This is my first ever FanPost - and I am not much of a writer, most of a numbers guy (accountant). I have been a Broncos fan since 1986 when John Elway gave us one wonderful memory (of many) in "The Drive" against the Browns in 86. My dad was a huge Broncos fan and I latched on. I live in Baltimore, so in '86, we didn't have a football team here in B-more and I knew nothing about the Colts/Elway fiasco. I continued to follow the boys in Orange each and every week, year and year - and being rewarded with back to back championship games in 98 and 99. Even after Elway retired, I continued following the Broncos - as quarterback after quarterback took their shot at becoming the next Elway! Each year has had ups and downs, some surprises, some not. I remember in 2005 getting to the AFC Championship game - a big surprise in a year I didn't expect us to do much. Furthermore, the Steelers helped us out by beating the Colts the week prior, allowing us to have a home playoff game, that we unfortunate lost, as the Steelers went on to win the Super Bowl.
Since then, we have had several years of being divisions leaders only to blow in the last couple of weeks. Then, McDaniels came in and personally blew up this organization. We watched decent players leave our team in Cutler, Marshall, & Hillis. And with that, he also had some questionable draft picks, none bigger than the pick of Mr. Tim Tebow.
I wanted to provide a brief history of myself and an overview of the Broncos over the past few years. Which leads us to now - new regime with Fox and Elway, trying to determine the next moves for the organization. Through it all, we are 2-5, 2 games out of first place in a weak AFC West division. Are we a playoff team: most definitely not. But we could make the playoffs, considering where we stand at this point of the season. My thoughts: Tebow is not an NFL caliber QB. Sorry, I'm certainly not a Tebow hater. In fact, I love his passion and intensity in the games and his will to win. But I've seen enough of Tebow to believe in my Broncos heart that he is not and never will be starting QB material. A WR, RB? something of that nature - possibly. And what about Orton - sure his record hasn't been great since starting 6-0 with McDaniels, but I just believe that John Fox's scheme doesn't match well with Orton's strengths. I truly believe Orton is a "decent" QB in this league and could win under the right offensive gameplan. Then there's Brady Quinn - he looked decent in his preseason matchups, but blew his change in the last preseason game to make any kind of impact. Are we going to see Quinn out there before the season is over?
At the end of the day, the fact is we are two games out of first place. Our defense was playing good, but got rocked by the Lions. We definitely have some O-line issues and our WR's are young and inexperienced. Elway and Fox can make some moves to at least make this a competitive team and give us a shot at a division title. That's not Kool Aid talking (as I have seen on this site a plethora of times) - we are two games out with 9 to play, including divisional games. Stop with all this "tebow" mania and start coaching a football team with passion and intensity - with a gameplan that is suited to beat the opponent of that week. Put your best players out there in the best position that they can play and let it ride. Give the fans something to cheer about - show us that you are not just giving up on another season.
Sorry for the long first post - and I'm sure it was all over the place. I'm just a bit sad - I live in Baltimore and the Ravens have a decent team. For the first time in 25 years, I thought, why not just start following the home team and forget about the "laughing-stock" of the NFL. But I can't - I know I can't. I love Broncos football - I just wish the team and management would show some fight - so that we could finish this season strong. To all my fellow Bronco fans - thanks for listening. Feel free to share your thoughts (or none at all) but I hope you enjoyed a decent read for a first-time poster and long-time fan.
James from Baltimore