Heading into the fourth week of the season, the Denver Broncos find themselves near the bottom of the AFC West at 1-2 and one of the teams in the Andrew Luck Sweepstakes. Each of the Broncos first three games of the season has been decided by a field goal or less, and that was Denver’s “easy part” of the schedule.
Looking down the road, things look bleak in Denver. Next up on the team’s 2011 schedule: a trip to Green Bay to take on the defending Super Bowl Champion Packers before returning home to take on the high powered San Diego Chargers.
The Broncos will then head into their bye week before traveling to Miami to play the Dolphins in week seven. There’s a possibility that Denver will come out of the bye at 1-4, with games against the 3-0 Detroit Lions, Oakland Raiders, New York Jets, Chargers, Chicago Bears, New England Patriots and the undefeated Buffalo Bills still down the road.
Faced with such a tough schedule, the Broncos may not escape the season with many victories, giving them a high selection in next year’s draft which will feature Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck. One may question though if the team should select another quarterback in the first round just two years removed from drafting Tim Tebow — without getting a good idea of what he is capable at the professional football level.
The question now becomes, at what point should the team hand the reins to Tebow? If the Broncos do go 1-4 through the first five weeks of the season, should coach John Fox bench Kyle Orton and give Tebow two weeks to prepare for the Dolphins?