Why is it that we fans so often find ourselves clamoring for our rookie QB to take the field regardless of the performance of the current starter? Why is it that so many talking heads speak of the value of drafting a player who is 'ready to start now'? I've seen a lot of posts and comments recently (thanks to these faux-compassionate "Trade Orton" articles) that get into dreaming about how Tim Tebow could step into a Broncos uniform and suddenly create for us a dynamic and sparkling offense. I really don't think any of these things, from shouts of the rookie QB's name from the stands, to speculation about how glorious starting the Tebow era now would be, are rooted in a true desire to see a team win. (As such, you can be sure that a good coach like McD will not be thinking along these lines.) No, these sorts of thoughts arise from the entertainment side of sports, which one can't really deny has great prominence and surely undergirds the girthy 'sports media'.
To go a bit deeper, it is this fan's opinion that the whole salivation over starting Tebow now is pure fetish. Just like it was when fans shouted Culter's name from the stands. Do we really believe Tebow will give us a better chance at winning? The question is irrelevant. We tell ourselves that we do believe he gives us a better chance of winning, but this is the same sort of rationalization we use to convince ourselves that the $30 in our wallet would be better spent on pizza and beer than on upgrading our outdated antivirus program. In truth, this sort of impulse is pure fetish. If we were honest with ourselves, we just want to see a certain player wearing our team's uniform out on the field in a real game. There's no thinking beyond that, and that's why it's fetish.
This is the sort of thinking that the sports media hinges on because it is only your fetish that drives you to read 30 hours of Tim Tebow 'news' when he hasn't even played a *preseason* snap. (Hey, I am guilty as charged.) The sports media in general tantalizes us fans with thoughts of certain players appearing in our team's uniform, and their insistence on drafting players who are ready to 'play now' is all a part of playing to our fetishitic desire to see a shiny new player on our team as soon as possible. It's like seeing a new pair of shoes in the store and having an ESPN analyst hype it up to you for the whole time you're in the store, and in the end you just want to see those shoes on your feet. Then you get home and find out the arch is too emphasized or some such. (Message? sports media is evil lmfao.)
This is the entertainment side of sports. But what about the 'sports' side of sports? If we really want to see our team get better, at some point we have to exercise a little patience as fans. Is it better to watch all our rookies go out and lose a game, or is it better to watch our veterans win while the Broncos staff prepares the young team of the future in the training room (where we can't watch while sipping a stadium beer, dagnabit)? Stability is vitally important for the success of a football team. In my opinion, the reason why the Broncos dropped off the radar after week 6 last year is that, because not enough of the players had played together in the same system previously, they hit their ceiling *as a team* while other teams whose systems and players had been in place cruised by them. The Broncos have the potential to be better this year if we let the team play instead of trying to force on the coach our fetishistic desire to see our shiny new players on the field.
In short, calm down on the whole "start Tebow as a rookie" thing. It's not going to be good for the team.