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Dove Valley Days: Orton remains in charge at Broncos QB

The Denver Post

Highlight

Orton remains in catbird seat after loss as No. 1 quarterback

Josh McDaniels said he would make no knee-jerk reactions after the team’s first preseason game, and he held true to his word in Sunday’s first practice since returning from San Francisco. There was no change to the starting offensive or defensive lineups (except to reinsert or replace injured players), including at quarterback, where Kyle Orton remained in charge of the first-team offense. Orton threw two impressive long completions, both passes sailing at least 40 yards in the air, before getting intercepted on the third deep ball. Lindsay H. Jones, The Denver Post

Lowlight

Defense faces old woes

A major knock on the 2008 defense was its failure to create turnovers, with only six interceptions and seven recovered fumbles all year. In its 2009 debut, the new Broncos defense didn’t record one takeaway, and the team finished the game against the 49ers with a minus-3 turnover margin. On Sunday, the defense appeared to have an increased focus on going after the ball, including any incomplete pass. “That’s a major focus for us, period, this year,” said safety Brian Dawkins. “If not score on defense, we want to get the ball to the offense as much as possible.” Lindsay H. Jones, The Denver Post

Quotable

“I didn’t read anything, so I don’t know how much heat he took.” – Josh McDaniels, on the local (and national) media reaction to Kyle Orton’s three-interception performance against San Francisco.

For more of this Denver Post story: http://www.denverpost.com/broncos/ci_13141532


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