No Tebow As Broncos Still Search For Identity

Tim Tebow has waited on the sidelines as the Broncos losses have piled up. Will he get his chance? (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

We get it. Kyle Orton is the Broncos starting quarterback. However, down 49-17 in the fourth quarter, surely a quarterback change would be in order.

“We feel Kyle Orton is our starting quarterback,” John Fox said for the 1,000th time since taking over as head coach of the Denver Broncos.

The Broncos have a “Tebow Package” so why not use it in more than one play in a game that was almost lost before the coin toss?

In an orange and blue world that already has enough quarterback controversy, the last thing John Fox wanted to do was put more fuel on the fire by letting Tim Tebow play. Tebow most likely would have done some great things and would have done some bad things in the Broncos loss, and there’s no doubt that his play would have injected more life into the Broncos already turbulent situation at QB.

However, why not remove “your” starting quarterback, take away any chance of injuring him in a game that is already lost, and let the young gun gain some experience? If anything, letting the world see him play would amp up Tebow’s trade value if Kyle Orton really is the man you believe gives your team the best chance at winning.

The Broncos loss to the Packers can by no means be placed solely on shoulders of Kyle Orton. The Broncos were outmatched in every area of the field, and Orton lead the offense on some successful drives. He went 22-for-32 for 273 yards and 3 TDs. He also threw 3 picks.

The point here is that the Broncos don’t have a face to their franchise.  All great NFL teams have a face to their franchise, and it’s always the quarterback. Look at the Packers (Aaron Rodgers), Steelers (Ben Roethlisberger), and Patriots (Tom Brady). We should know. John Elway’s face was the Broncos identity for so long when they were winning Super Bowls.

There are bad faces to a franchise as well. Look what happens when a coach becomes the face of the franchise. Rex Ryan hasn’t been able to get his Jets team to a Super Bowl despite back-to-back Conference Championship appearances, and Josh McDaniels ran the Broncos into the ground when he was on his head coaching high horse.

The Broncos know who they are, but without a solid face to the franchise, they don’t know what they may become.

What exactly are the Broncos trying to do here? Keep Kyle Orton’s confidence out of the gutter? Keep the world guessing on how Tebow would play in an NFL game? Roll the dice on a QB named Luck?

Whatever it is, the Broncos need to find a face and brand their franchise in a hurry.

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Topics: Aaron Rodgers, Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers, John Elway, John Fox, Kyle Orton, Tim Tebow

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  • sally1b2b

    Really interesting to read what Peter King said today on” Monday Morning Quarterback” about Tim Tebow , very good !!!!

  • sally1b2b

    Really interesting to read what Peter King said today on” Monday Morning Quarterback” about Tim Tebow , very good !!!!

  • Clutch_47

    How dumb blond and bull headed can the coaches be for this multi-million dollar, professional NFL franchise? “We keep seeing the same problem but keep doing the same thing to fix it!”. Do you need a memo saying that Kyle Orton is only borderline decent at best? He has peaked as far as his QB talent goes and has choked and lost too many games as a PROFESSIONAL athlete / team leader for a professional sports team. He is slow in the pocket, slow to scramble, can’t handle pressure at all and the only people who like him are the coaching staff. You have 2 great young talented QB’s who can avoid a sack but you play Orton. You have 2 great QB’s who can scramble for yardage when everyone is covered but you play Orton. You have 2 great QB’s that have been in championship pressure but Fox and Elway choose the worst athlete because he practices good, he has a decent arm and usually throws to his own team? Of course that’s only if he doesn’t put it on the ground for a defender first. I guess the Bronco organization wants to tell kids that it’s ok to play like crap in a big game when it counts, as long as you look good in practice. If Elway and Fox would just put pride and bullheadedness aside and even give fans 1 game to see. Orton was going to loose it for us anyway, so show the fans in a regular season game that Tebow and or Quinn is, or is not the answer we are all looking for. Maybe give your self the opportunity to see we need more then a gun slinger cause the D line is faster then it was in 98. Quit saying trust us cause the Orton song they stuck on repeat used up a good portion of that trust which dwindles down more every time #8 is taking snaps and the games lost increases. At least with one of those 2 starting the fans would see hope. Maybe even show that the Coaches want to FIX the problem rather then ignoring it and convincing the fans that your building a championship team again.

  • Clutch_47

    How dumb blond and bull headed can the coaches be for this multi-million dollar, professional NFL franchise? “We keep seeing the same problem but keep doing the same thing to fix it!”. Do you need a memo saying that Kyle Orton is only borderline decent at best? He has peaked as far as his QB talent goes and has choked and lost too many games as a PROFESSIONAL athlete / team leader for a professional sports team. He is slow in the pocket, slow to scramble, can’t handle pressure at all and the only people who like him are the coaching staff. You have 2 great young talented QB’s who can avoid a sack but you play Orton. You have 2 great QB’s who can scramble for yardage when everyone is covered but you play Orton. You have 2 great QB’s that have been in championship pressure but Fox and Elway choose the worst athlete because he practices good, he has a decent arm and usually throws to his own team? Of course that’s only if he doesn’t put it on the ground for a defender first. I guess the Bronco organization wants to tell kids that it’s ok to play like crap in a big game when it counts, as long as you look good in practice. If Elway and Fox would just put pride and bullheadedness aside and even give fans 1 game to see. Orton was going to loose it for us anyway, so show the fans in a regular season game that Tebow and or Quinn is, or is not the answer we are all looking for. Maybe give your self the opportunity to see we need more then a gun slinger cause the D line is faster then it was in 98. Quit saying trust us cause the Orton song they stuck on repeat used up a good portion of that trust which dwindles down more every time #8 is taking snaps and the games lost increases. At least with one of those 2 starting the fans would see hope. Maybe even show that the Coaches want to FIX the problem rather then ignoring it and convincing the fans that your building a championship team again.

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  • Tony Nguyen

    There’s no rhyme or reason why they’re doing what they’re doing with Tebow. For example, why run him at the 30 yard line for one play? Why didn’t they run him at the 4 yard line when we were in scoring position? All it’s doing is frustrate the fan base!!!

  • Lito Macalino

    I think you should go to church and pray for your team. ….hehehehehehe!

  • Tony Nguyen

    No more praying for a lost cause… just use Tebow to see how he can play and either move on in another direction or play him… Orton isn’t the answer in Denver that’s for sure.

  • Lito Macalino

    Well, you need to pray the coach makes that decision soon. You are right, it’s stupid what they’re doing. Go Niners!

  • Sally Weightman Bugg

    Read what Peter King said today on Monday Morning Quarterback about Tim Tebow , very good ….

  • Brenda Wright

    Who does Tebow play for?

  • Tony Nguyen

    There’s no rhyme or reason why they’re doing what they’re doing with Tebow. For example, why run him at the 30 yard line for one play? Why didn’t they run him at the 4 yard line when we were in scoring position? All it’s doing is frustrate the fan base!!!

  • Lito Macalino

    I think you should go to church and pray for your team. ….hehehehehehe!

  • Tony Nguyen

    No more praying for a lost cause… just use Tebow to see how he can play and either move on in another direction or play him… Orton isn’t the answer in Denver that’s for sure.

  • Lito Macalino

    Well, you need to pray the coach makes that decision soon. You are right, it’s stupid what they’re doing. Go Niners!

  • Sally Weightman Bugg

    Read what Peter King said today on Monday Morning Quarterback about Tim Tebow , very good ….

  • Brenda Wright

    Who does Tebow play for?