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Tim Tebow may have fallen way down the depth chart for the Denver Broncos, but for fans on Monday night, he was No. 1 in their hearts. Broncos players are starting to get irritated over the debate between Tebow and Kyle Orton (and, nominally, Brady Quinn, although we doubt anyone's taking him seriously as an option. Still, No. 2 on the depth chart!), and it looks like Denver has a legitimate quarterback controversy on its hands.

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Who should start for the Broncos?

The options are as follows: Kyle Orton, Brady Quinn, Tim Tebow. Orton has the experience, Tebow the pedigree. Quinn is an unknown factor.


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Not many people can pull off a neck beard and successfully play quarterback in the National Football League. Actually, let's reword that: Not many people can pull off a neck beard, period. As Dr. Aaron Perlut (a friend of SportsNation) would put it, beards are compromises for those not committed enough to wearing a mustache.

Obviously, Dr. Perlut has never met Kyle Orton. He's been able to do both quite well in the past year, heading a surprisingly competitive Broncos squad and rocking a thick and extensive beard. The Broncos don't seem to be totally confident in him, however, as they've acquired clean-shaven Brady Quinn as a backup plan. Sure, Orton is starting now, but how long will that last? For certain, he can sympathize with Marion Barber (soul patch), Flozell Adams (mustache/beard combo) and Matt Leinart (stubble). One day, you've got a starting position and a full beard -- the next, nothing. At least Orton can take solace in the fact that SportsNation sees him as the starter for the majority of the Broncos' games this season. Is that the right choice?


Look Orton wasn't the total problem with this team, his numbers speaks for themselves...had the running game been a lil better and the D played a lil better no one would have questioned Orton ability...I think his arm decent to throw downfield had McDaniels allowed him too (see Redskins game to Marshall). Quinn is only an upgrade of Simms who stunk and looked terrified to be out there.

-- lbmore33

Do it. Jones starting, Barber closing. ...don't forget to use Choice.

-- blueliner2k3

Flozell is a cheap-shot tackle who only gets by on his garbage tricks. He cannot handle the better ends in the league. You will not win with his blocking.

-- sauce1977

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The Jets sign a future Hall of Famer in LaDainian Tomlinson, and he might not even be the best player they got from the Chargers this month. The Browns? Well, we imagine season tickets are just flying off the shelves with Seneca Wallace and Jake Delhomme in the house.

Mike Holmgren is in charge of the Browns, but a Browns fan says the faithful in Cleveland are used to channeling Norman Dale when it comes to authority figures. As in, "I would hope you would support who we are -- not who we are not." So is Eric Mangini Shooter?


Statistically, Tim Couch was a better QB over his first 14 games than Quinn has been. Sad but true.

-- Henta469

LT is a much better receiver out the backfield than TJ and it would not surprise me if he gets most of the downs as the lone back on passing plays. I can only imagine how much more damage he can do given the chance to work behind the Jets O-line.

-- heyjacleu

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Pending decisions from guys like Jimmy Clausen and Jake Locker, it remains to be seen exactly how plentiful the potential first-round quarterbacks will be in next spring's draft. But it seems safe to say it will have more to offer than the class of signal callers that came out of the 2007 draft.

Derek Anderson needed four games to complete a total of 29 passes, and it's only now that 2007 draftee Brady Quinn apparently gets another shot. JaMarcus Russell can't stop throwing interceptions and some of Trent Edwards' teammates are eager to bring in Michael Vick. Is there still hope for any of these guys, or is Kevin Kolb the class' only hope for redemption?


Welcome to the side show that is the Cleveland Browns. Trust me Browns fans, I know it seems bad, but it is only going to get worse. Mangini is clueless - are you sick of the "consistent" talk yet? Get him out of there before you lose next season as well. - A Jet fan

-- choochmmm9

Mike (Akron)

Hey Mel, if you were head of scouting for the Browns and you had 11 draft picks in the upcoming draft, how would you fix this team? Where would you start first?

Mel Kiper
Mel Kiper

First you have to assess the QB situation. Hopefully Brady Quinn will start the remaining of the season. You have 8 games left. See what you have in Quinn. You know what you have in Anderson. You have to see what Quinn has. He's been called too strong, too powerful to be an accurate consistent thrower. He needs a chance to prove that wrong. They need to develop some WRs. They need help on the defensive side of the ball. With the picks, you try to mortgage them for more. I'm a fan of moving down and getting more. They also need an heir apparent to Jamaal Lewis. Obviously, these young receivers, they need to develop the ones they drafted last year. Secondary help. Front seven help. The biggest thing this organization has to figure out is if Brady Quinn is the QB moving forward. The only way to find out is to play him. Full transcript

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We're going to go out on a limb and suggest firing Phil Savage wasn't the best move the Browns could have made after last season. True, we don't know Phil Savage from Phil Spector (other than that Savage is the one who isn't incarcerated) or the stunningly bad musical catalogue of Savage Garden. But the product in Cleveland without Savage stinks. And as Eric Mangini takes time away from fining people for bottled water mistakes to bench Brady Quinn, SportsNation turned to a pair of experts to figure out what went wrong.

CJ (Michigan)

Hey Mort!! What are your thoughts on the Browns quarterback situation?

Chris Mortensen

I think Derek Anderson and Brady Quinn can both be quality starting QBs, but a lot of people question the scheme. Bottom line - Browns owner Randy Lerner shot himself in the foot by firing GM Phil Savage. He was very capable in personnel and had a plan. Good franchises don't panic like Lerner did. And then you compound it by maybe making the wrong hire. It's not the quarterbacks, not at all. Full transcript

Alan (East Lansing)

Do you think it was a strike?

Mel Kiper

Oh boy, that's a great question. I think they have some major issues. I think this: The big mistake was completely changing the organization. Phil Savage is a great friend of mine and is one of the best evaluators in the NFL. He's done a great job. They were well on their way. Last year, they had a ton of problems. Phil inherited Kellen Winslow. They had a ton of injuries last year. To pull the plug on the organization that was just putting his imprints on this team. To cut the cord on Phil Savage was mind boggling to me.

Obviously, with Romeo Crennel, there were some questions if he was the right man for the job. All of that and the shift away from the Phil Savage regime is what you have now. Phil drafted Brady Quinn. I've said before that if the coach and GM are no longer there who drafted you, you're all by yourself. That's dangerous for the QB. You didn't draft him. You don't have confidence that he's the right man for the job. When you pull the plug on Phil Savage, you pull the plug on Brady Quinn. Now Derek Anderson is the QB. He's a guy that Savage had in Baltimore. Full transcript

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