Originally written on Midwest Sports Fans  |  Last updated 6/29/14

The so-called quarterback “controversy” in Denver has been going on since training camp. The coaches were in full support of Kyle Orton, while the fans wanted to see Jockey model Tim Tebow take the reigns.

After Tebow relieved Orton today and nearly led the Broncos to victory, it may be time for the Tebow Era to officially begin in Denver.

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The team had a chance to deal Orton to the Dolphins, but they decided to hold on to him to start the year. This did not sit well with the fans in Denver, as they made it clear during training camp and preseason that they wanted Tebow.

Their pleas made sense, considering the fact that the team took Tebow in the first round of last year’s draft. If they took him in the first round and don’t have a star quarterback, why not give Tebow a chance? Either way, the coaches stuck with Orton as their choice to start the season opener.

The Broncos went into yesterday’s game with a record of 1-3 against the Chargers, who were at the top of the division at 3-1. They desperately needed a win to avoid falling into the mode of being irrelevant for the rest of the season.

The game started off terribly for Orton and the Broncos, as they saw themselves down 23-10 at the half. Orton was 6 of 13 with a whopping 34 yards and an interception. The fans were none too pleased, and neither were the coaches.

Tim Tebow was at quarterback to start the second half. The fans were cheering so loud at Mile High that it seemed like they had just won the game.

Though Tebow’s first series ended with a punt, there was definitely a different level of energy in the stadium. The fans were excited, and the players seemed to feed off of Tebow’s constant high energy.

Denver’s defense held the Chargers to zero points in the third quarter, which was the same number of points that the Chargers defense allowed in the quarter. Heading into the fourth, Tebow and the Broncos were still down 23-10 and in need of a comeback.

Tebow started the comeback with a touchdown run with 6:35 left in the quarter. The Broncos converted a two point conversion which made the score 26-18.

The Chargers got the ball, but they quickly turned it back over to the Broncos with a fumble. Tebow then led the Broncos on a three-play, 41-yard scoring drive that ended with a touchdown pass to Knowshon Moreno. The two point conversion attempt was a pass to Brandon Lloyd that was nearly caught, but was no good.

The Chargers got the ball back up 26-24, and were able to get a first down on a key 3rd and 10 that let them run out most of the clock. They kicked a field goal and made the score 29-24 with 24 seconds left for Tebow and the Broncos.

Tebow completed two passes in a row for a combined 51 yards that gave the Broncos one last shot with one second left on the clock. He took the snap from the 29 yard line and scrambled, avoiding San Diego defenders, but it was to no avail. The pass fell incomplete and the Broncos lost 29-24.

Denver has a bye week this week, but it is very likely that Tebow will start at quarterback next week against Miami. They are now 1-4, and the coaches have nothing to lose in starting Tebow. John Fox is in his first year, and the front office knows that this will be a long process. The fans are absolutely behind Tebow, so this also makes sense from a business standpoint.

The question is what to do with Kyle Orton. He was nearly traded to Miami before the season to replace Chad Henne. Henne is now out for the year, so what an interesting (though very, very unlikely) situation it would be if Orton was the starter for Miami in the game against the Broncos.

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