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Posted at 09:42 AM ET, 09/15/2011

Kyle Orton is Coach John Fox’s pick — but not the fans’ — in Denver’s QB controversy


Broncos fans prefer this guy. (Justin Edmonds / GETTY IMAGES)
There’s an inferno-let of a quarterback controversy raging in Denver — after all of one regular-season game.

Coach John Fox downplays that, saying Kyle Orton, the guy the team tried to trade, is the team’s starter, not Tim Tebow after fans watching the Broncos’ 23-20 loss to the Oakland Raiders late Monday chanted, “Tebow! Tebow!”

With the Broncos playing another home game Sunday, against the Cincinnati Bengals and trying to avoid going 0-2 for the first time in 12 years, some of those fans are willing to pay to make their voices heard.

Eight fans have decided to spend $10,000 of the money they’ve been saving for a trip to the Super Bowl in Indianapolis on two billboards pushing Tebow. (In a sort of NFL Draft deja vu, nobody seems to be mentioning the name of Brady Quinn.)

“We believe in Coach Fox, we’re just tired of Kyle Orton,” Jesse Oaks, a fan who lives in Independence, Ky., told the Denver Post. “We were sitting around after Fox said he didn’t hear the chants for Tebow, and we figured if he’s deaf, we hope he’s not blind.”

The Broncos and Orton, according to Woody Paige of the Denver Post “just aren’t very good. Once again.” He writes:

No matter, though, what the season-ticket holders or I might feel. Coach John Fox reiterated Tuesday that "Kyle is our starting quarterback." Naturally.
Fox knows what you and I know, but he (A) doesn't want to lose the players in the locker room, (B) understands that he can't keep Orton as a sulking backup on the bench, and (C) believes genuinely the Broncos will win with Orton and not with Tebow, who doesn't have much, if any, private support in the Broncos' chain of command.
To which I reply:
(A) What's to lose in the locker room? An offensive line that can't zone- or power- block, and defensive tackles and linebackers who can't penetrate or stop running backs?
(B) Which is preferable, a sulking Orton or an immobile Orton who doesn't perform under stress (interception toward the end of the first half that led to a 16-3, instead of 13-6, deficit) and a fresh-air drop of the football when he wasn't hassled and he had a wide-open receiver?
(C) The Broncos' apologists assert that the team wouldn't have won the game with Tebow at quarterback. The Broncos won a late December game at home with the T-mobile and a cast that reportedly wasn't as talented as 2011's. It's certain that the Broncos couldn't win with Orton at quarterback.

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