In what was a formality, Kyle Orton has been named the starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos in their season opener against the Oakland Raiders. On Monday, Sept. 12, Kyle Orton will lead the offense onto Sports Authority Field at Mile High as the starter for a third year in a row.
Once the new collective bargaining agreement was settled and teams could start trading, it looked as though Orton would be traded to the Miami Dolphins. However, compensation and a new contract held up a trade, which has been dead for weeks. Orton then took all the first-team snaps as training camp got underway. There was no battle for the starting quarterback position.
Head coach John Fox, however, is not ready to name a backup quarterback, saying that it is still ongoing, according to Andrew Mason of MaxDenver.com. Brady Quinn moved to the No. 2 position last week in a preseason game against the Buffalo Bills. Tim Tebow is third on the depth chart. While the backup is not settled, it is Quinn's to lose now.