of moxie coaches like (from what I've read on the camp reports). Tim Tebow appears to have it all. It looks like he's the real deal since he was able to change his throwing motion and is living up to his coach-ability. Tebow has the potential to be Steve Young in a Tight End's body and to me that is exciting. I think Quinn will start for us in Jacksonville and Orton will be traded during Training Camp to a QB needy team (Think Rams or Buffalo) for at least a 3rd rounder.
That's all I got, what do you guys think?