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Fox: Orton is Broncos' starter now

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By Eric Edholm

INDIANAPOLIS — Broncos head coach John Fox made at least one revealing statement in talking to the media on Thursday: Kyle Orton is his starting quarterback, and Tim Tebow is the backup.

At least that's how it stands now.

"Kyle Orton is first, followed by Tim Tebow and then (Brady) Quinn," Fox said after leaving the podium.

Earlier, Fox had said the position remain flexible but that Orton would start on top. There has been talk that he could be used as trade bait and that the Broncos are seeking a second-round pick.

"I don't think we'll really figure it out until we start competing. It's a group of three that is very capable," Fox said, then adding, "Kyle Orton's our starter."

Fox added that Tebow "did an outstanding job and has some of those intangibles you're looking for."

When asked if Orton, the assumed starter, could be on the trade block, Fox smirked and said, "I don't know how he could be both."

As many Panthers fans and media can attest, Fox rarely says much publicly. He's closely guarded and often vague when talking about players, tendencies and team strategy.

But he did offer one more specific: Elvis Dumervil, who became a sack artist as a stand-up linebacker in the Broncos' former 3-4 defense, will be a defensive end. Fox has been almost exclusively a 4-3 coach in his career and sees Dumervil as having his hand in the dirt, which is how he played in college.

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