Posted Tue Oct 26th by T-Money
Going into the fourth quarter of Sunday’s spanking, courtesy of the Oakland Raiders, the Broncos were bitterly trailing 59-14. With the ball sitting on the 10 yard line, Kyle Orton came trotting in with his head down, staring at his feet, along with his 10 broken and bleeding teammates.
With the game clearly out of reach, one would think that keeping your starting quarterback 100% healthy for next week’s showdown with the San Fransisco 49ers would be top priority. So why did a sad and frustrated Kyle Orton take the field instead of Tim Tebow or Brady Quinn? What would be the harm in letting Tebow take a few snaps and run the regular offense instead of his “swamp” package (you know…his 3 different running plays)?
After the game head coach Josh McDaniels was asked the same question:
“We were just trying to run our offense and I made a decision not to do that in that kind of a game. That’s not really the time that I’d want him (Tebow) to get work anyways.”
Why not? Why allow you’re staring quarterback and arguable your best offensive player get hit 5 more times, sacked once more, and almost throw another interception? What are you gaining? Maybe it was the pride or the competitive nature in both Kyle Orton and Josh McDaniels. Whatever it was, it certainly did not make any sense to me or the 20,000 or so remaining fans chanting for Tebow at INVESCO Field at Mile High.
Perhaps McDaniels did not want to admit defeat to himself or to the diehard loyal fans that watched all the way to the end. Maybe he was challenging Orton to make a blow out appear more respectable by putting points up on the board. Possibly he was being naive enough to say that he didn’t want to display everything that Tebow had to offer, instead save it for a time when he needs it. Who knows.
Regardless of whatever was going though his head, when his team was losing by 45 points, McDaniels should have given the nod to Tebow. He should have walked up to Orton and told him that he needs to stay healthy, get ready for next week, and put this out of his memory bank.
Part of being the Head Coach of a professional football team is knowing when to and when not to take risks. By leaving Orton in on Sunday he took an unnecessary risk that didn’t have any effect on the game (zero points in the 4th quarter). The last thing that the Denver Broncos need right now is another injured player. Especially if it is their starting Quarterback.
What do you think Broncos Fans? Was Josh McDaniels right to leave Kyle Orton in? Should Tebow have taken any snaps?