All this debate currently going on about Tebow, Orton and surprisingly Quinn is way too premature. Everyone who calls themselves a Bronco’s fan KNOWS that Tebow simply does not perform in practice anywhere near as well as he does in Games. Now, I’m not going to go into the reasons for that here, but what I am going to do, is try to calm down some overly excited/anxious Bronco’s fans.
Let me start off by saying that I am one of Tebow’s biggest supporters. I loved watching him play in college and I was thrilled when our Bronco’s picked him last year. That being said, I do not want Tebow to play if it is going to hurt our beloved Broncos. If Orton(or Quinn) TRULY is the better answer, not just for now but for at least the short term future, then I begrudgingly say so be it. The problem with everyone getting so worked up already is that we STILL have NO IDEA who is better for the Broncos. A week of practice is not going to settle the argument. The ONLY way to tell, is to see the product ON THE FIELD in a game. I agree that practice is VERY important. Without a doubt! As a Staff Sergeant in the Army, currently on my third deployment, I KNOW the importance of rehearsals(practice) and making things become “muscle memory”, which simply means your body carries out the necessary tasks without you having to think about it. The only way to gain “muscle memory” is through practicing those “tasks” over and over and OVER. So please don’t think that I am minimizing practice. I’m not. Without getting into the reasons why, Tebow just performs at a much higher level when the stakes are high. It seems that the higher the stakes, the higher his performance. Orton on the other hand, practices VERY well. He knows the job, and what he needs to do to accomplish the job and in a controlled environment he EXCELS! The problem with Orton is that I have yet to see him carry over that practice “excellence” into “crunch time” production. He is a very good, possibly even great, QB in the first three quarters or the first two downs, but if we reach 3rd and long, or a 4th quarter deficit, he has rarely shown the ability to elevate his game to the situation and in reality his performance has shrunk in crunch time. The question then becomes would we prefer a QB who will play very good, possibly even great, in practice and for the first three quarters but disappears when things get rough? Or would we prefer a QB who doesn’t look great in practice or during the course of a game, but when the chips are down he finds a way to elevate not only himself but the players around him? Orton has not shown the ability to make a bad team win(Broncos), yet he has shown that on a good team he can lead them to victory(Bears). Tebow on the other hand has shown that he can take an underachieving or bad team and lead them to victory. To me that is the question between Orton and Tebow. Orton will probably not lose us very many games on his own, but he will not win us very many games on his own either. With a good defense and a lead he’s an excellent QB. With Tebow we will probably find ourselves in some "nail biters" against teams that we should have "whooped" and will inevitably loose some of those close ones, but he will also win some games for us that we had no business being in. When the going gets tough, Tebow will get the team going. These observations are based on GAME film from last year. As for this year I think we HAVE to wait until the preseason games and see how each QB(Quinn included) plays in the GAME. If Tebow again shows his penchant for “bringing it” on game day and Orton performs at the same level as last year then I think we have to hand the job to Tebow. However, If Tebow continues to have poor performances once the games(pre-season) start, then I think we have to start Orton or Quinn. So let’s all step off of the ledge for a minute and let this competition develop and wait to pass judgment until we see how they perform once the games start. That is the ONLY way we are going to have a clear picture of who deserves to start. On a side note, I think the current situation is why EFX was trying to ship Orton out before camp. I have a feeling they knew that Orton would look much better in practice and put the team in the situation that it is in now. I also think they feel that once the game starts and when the game is on the line, Tebow will give us a better chance to win.