Thursday, May 5, 2011

Orton Has Also Been Working Out With Teammates

The media has been praising Denver Broncos second year quarterback Tim Tebow as a great leader for getting together with some teammates to workout, somewhat rightly so. What's not right however is the assumption that Tebow is the only quarterback in Denver that is working hard to win the starting job.

Incumbent starter Kyle Orton is going to be playing golf this weekend, and he doesn't have nearly 160,000 followers on twitter that all saw him tweet other players inquiring about working out together. That however does not take away from his leadership abilities or his work ethic.

Tebow is also going to be playing golf this weekend and Orton actually worked out with center J.D. Walton, guard Zane Beadles and wide receiver Eric Decker today, according to Lindsay Jones of the Denver Post. Make no mistake, Kyle Orton has also been working hard this offseason, not just Tebow.

Among his teammates, Orton is considered a hard working, knowledgeable player and a leader. Now, he doesn't get all rah-rah like Tebow, but that is not necessarily a quality a quarterback has to have (just look at Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts). It certainly doesn't hurt however (see Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints), and it gets fans excited.

We're not trying to take away from Tebow, his hard work this offseason is to be commended, but he's not the only one that truly wants the starting job. In the end, all that matters is wins. If Tebow outperforms Orton in Training Camp (if there is one) then he'll start in Week One on Monday Night Football against the Oakland Raiders. If the Broncos' brass feels that Orton still gives the team the best chance to win, he'll enter his third consecutive season in Denver as a starter.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

is this a pity article for Orton? just asking...

Anonymous said...

absolutely pointless article... Honestly and I'm a Orton guy and Tebow guy...
You sound like a scorned lover...

J. said...

Thanks for pointing out what gets lost in the MSM's obsession with the other QB.

Jon Heath said...

Guys,

I'm a big a fan of Tim Tebow as anybody on this planet, but I think it is ridiculous how some of Tebow's fans think he can't do anything wrong.

And when Orton does the exact same thing (in this case working out with his teammates) nobody even cares...

I hope Tebow wins the starting job but if EFX believe he's not ready/Orton gives the best chance to win, I'll be totally behind it.

Thanks for commenting.

Anthony J. McGirr said...

Yeah I'm totally a Tebow guy, but I'm glad this story was published. Tebow gets a lot of praise for a team guy and Orton gets knocked. Fans have even knocked Orton taking the guys to Vegas after the season was over while Tebow goes to Arizona to work out. I don't think it's right.

Now personally, I hope Tebow starts and I hope Orton gets traded LOL but I wish fans would give credit where credit is due. So thanks Jon!

areferee said...

I keep waiting for follow-up articles about continued workouts by members of the Broncos. I have seen nothing from any of the major sources of DB info. I am beginning to think that all of this was just "media candy".

I hope our players realize the importance of working together and being prepared. Merely the "appearance" of preparation is not enough. They truly need to be working on this, and not just having a picnic together.

Jon, please hold their feet to the fire and keep on the story. I believe in them, but do THEY believe?