On the other hand – Tim Tebow, who many consider the second coming, has proven to be the proto-typical rookie, boatload of talent – but has yet to master the ability to walk on water - leaving Kyle Orton as the Denver Broncos starting quarterback.
Maybe that's not such a bad thing, considering the seasoned vet put together a 14-0 performance against the Bengals starting defense through the first quarter of Sunday night's first preseason game.
It amounted to a 8-13, 84-yard, two-touchdown performance that even the harshest of critics couldn't ignore. Especially when brought up against Quinn's 6-16, 68-yard numbers which included a complete ‘punch to the package' interception for a touchdown by Bengals CB David Jones - killing any momentum Denver had going into the first half.
Good looks aside – Orton is clearly the starter and Tebow is climbing the ladder. Quinn – the odd man out.
Breaking down the rest of the Broncos units – suffice to say Special Teams is anything but. Picture an entire group of guys backpedaling, missing tackles and getting juked out of position – seriously, it's not even worth the TiVo.
Offensive line rose to the occasion – considering two rookies and a fifth-year journeyman (Zane Beadles, J.D. Walton and D'Anthony Batiste) took every snap of the evening. Thinking back I can't remember if there's ever been a Broncos rookie, let alone two rookies, that played every offensive down in their first preseason game. Then again – I can't even remember where I left my car keys so – what do I know.
Defensively the Broncos first team created minor noise – but found Bengals QB Carson Palmer as elusive as the Holy Grail without the help of NFL sack leader Elvis Dumervil, who's still four to five months away from a possible return. Broncos second and third team ‘D' didn't fare as well and is cause for concern considering they got outplayed like a freshman on Prom Night - by a mediocre team's backups. Not a good sign but it's not the end of the world.
All in all it was exactly what anyone could expect for preseason – tons of hype, miles of mistakes and just enough excitement to keep you headed back for all of next week's craziness... Ya gotta love the NFL.
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