The Denver Broncos haven’t called the quarterback position wide-open for next season, but all of their actions point to a a wide-open competition for who sits under center.

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Mmmm. Gratuitous cheerleader shot.

Broncos coach Josh McDaniels gave his quarterback Kyle Orton a vote of confidence at the end of last season saying, “I’m pleased with a lot of what Kyle did and I saw improvement in what he did. I was happy to have the opportunity to work with him this year and we’ll look forward to the future.”

Now with the trade for Brady Quinn the Broncos have two young quarterbacks both of whom under-performed to start their careers.

Orton started to improve under McDaniels tutelage and Quinn, who has more potential than Orton, hopes to do the same and thrive with the Broncos.

While Orton has improved, he still hasn’t proved himself to be an NFL quarterback. The Broncos started the season 6-2, but finished 2-6, so Quinn is almost certain to get some chances if he isn’t able to wrest the job outright.

Delhomme, Leader or Aging Veteran?

The Cleveland Browns signed Jake Delhomme to be a leader who can take charge of the team.

Mike Holmgren said, “They need a guy that is going to grab everybody by the throat and say, ‘Follow me through that door.’ I don’t look at him as an aging veteran, I look at him as the leader I wanted.”

With Delhomme’s declining production he’s going to have a hard time getting the attention of the locker room. Leaders have to earn respect and it remains to be seen whether the Browns personnel respect Delhomme’s past achievements over his current performance.

Clausen is Sexy, but Wrong Choice for Washington

The Washington Redskins are said to be pondering Fighting Irish quarterback Jimmy Clausen as their number four pick, but that would be a big mistake.

The other player they are rumored to be considering is Oklahoma State left tackle Russell Okung.

While a left tackle isn’t nearly as sexy a pick as a quarterback, developing a quarterback behind a weak o-line can ruin a prospect as they have significantly less margin of error.

Okung has what it takes to make the Redskins o-line solid so that when next year’s quarterback-heavy draft comes around, the Redskins will have everything in place to give their new quarterback the best chance to succeed.

Cleveland Browns Puzzling Rebuild

The Cleveland Browns are now well and truly Mike Holmgren’s team with the trade of former first round draft picks Brady Quinn and Kamerion Wimbley, but the moves are puzzling ones for a rebuilding team.

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At least Browns fans will have something to cheer about next year.

The Browns have the seventh pick in this year’s draft which means, barring a trade, they will miss out on the two most solid quarterbacks in this year’s shallow pool of QB talent, Sam Bradford and Jimmy Clausen.

Colt McCoy, Dan LeFevour and Tim Tebow aren’t nearly as appealing prospects as Bradford and Clausen, so the Browns will probably find themselves in the position of needing a quarterbacking prospect again next year.

Their chances of trading for a higher pick are pretty low since all of the teams above them have a glaring need and elite-level draft prospects that perfectly address their needs.

It makes way more sense to hold on to Quinn for another year and try and increase his value rather than pass the quarterbacking duties on to veterans who will never amount to anything.

If the Browns were to build a solid offensive line for next season, Quinn’s value would almost certainly rise and they could then trade Quinn after next season when there will be a lot more quarterback-of-the-future types in the draft.

The Wimbley trade is even more puzzling. Wimbley was starting to show promise at the tail end of last season and he’s just the sort of player that a rebuilding team wants to acquire. A young player who is showing potential again after looking like a bust.

Even if Holmgren doesn’t care for Wimbley, he would likely get more by playing him next season to maximize his value.

The Browns were never expected to contend this year. The Browns odds to win the Super Bowl are at +10000 and they’re not likely to change with all of the moves that Holmgren is making.



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