It appears that the Tebow storm continues (and will continue) to swirl around Broncos Country. This is understandable. Lots of hard working, god fearing folks plopped down $60 to buy their child a jersey of a professional football player their son or daughter could actually look up to. A young man of renowned character, a leader, a Christian, a winner! As a lifelong Bronco fan from Wyoming, I drink the Orange Kool-Aid every fall and hope that my team can outdo the Dolts, Chefs and Faders. When JoshMcD told me that Tebow was worth a 2nd, 3rd and 4th...well...I scratched my head, shrugged my shoulders and said..."yep...he's the HeadCoach, must know what's he doin...in St. Timothy I trust..." and quickly genuflected. Sooo...16 months later...we know have a new coach, a new VP of Football Operations, and a new decree that St. Timothy is really only a third string QB at this point. Does that piss me off? Does that make me want to return that #15 for a refund? Not at all, actually....you see...at my core I'm still drinking the Orange Kool-Aid... I still have to trust that the guys who actually make a living off this game know more then I do. If EFX says that Orton gives us the best chance to win...then I'm right there, saying "yep...he's the HeadCoach...he must know what he's doin!" I want the Broncos to be champions. I want them to build a championship organization....and if what Tebow has shown us is that he's not ready...then he's not ready. End of story. End of debate.
But of course...it doesn't end there. It can't end there. There are all kinds of fans out there who are Tebow fans first...and Bronco fans second. Their blood may be blue and orange...but its just a bit brighter...more of a Florida shade. They implore the powers that be to sacrifice the 2011 season to the gods of karma...we aren't going to be good this year anyway...how are we ever going to know what Tebow can do...if we don't give him a chance??!! Well, that's easy...he hasn't earned it. He hasn't shown the staff that he can do the best job on the field...and that's the bottom line. This isn't about creating or tearing down folk heroes. This isn't about whether Tebow got a "fair chance" or not. This is about winning football games...plain and simple. I can't count the number of times that I've heard about "Tebow's intangibles." Dear lord, the only bloody "tangible" that means ANYTHING is "W"s. Can he execute the offense so we win, or can't he? Thus far, he's proven that he's the third best person for getting the job done. Maybe that will change. Maybe that won't...but you don't ask 52 other guys to let the third best player have the helm of the ship in hopes that some day he MIGHT turn out to be the best of the three. The other thing I am sick and tired of hearing is that "Orton is the best practice player...Tebow is a GAMER!" Really? What is that changes from practices to games that transforms one from a QB who can read defenses, execute throws and lead an offense...to a stumbling idiot? What is that transforms one from a QB who throws the ball in the dirt, locks on a lone receiver, and holds the ball to long...to a Messiah? Believe me...I desperately WANT Tebow to be worth the 2nd, 3rd and 4th we gave up to get him...but me wanting it...won't make it happen. Me wishing it were so...does make make it so. Young players can develop...can learn the NFL game and can make an impact. Andy Reid worked with a young QB named Kevin Kolb. He showed him on the practice field that he could get the job done. Reid bought into what he saw...so much so that Reid traded away his Pro-Bowl QB, Donovan McNabb. Kolb got the start...because he earned it...and when he went down...Vick stepped in...and showed what he could do...and proved that he was the best man for the job. Thats how this works. Thats how it worked with Bledsoe and Brady...and thats how it will work with Orton, Quinn and Tebow. The guy who shows the coaches that he gives the team the best chance to win...will be on that field...and thats exactly how it should be.
I have only one great concern remaining... 2012 and beyond. We have only 1 QB presently under contract for 2012...and he happens to be our 3rd stringer. That concerns me a great deal. If Orton plays the way I expect him to play...he deserves to get paid...not just this year...but for the next 3-4. If Denver doesn't get that deal done...we'll have given Miami, Minnesota, Oakland, Buffalo, Tennessee...all kinds of tape to watch and drool over as they court our unrestricted free agent next spring. IMHO, its not too early to get Orton signed. In the weak AFCWest...Denver CAN contend...so long as we can play Defense. Look at the first half of our schedule...Faders, Bungels, Titans, Packers, Dolts, Fins, Lions and Faders. It's entirely possible for us to start the season 6-2 (with our only losses being to the Packers and Dolts). If we are 6-2 the price tag on Orton is going to be sky high (and rightfully so). Now is not the time to sit back and wait. Now is not the time to listen to the throngs of Tebow apologists. If Orton is the best man for the job today...there is no reason to believe he won't be tomorrow. Get him under contract...get him under contract NOW... ....he's earned it.