Tebow Time: Why Kyle Orton Has No Business Starting for the Denver Broncos

Jason DanielCorrespondent ISeptember 21, 2011

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 18:  Fans dispaly a sign in support of quarterback Kyle Orton #8 of the Denver Broncos as the Broncos defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 24-22 at Invesco Field at Mile High on September 18, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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I understand that the title of this article alone has already infuriated most of you, so allow me to clarify a few things first.

No, I am not a Tebow-loving homer that thinks he is the second coming of John Elway.

I do not hate Kyle Orton or the demeanor and production he has brought to this Denver team.

The title of this article is no mistake. Kyle Orton has no business starting for this team. Allow me to elaborate.

My stance is very simple. I am a die-hard Broncos fan that would love to say this team is going to do great things this year, but they aren't. We have already lost about half of our starters as we head into Week 3, and our epic struggle to stop Andy Dalton and the young Bengals was an eye-opener.

The reason Kyle Orton should not be starting for this team is strictly business. His contract is going to expire at the end of the season, and you would figure if the Broncos wanted to re-sign him they would have done so by now. His contract was only extended an extra year in the first place because McDaniels admitted Tebow was not where he wanted him to be, and it would likely take an extra year to get him there.

When we consider whether or not Kyle Orton will be signed to a new contract before the year is up, we have to realize that the Broncos record is probably the biggest indicator of whether or not that is going to happen. We have to assume that if he leads the Broncos to a playoff berth, he will be re-signed before that even happens. If we get to the midway point and the Broncos have 2-3 wins, it makes zero sense to continue starting Orton.

I am going to take the stance that we aren't going to make the playoffs, and even if we win our weak division, we will still probably get smashed (see Chiefs, last year). If we are going to pay Orton as much as we are to lose games, it makes more sense to cut him and let Tebow take over.

Many experts have said that, in a perfect world, the Broncos will win 8 games. The only difference between 8 wins with Orton and 4 with Tebow is the lower draft picks we will be entitled to, along with the fact that we still won't know what we have in Tim Tebow.

At this point, doesn't it make more sense to win 4 games with Tebow and possibly 8 next year with Tebow as well, as opposed to 8 with Orton and 4 next year with Tebow? One thing nobody has even addressed is whether or not Orton wants to come back. If you were leading your team down the field for a score against a division rival and the crowd was chanting your backup's name, would you want to come back?

If Tebow completely bombs and we end up being the worst team in the league, consider that Luck. Now we know where Tebow stands, and we have the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. Two birds, one stone.