Elway says Orton is ‘still the starting quarterback’

After a three-week audition to end the season, it was widely believed Tim Tebow had the inside track on the starting job in Denver over Kyle Orton. It was even reported Orton was “likely” to be traded.

Hold those thoughts, because many of those dots were connected before executive VP John Elway put his name on a corner office and hired John Fox to coach the team. Making the rounds inside the Super Bowl media center on Wednesday, Elway suggested to NFL Network it’s Orton who he considers the starter, even as plenty of decisions have yet to be made.

“Kyle is still the starting quarterback,” Elway said. “I think what we have to do is, that now that John and his staff are in, they have to come in and draw their own conclusions of what they think.”

Elway also went to his go-to line that while Tebow is a “very good football player” he’s “not a great quarterback yet.” It seems wise that one of the first decisions by Elway¬†is to put no pressure on Tebow’s development.

Draw your own conclusions, but the only thing that feels safe to say is that everything is up in air for Fox and his staff.

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