What does coaching change mean for Orton?

If you advanced to the fantasy playoffs with Broncos QB Kyle Orton leading your team, congratulations. Especially after yesterday’s disaster. What was that, two points from Orton?

But if you are planning to ride Orton to a fantasy title, it is going to be a long offseason for you. But, you won’t be alone.

The Broncos have fired coach Josh McDaniels and named Eric Studesville as the interim coach. The biggest question is what happens with rookie QB Tim Tebow? Does he start, or does Orton remain the starter?

I mentioned a few weeks ago that the threat of Tebow was enough to make any fantasy enthusiast nervous. If you didn’t heed the advice to add Buccaneers QB Josh Freeman then, please do it now. Even Chiefs QB Matt Cassel is available in a number of leagues.

Orton figures to start this week vs. the Cardinals. And the Broncos should enjoy that same bounce that the Vikings and Cowboys experienced with interim coaches. But at what point do the Broncos take a chance on Tebow?

There are two ways to look at it.

Studesville is going to be auditioning for a job, and playing Orton gives him the best chance to win. That makes a lot of sense. But he could also want to showcase how he can work with Tebow in the future.

The only thing you can do now is be prepared with a backup plan for Orton.

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