Kyle Orton threw for 304 yards during Denver’s Week 1 loss to the Oakland Raiders.
But it was his two costly turnovers combined with the Broncos faltering against a hated division rival that left Mile High fans chanting those two tiny words that continue to act as nails on a chalkboard to numerous football critics countrywide:
It’s just one simple chant that none of us can be the slightest bit surprised to hear – again.
Eight Broncos fans are actually taking the anti-Kyle Orton chatter a step further. As reported by USA Today’s Robert Klemko, this group of Denver die-hards plans to use $10,000 – which was originally intended as a payment towards a trip to the Super Bowl in Indianapolis – to purchase a local Denver-area billboard.
The billboard’s purpose: to openly share with everyone that this group of Bronco backers are not happy with the starting quarterback position in Denver, specifically Kyle Orton.
I’m not sure what surprises me more, the fact that these guys would actually spend this hefty chunk of change on a billboard, or that they actually saved all this money expecting the Broncos to make the Super Bowl this season.
Jesse Oaks, one of the eight fans, told USA Today that Kyle Orton “can keep us in games, but he does not give us the best chance to win”.
Keep you in games?
In his two previous seasons in Denver, Kyle Orton threw for nearly 7,500 yards, with 41 TD passes and 21 INT’s. Compare that to Jay Cutler – who these fans likely had a man crush on – the former Denver QB that in the two seasons prior to Orton, threw for approximately 8,000 yards, with 45 passing TD’s and 32 interceptions.
One could easily argue that during his tenure in Denver, Orton has also had fewer weapons than Cutler had, yet put up similar numbers. Critics would also be quick to point out that the Broncos have been in full rebuilding mode, attempting to focus on injecting the franchise with talented, young players.
But the most important fact to note is that the Denver Broncos defense finished dead last in the NFL last season, allowing 390.8 yards per game.
Somebody please tell me how in the world that’s Kyle Orton’s fault?
Yet, the Tim Tebow crush lives on, whether these guys want to admit to it or not. And that answer is clearly “not”, considering what Oaks also said to USA Today:
“We’re not Tebow fanatics, we think Tebow gives us the best chance to win. But if Brady Quinn or even Adam Weber can give us a chance, that’s what we want.”
I’m not sitting here looking to crown Kyle Orton as a lifer in Denver or a future NFL Hall of Famer for that matter, but I am saying that the constant attacks on him alone are getting ridiculous.
But forking out ten grand to put on a billboard that will not even affect the Denver front office’s decisions? These guys might as well go out and buy some Enron stock.
Instead, I’ve got a few suggestions for this crew of eight passionate football fans:
1) Save your money
2) Start a website – buy a domain for ten bucks and save yourselves $9,990
3) Keep your money for a future Super Bowl and hold hope that John Elway can once again be your savior
4) If you simply must spend your cash now: Instead of buying a billboard sign, why not find other ways to support Tim Tebow or Brady Quinn by donating some or all of that money to that player’s favorite charity?
If all else fails…
5) Stick with the Rockies