Josh McDaniels has named his starting quarterback in Denver for the season. Despite the Broncos trading for Brady Quinn in the offseason and using a first round pick on Tim Tebow, McDaniels has awarded the job to Kyle Orton. This really isn’t much of a surprise. First of all, Orton had a pretty good season last year as he threw for over 3,800 yards and 21 touchdowns. Not to mention, even thought Denver brought in Brady Quinn, the young kid just has not been impressive since being a first round pick in 2007 and looks more like Hercules than he does a quality starting quarterback in the NFL. Then when it comes to Tim Tebow, he’s going to play. There is no chance that the Broncos used a first round pick on him to not get him on the field at all, but he’s not ready to start in the NFL right now. So that leaves Kyle Orton as the leading man in Denver. However, with the departure of Brandon Marshall and the way the Broncos receiving corps looks right now, I’m not sure it matters who the quarterback will be this season in Denver.
Kyle Orton joined The Score in Denver with Armstrong and Shapiro to talk about being named the starting quarterback in Denver, whether or not he feels more pressure because of the additions this offseason, and how the Broncos plan to replace Brandon Marshall.
On whether or not he feels more pressure because of the QB additions:
“No, I guess my only pressure is getting myself and this offense where we need to be to get to the playoffs. That’s been my focus all offseason and I think the offense has really came out and had a great offseason so far. We keep on building on practices and hopefully we can finish this off with a good mini-camp this weekend and be where we want to be going into August.”
On staying with the same approach despite competition now:
“That’s right for sure. Been good to work with Tim and Brady. I certainly know there’s competition in this league, especially at this position, every single year. I’ve been through it a number of years and I just try to keep my work ethic the same and keep my goals going forward the same and just try to do whatever I have to do to accomplish those.”
On whether or not he feels disrespected by the national media:
“No. I feel appreciated by my teammates and that’s the only thing that matters to me. There’s a lot of things that go on with media recognition and all that stuff, but I don’t think I really let that concern me going into my sixth year. I don’t think I’ve ever let that be a focus of myself and that’s just kinda the way I play.”
On how he feels heading into the second year with Josh McDaniels:
“Feels great. Really be able to focus on your own game and not have to spend 90 percent of the time on the playbook. And not just myself. I have a lot of confidence knowing that this is my second year with my teammates and it’s their second year in the system as well. A lot is made of quarterback and his first year in the system. Well there were 11 guys last year and it was their first year in the system too. We all feel better, we are all more comfortable playing with each other, and hopefully that benefits us coming down the road.”
On filling the void left by Brandon Marshall:
“He’s a great talent so I don’t think one person can fill that void. We’ve got a lot of good receivers, a lot of good playmakers, and a lot of good skill position players. I think as a whole, as an entire unit, we’re gonna have a better year this year.”