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The Art of Mixing Things Up

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SAN DIEGO - NOVEMBER 22: A San Diego Chargers fan reacts during the NFL football game against Denver Broncos at Qualcomm Stadium on November 22 2010 in San Diego California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO - NOVEMBER 22: A San Diego Chargers fan reacts during the NFL football game against Denver Broncos at Qualcomm Stadium on November 22 2010 in San Diego California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again while expecting different results.

I take a lot of flak for expressing my opinion around here and at times I ask for it with my own belligerent attitude, however, being accused of bias by those who themselves are bias only makes me laugh.

This idea that I am a Tim Tebow "guy" is absurd and is typically thrown around when emotions are high and logic is low. I am a Bronco "guy", as is most anyone who reads this website, and the single greatest reason I have ever advocated starting Tim Tebow over Kyle Orton was to provide a spark. There is an art to mixing things up and thus far Josh McDaniels appears content doing the same thing over and over expecting different results. Which is making me, and some of you, insane.

I actually do not think Tim Tebow is the better option at quarterback this year. Kyle Orton has a year longer in the system, has a strong command of it and good chemistry with the wide receivers. That isn't the point. The point is, the Broncos are losing, they can't score points consistently and are pathetic in third down situations.

This is where the art of mixing things up comes into play. I briefly mentioned this idea in a post I wrote just prior to the Jets game, where all the injuries on defense might actually provide the spark necessary to overcome the lack of talent on the defensive side of the ball. I also stated that the spark would likely degrade over time - though I didn't realize it would take just 6 days and 59 points to prove me correct.

Kyle Orton's body language and lack of fire really angered the fan in me, but mixing it up goes beyond that. Tim Tebow would come in pumped, which is something we do not currently see from this team. The offense folds at the first sign of adversity, while the defense folds at the first sign of offensive adversity. There is absolutely not confidence on either side of the ball. That starts at the top with Josh McDaniels and trickles down to Kyle Orton. If the players truly believed in Orton's ability, they would play much harder when the chips are down. As it stands, it seems like they (the players themselves) feel Orton cannot get the job done if he has to play from behind.

Josh McDaniels has already made it clear he will continue doing the same thing next week in hopes of differing results, so I think it is time for Pat Bowlen to step in and make the decision for Josh. It worked for the Titans last season, it's working for the Cowboys, Browns, Bills and 49ers(sorta) this season, so why not?

What has this team got to lose? Nothing, everything is already lost. Which is why it is time to see what Tim Tebow has to offer the National Football League.

Many who support Orton with all of their energy are calling for McDaniels and Xanders to be replaced, yet stop short of replacing the quarterback. Tell me, which hurts this team more in the long run? Which move will cause more upheaval and less stability in the years to come?

It is time for a change, why not go with the least disrupting change that will still mix things up? Drew Bledsoe had great stats. Jim Everett had great stats. Great stats doesn't always win in this league and Kyle Orton isn't leading this team the way a great quarterback should.

I'd take Tebow's 145 passing yards and 40 rushing yards and 23 points per game over Orton's 450 yards passing and 16 points any day. I am not saying that is what Tebow would produce, but I am saying it is time to find out!

Many of you might think I am not objective or that I am just a biased Tebowmaniac, but the reality is the Denver Broncos are 3-7 and only someone completely biased would refuse to lay 100% of the blame on the head coach and quarterback. We all saw what happens when the quarterback executes the head coaches game plan (49 points) and what happens when he does not (6 of 7 losses).

The art of mixing things up is all about timing and whatneeds mixing up. In some situations, the head coach needs to be mixed up (i.e, Dallas and Minnesota), but in others a simpler switch at quarterback provides all the spark that is needed (i.e., Tennesse, San Francisco, Buffalo and Cleveland). Since firing McDaniels now would be a disaster, the easy thing to do now is to see what our first round quarterback can do. Certainly he will be not much worse than 3-7.

Then again, the Broncos are playing the Rams so whichever quarterback plays - likely Orton - will get an easy win and those who support whichever quarterback will use that as proof that everyone else is wrong. I know what my eyes have told me and I will no longer deny reality.

Of course, those who live by the sword....if Tebow turns out to be woefully not ready then obviously I will be have been wrong. The thing is, would going with Tebow now somehow ruin the outcome of this season?