The Denver Broncos made the expected official today, by naming Tim Tebow their starting quarterback. John Fox reportedly told his team early Tuesday morning of the switch on the heels of Tebow nearly rallying the Broncos to a come from behind victory over the San Diego Chargers on Sunday.
Currently sitting at the bottom of the AFC West with a 1-4 record and entering the bye, this was an easy decision for Fox to make.
No matter how you feel about Tebow’s future as an NFL QB — he’s one of the most polarizing figures in the league — this was a move that the team needed to make. It’s a chance to see if Tebow is ready to run a team while giving a lifeless team a bit of a spark.
Assuming he stays healthy and holds onto his new found starting role, the Kansas City Chiefs will see Tebow in Week 10 when the Broncos visit Arrowhead. Tebow took over for Orton last season in Week 15, two weeks after the final Chiefs-Broncos matchup of the year, but made a cameo in a Denver blowout against the Chiefs. He put his time to good use, scoring two touchdowns (one passing, one running).
Orton, meanwhile, had a great and terrible game against the Kansas City defense last season, so there’s no way to know how this move will impact the series.