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Posted by Ryan Wilson
As they had done on three previous occasions in this five-week-old season, the Broncos lost Sunday. But it was one of the most exciting losses in recent team history because Tim Tebow saw extended action, and not as a backup wide receiver or glorified running back. But as a legitimate NFL quarterback. Even though his numbers weren't much to look at (4 for 10 for 79 yards and a touchdown), and he still looks like the guy with the long windup who struggles to read defenses and deliver the ball accurately, there's no denying that he's given Broncos fans something they haven't had in some time: hope.
It wasn't pretty, but Tebow was a 29-yard pass away from beating the Chargers. When Orton left after two uninspiring quarters, he was 6 of 13 for 34 yards and an interception, and showed absolutely no ability to move the ball. So, naturally, head coach John Fox was asked if Tebow gives the team the best chance to win.
“That’s something we’ll evaluate; we’ll meet," Fox said Monday. "I’ll have the team in, and with all do respect for what you guys do, the way we will operate is we will communicate with the people involved and the team long before we announce it to you guys. That won’t be happening today because we don’t see the team until tomorrow.”
And unlike a normal week, the Broncos are now on their bye and won't play again until Week 7 when they travel to Miami (perhaps to deliver Orton in person).
So when will the starting quarterback job be announced? “I’d say there is a strong likelihood that we will address that [Tuesday],” Fox said. He also hinted that he won't be making the decision alone. "[T]here will be some staff meetings. We haven’t met in that particular area as a staff but will sometime today.”
And what about Brady Quinn, the former Browns' first-round pick who many felt outplayed Tebow in the preseason to earn the No. 2 spot on the depth chart behind Orton -- is he in the mix, too?
“You said ‘perception,'" said Fox. "I think sometimes that’s not reality. I think the call to go with Tim was obviously something we discussed before, but I didn’t want that outwardly known regardless of perception. I think we kind of showed our hand.”
For now, mum's the word but we should know more Tuesday.
Philip Rivers overcame an interception and a fourth-quarter fumble to lead the San Diego Chargers to a 29-24 win over the Denver Broncos. CBS Sports' Marv Albert and Rich Gannon have the recap.
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