NFL 2010 Preview: Denver Broncos
- Updated: July 14, 2010
Can Tim Tebow turn the Denver Broncos into a 2010 playoff contender? Al Dannity thinks it will take more than a season to work that miracle.
Two headline making moves dominated Denver’s off-season. Brandon Marshall was shipped to Miami while Tim Tebow was drafted to compete with Kyle Orton at quarterback. The Marshall trade may have removed a trouble-maker but it also saw Denver lose its most potent offensive threat. The Broncos receiving corps will take time to recover. Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker were added through the draft but both will need time to adapt to the NFL.
All-everything quarterback Tim Tebow was the most talked about player heading into the draft. All the talk concerned his ability to play in a pro-style offense, standing under center instead of from the shotgun. The time required to transition means Orton, a reliable yet far from dynamic signal-caller, should be safe as a starter for one more season at least. NFL betting fans should look for Tebow to offer a threat from the Wildcat or in situational plays as a running back or tight end. It may take a year for Tebow to start as a quarterback in the NFL but he’ll get on the field in some capacity in 2010.
Mark your calendar
The alpha male of NFL quarterbacks visits Denver in week 3 when the Colts come to town. The media circus surrounding a potential clash between Peyton Manning and Tim Tebow, even if Tebow isn’t starting, will be huge. The more important games for the Broncos however will come later in the season.
The past two years have seen Denver fade badly after promising starts, this year Josh McDaniels needs to show some steel down the stretch. Five of Denver’s six divisional games come after the bye in week 9. Throw in the visit of a weak St Louis team in week 12 and the pieces are there for a late season charge or a repeat of the disasters of 2008 and 2009.
I hate the to use the term rebuilding season because it’s usually a euphemism for a bad year but there’s no better way to describe the 2010 Broncos. Now in the second season without Jay Cutler, the Broncos must learn to adapt without a bona fide receiving threat to support Kyle Orton. On defense, Elvis Dumervil ending his contract standoff is a plus but otherwise these are the same old Broncos. I like Denver to find a way to get close to the 8-8 mark again this year but probably in less dramatic style than years past. Bet on Denver to remain the best of the rest in the AFC West.