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John Fox admits “deep down, I have an idea” on Broncos’ quarterback

John Fox Introduced As Denver Broncos Head Coach

ENGLEWOOD, CO - JANUARY 14: Denver Broncos vice president of football operations John Elway (L), owner Pat Bowlen and new head coach John Fox share a laugh before Fox addressed the media at Dove Valley on January 14, 2011 in Englewood, Colorado. Fox was named the 14th head coach in Broncos history yesterday after spending the last nine seasons as head coach of the Carolina Panthers. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

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Broncos coach John Fox has insisted since the day he was hired that the starting quarterback will be named only after a fair competition among Kyle Orton, Tim Tebow and Brady Quinn. But Fox acknowledges that someone will start that competition in the lead.

Fox told Woody Paige of the Denver Post that “deep down, I have an idea” who the starter will be when the season starts. Fox also said, “We do have a depth chart,” and he showed Paige a depth chart that had Orton first, Tebow second and Quinn third.

But Fox isn’t saying that’s the actual order of the depth chart the Broncos will have entering training camp.

Ultimately, Fox said he’s happy with the choices he has.

“I prefer a gamer to a good practice player. . . . I want someone who will execute under pressure in a game,” Fox said. “We’ve got three quarterbacks who have started games in this league. I know that quarterback is the top priority in Denver —- and there’s a reason why they are so important because the great ones are so hard to find -— but I like the problem of having three to pick from.”

Broncos fans know who they want: A poll on the Denver Post web site has 85 percent picking Tebow, 11 percent picking Orton and 4 percent picking Quinn.