Last night was clearly a tough loss for our team and for all of us. There are many different angles that I could take in exploring what went wrong that I will forego for the sake of brevity. My one thought that I was left with is this:
After supporting the idea that Orton should be our starter for this year to allow Tebow time to develop, I have flipped positions based upon the entirety of the offensive performance last night.
What led up to my change of opinion was that last night I observed that Orton has not made any sort of a jump this year beyond his performance level the past two years. He can move the ball, but has a great amount of difficulty getting touchdowns in the red zone. I concede that he is a much more polished QB than Tebow, and he is able to move it between the 20s better than Tebow (and that the line played atrociously last evening and that our running game was laughable), but at some point we have to look to score TD's.
Tebow may not be the guy who can score TDs. He may not be a great pro QB. Frankly, I have a lot of questions about whether or not he can ever be an effective passer, but my reasons for changing to Tebow are simple and two-fold (please note, they are not based upon my confidence that Tebow will amount to anything):
- Orton is at his level of potential, and that level lacks three of the most important characteristics of a great QB: red zone efficiency, 3rd down efficiency, and resilience in the 4th quarter.
- Tebow is not yet at his level of potential. If he starts and does well, we know that we can move forward with him. If not, we can draft one of the excellent QB prospects that are expected to leave college this year.
Please feel free to fire away, but also please be charitable to one another in the comments and realize that we are all cheering for the same team. Level-headedness, although extremely difficult to achieve, is an ally in frustrating circumstances. This is my humble attempt to work from reason rather than emotion. What are your thoughts?