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11:04 AM ET 09.18 | Today's game against the Bengals might not be a must-win for the Broncos, but it is for Kyle Orton. If the Broncos can't win at home against the Raiders or Bengals, the logic for starting Orton at quarterback falls apart. Win today and Orton buys himself more time as the Broncos try to figure out whether they are competing for something other than the Andrew Luck sweepstakes. Lose another winnable game at home and the logic for starting him crumbles. Whether Tim Tebow would be an improvement remains a subject of furious debate, but this much seems clear: If the Broncos can't beat the Raiders or Bengals at home behind Orton, they might as well find out.

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September 18, 2011  11:07 AM ET

Considering Timmy is #3 on the depth chart, the question should be whether Brady Quinn would be an improvement...Of course that question has already been answered, but protocols must be observed.

September 18, 2011  11:10 AM ET

They should have traded them when they had the chance. Might have gotten something for him.

September 18, 2011  11:12 AM ET

I'm trying to decide who is worse - Denver or KC.

September 18, 2011  11:13 AM ET

They've really bungled things in Denver. Nothing sinks a team quicker than a QB controversy.

September 18, 2011  11:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

They should have traded them when they had the chance. Might have gotten something for him.

You're right on with that, Stu....Soon after the contract was signed, there was enough chaos to have gotten something in value from any or all of Denver's reputed QBs...OK, that's a bit unfair...Orton *isn't* that bad.

I guess the Post can't accept the fact that excluding QBs, Oakland and Cincinnati might just be better teams than the Donkeys. If they are, then why is it a fatal flaw for Orton if they lose both?

September 18, 2011  11:15 AM ET

*contract = CBA

September 18, 2011  11:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

They should have traded them when they had the chance. Might have gotten something for him.

agreed. They asked for a 2nd rounder and that's just a little too much.

September 18, 2011  11:22 AM ET

Like Orton is the whole problem, anyway.

September 18, 2011  11:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

You're right on with that, Stu....Soon after the contract was signed, there was enough chaos to have gotten something in value from any or all of Denver's reputed QBs...OK, that's a bit unfair...Orton *isn't* that bad.I guess the Post can't accept the fact that excluding QBs, Oakland and Cincinnati might just be better teams than the Donkeys. If they are, then why is it a fatal flaw for Orton if they lose both?

What was the comment? "Orton is just good enough to lose" I think it wasNot like he's the worst qb in the league but he sure ain't the best either

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September 18, 2011  11:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

What was the comment? "Orton is just good enough to lose" I think it wasNot like he's the worst qb in the league but he sure ain't the best either

I'm not sure Oakland wouldn't be better off trading Campbell for Orton straight up. Orton's a better game manager and Jason isn't exactly lighting up the skies with his arm.

September 18, 2011  11:44 AM ET

This whole situation is a wonderful cover-up/misdirection. Start Orton, start Tebow, start Quinn ... it won't matter because the defense can't stop a nose from running.

September 18, 2011  11:56 AM ET

oh just start tebow already

September 18, 2011  12:05 PM ET

they already found out and that's why he's 3rd string....Brady would have a hard time going .500 on this team...it's turrible

September 18, 2011  12:11 PM ET

Orton, while he is no Tom Brady is still probably their best bet to win some games.

September 18, 2011  12:17 PM ET

Game two of the season and it's already a must win? come on!

September 18, 2011  12:21 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Game two of the season and it's already a must win? come on!

I don't see how this is a must win.

Even if Kyle Orton breaks franchise records the fans will still hate him.

September 18, 2011  12:28 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

I don't see how this is a must win.Even if Kyle Orton breaks franchise records the fans will still hate him.

More easily explain than the personal hatred others have for Tebow...I think the Tebow hatred stems from a couple of sources, his devout religion and the media portrayal of him. Face it, regardless of his football abilities, he's not on an ego trip like a lot of these guys. He doesn't manipulate or organize what the media says about him. He has all appearances of being a pretty humble guy.

September 18, 2011  12:29 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

I don't see how this is a must win.Even if Kyle Orton breaks franchise records the fans will still hate him.

Did anyone in the Denver front office send a thank you note to Josh McDaniel for leaving this time bomb?

 
September 18, 2011  12:31 PM ET

Hail Mary full of Grace put Tebow in 2nd place.

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