To preface this, I'm not a diehard Bronco Fan. I wasn't a Tebow guy in College, and I rooted against the Broncos when I went to Lambeau for the first time and saw my Packers beat you guys. However, if there is a team besides the Packers I follow, currently, it's got to be the Broncos. I think that Tebow may be the best thing that has happened for the NFL in a long time. He's such a unique person; both in his charater as well as his style of play, and I love watching all of the so called "experts" squirm in the graves they dug for Tebow before he even got a start this year.
But this isn't about Tebow. It's not about the Broncos or the "experts" either. It's all focused on John Elway and his attrocious decision to release Kyle Orton this week. I base my opinion on three points.
1) Any team who would have picked him up would have essentially gotten a player for free. There is nothing for that team to lose. Those teams; such as the Texans, Browns, Seahawks, Chiefs, Dolphins, and Bears would have probably given them something if it would have happened earlier in the season, but getting nothing for something goes against everything Sun Tzu stood for. It would be akin to giving your enemy on the battlefield your bullets or rations. If you make your enemies stronger, you make yourself weaker. As it turns out, the Chiefs picked him up. What do the Chiefs get in this deal? They get a massive upgrade over Palko, a third rate second string QB. They also get insight into how the Broncos gameplanned against the Chiefs the first time they played them. Audibles, defensive tendancies, defensive audibles, even an understanding of what Tebow likes to do and how to stop him. Granted, if other teams aren't able to do that themselves, then they should get fired, but at the same time, the insight of being on the other side will most likely prove to be valuable. The Broncos just gave the Chiefs the battleplans and the bullets to defeat them. Week 17 could very well mean a spot in the Playoffs.
2)You just sent someone who you origionally thought was good enough to be the starting QB off your team. Sure, you've still got Brady Quinn, but Orton was the best true QB, and still was the best true QB on your team until the end of this week. Tebow, while a QB, isn't a true QB in the sense of the word. He is an enigma with a 6 year ceiling for his style of play (I hope he proves me wrong) unless he evolves into a total QB. His style lends itself to injuries, and looking at the freak injuries going on in the NFL this season, having a starter-capable backup is never a bad idea. Sun Tzu, the author of "The Art of War," would never leave a valuable member of his army off the battlefield. If his key captain was to go down, Sun Tzu would understand that you need a very capable, proven liutenant to back him up. Quinn may be the guy, but you may want to have two lieutenants available.
3)There are 6 games left in the season. Orton would not have made so much money that he broke the Broncos bank, especially with Tebow jersey sales going to the very top of the charts. By giving him up right now, they just decided to part ways and not recieve anything for him. By holding him for 6 games, they could have gotten a comensatory pick for him in next year's draft. Most likely, the Broncos would have gotten a 4th or 5th round pick for him, and there is plenty of talent to find in that part of the draft. Look at Terrell Davis, Donald Driver, and Tom Brady. My own team, the Packers (born and raised in Milwaukee WI, not a bandwagoneer), pride their ability to get talent from the draft and chose to make their team better primarily through the draft with a random big name F/A signing here and there. To bring this full circle, imagine an Army. To let one person go from your army, would it not be prudent to have the ability to replace that person? If you let a Platoon Sergeant walk, you must be prepared to bring in another guy to fill in for the guy who replaced the Platoon Sergeant. It is constantly rotational. Just letting someone go without getting anything from him would make your army weaker. Elway just made his army weaker.
Elway was a great QB, but he is not a great manager. He is not even a good one. A good manager would have known that you cannot give enemies the bullets and the battleplans to his opponents. A good manager would understand that the most important person not starting any given day is the backup quarterback. And a good manager would get something from his decisions. I think Elway should read "The Art of War" and he might eventually become a manager that you can be proud of for his exploits off the field as well as his amazing exploits on the field. I wish your team the utmost of success for this season, hopefully the playoffs, and maybe even an unlikely rematch against my Packers in the Superbowl.
Good luck my football friends.