- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 11, 2011

ENGLEWOOD, COLO. (AP) - It’s officially Tebow Time in Denver.

Coach John Fox said Tuesday he’ll start Tim Tebow against the Miami Dolphins when the Broncos return from their bye week.

Tebow supplants Kyle Orton, who has struggled ever since winning the job with a spectacular training camp.

“Well, I think 1-4 has a lot to do with it,” Fox said. “We haven’t gotten it done as a football team. It’s not one guy. It’s not all Kyle Orton’s fault. But we do have to make adjustments, we have to change and we have to do something to win football games.”

Tebow said he was “honored to get this opportunity. I’m very excited. … I just know that every day I’m going to come out here and practice every day I can.”

Orton said he was disappointed but vowed to support Tebow and the rest of his teammates.

“I’m disappointed with everything,” Orton said. “I wish I could have played better. I wish we had a better record. There’s a lot of things, but reality is what it is.”

Replacing Orton at halftime Sunday, Tebow nearly led the Broncos back from a late 16-point deficit, falling a desperation pass short in a 29-24 loss to San Diego.

Tebow had his troubles _ rust, three fumbled snaps and six misfires in 10 pass attempts _ but he ran for a touchdown and threw for another while energizing the Broncos and fans frustrated by a franchise mired in mediocrity since its last winning season in 2005.

Orton continued a puzzling slide Sunday when he went 6 for 13 for 34 yards against the Chargers and threw his seventh interception, tied with Michael Vick and Philip Rivers for most in the league.

He also has two fumbles, including a costly one against Oakland in the opener when he lost the ball without being hit while winding up to throw to a wide-open tight end for the go-ahead score late in the fourth quarter of a 23-20 loss.

Orton, who’s in the final year of his contract, is 6-21 since winning his first six games as Denver’s starter.

The Broncos tried to trade Orton, who’s making $9 million this season, when the lockout ended, but talks with Miami broke down and Fox instead threw open the quarterback competition, something for which Tebow proved ill-prepared.

Orton had worked extensively with teammates in workouts organized by safety Brian Dawkins during the lockout. So had Tebow, but he also spent time pitching products and his autobiography across the country.

Orton’s and Brady Quinn’s offseason workout program paid off when training camp rolled around.

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