The decision to start Tebow or Orton is not important to our football team right now. Regardless of who we end up starting, we will still be playing with the other 51 members of our football team. 96% of the Broncos would still be contributing in the same capacity. I stress the term football TEAM because that is exactly what we are and how we should act.
We are a football TEAM that was 4-12 last season. A team that has replaced major pieces in the front office and on the field. A team that has been together for two months or so since the lockout and has had one month of live, regular season football under their belt. We as fans can not expect the entire team to be better overnight as if by magic. Success is fought for and earned over time. How can we really expect the defending AFC west chumps to contend with the defending NFL Champs, who have been playing football together for the last entire season plus? Hope and optimism are great things to have, but we can not lose sight of a couple things:
1) I remember John Fox saying at some point during his inauguration period that he would be taking over the Broncos and working on a three year plan. He hasn't been around long enough to truly implement a system yet and our players are still learning on the fly. We can no get so antsy and expect perfection right away. John Fox may be perceived as arrogant or other things after the last press conference, but he is simply laying it out for the media. He can not take a bad team and make them a great team with so little time. John Fox hasn't even begun to truly leave his mark on this team.
2) Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow are both quarterbacks in the NFL. They are not so different. Each of them can competently hand the ball off to our running backs. Each of them can complete short accurate throws. I would suspect that running plays and short throws make up 65-75% of our offense right now. The remaining medium to big plays that one or the other can provide are obviously enticing. We want to see exciting and winning football. But when put in perspective, how much can those plays truly change the makeup of our team? The other 51 players must share the blame for our 1-3 record as much as these two. Suppose Tebow goes in the game and scores a touchdown, even two, last Sunday... We still get outscored 49-37. This is NOT ok.
3) We are not a good football team... right now. We are incomplete. We need better players. We need more time for the coaches to work their magic. We need more competent draft classes to come in and begin taking starting roles on our team. We need patience. We have a LOT of room for improvement.
It will be painful, but we will overcome. All we need is time to grow and learn to play to our true strengths. Right now we are still figuring that out. I hope that we as fans and the media can chill out a bit. All of this external pressure on our team is only going to compound the stress of being a 1-3 football TEAM. We need to be supportive and trust that our team will improve and give us something to cheer for with a brighter future ahead.