Wow…the Broncos lost another game on Sunday…I must say, after many years of expecting wins every weekend, it has taken some time to become accustomed to losing pretty much every Sunday…not something I am happy to have adjusted to. But what did I expect? Our beloved Hall of Fame front office savior, John Elway, brought in, as his first hire, a coach that managed to win 2 games last season…less than even the Broncos did!
John Fox has been to football what vanilla is to ice cream…and a team that needed major shaking up instead got gently stirred, and what do you have? Another season spent at the bottom rung of the NFL ladder. And instead of showing any actual sign of rebuilding, we are simply trying to get along with what we have. Orton gives us the best chance to win now (as if we are a team built to “win now”) and Tebow is not ready (and if so, why not?). Suddenly the league is all about rookie quarterbacks learning on the job…even unorthodox players with little chance of success at the next level (see Newton, Cam). I am certainly not a Tebow apologist…if he is a pretender, then cut him loose and along with it all the bickering amongst the fan base, the national media, and no doubt among the locker room and front office about who should play QB for the Broncos. In his role as the untested newcomer, he is incredibly divisive…a casual glance down the FanPosts at MHR reveals about 50% of all posts are somehow about Tebow (including, in some sense, this one).
Based on the season to date, there are a few things that seem imminently clear: This is a team that should be rebuilding, though still clings to the notion that it is trying to “win now”; Kyle Orton is really not the answer; and if in fact the QB of the future is not on the roster, then we ought to find that out NOW.
Any of the QB’s on the roster could have put the same scare into the Packers yesterday. The Broncos were not going to beat the defending champs on their field yesterday. I do not blame Orton, or Tebow or even Fox. Someone has to be the best team in the league and maybe (likely) it is the Packers. Thing is, I cannot figure out what the Broncos strategy for playing football in the NFL is. If in fact we are a much improved defensive unit, then ought we be able to hold a team, even a good one to under 49 points? I am not convinced that Coach Fox has instilled his defensive acumen just yet. As a fan, it is getting a little boring to watch this team continue to circle the drain. Signs of improvement are pretty much non existent, on both sides of the ball. We can’t run, we can’t air it out, and we can’t really stop anyone either…kind of boring if you ask me…so I am left to wonder what the brain trust is up to…they have to see what we all see. Could they possibly be happy with the result???
It does occur to me that one strategy is to let Orton play QB because he gives the team the best chance to look like they are trying to win, while at the same time, failing to do so. And so perhaps next spring when called upon to draft our next batch of players, we have access to the first pick and convert it into Andrew Luck…perhaps Orton is part of this master plan, and if so, I say, “Bravo”…. at the same time, I wonder why we do not deal Tebow instead of letting him stew on the bench…let’s get some value out of him…at the very least I should think one of the Florida teams would want him. In the short term, the fan base will scream and shout, but in the end, the incredible acrimony that has accompanied his presence on the roster will be gone. Orton will be our quarterback, we will not pine for the other guy any longer…as conspiracies go, this one checks out. To sum up: We hire a coach that has won a total of three games in the last season and a quarter, we insist on playing a QB who can put up stats but cannot win games, and we seem to be trying to win now instead of actually rebuilding…WE ARE TRYING TO SUCK MISERABLY!
The only problem is that no one figured on the Colts being as bad as they are without Manning…and they have an even better strategy for getting the top pick…they are planning to start Curtis Painter at QB…