As the Denver Broncos were finished off by the Oakland Raiders on Monday night, scattered chants began to break out all over Sports Authority Field in Denver, calling for second year quarterback Tim Tebow to replace veteran Kyle Orton. Coach John Fox denied hearing the chants but he might just be able to read them soon.
A group of Broncos fans told the Denver Post that they plan to purchase billboards throughout Denver which call for the benching of Orton in the hopes of giving Tebow a chance. The plan is to purchase two billboards for about $10,000, according to diehard Broncos fan Jesse Oaks. Oaks – who lives in Kentucky – told the Post that he and several friends planned on attending this year’s Super Bowl in Indianapolis but decided to spend the money a different way after the team’s week one loss to the Raiders.
"We're not Tebow fanatics, we think Tebow gives us the best chance to win," Oaks told the Denver Post. "But if Brady Quinn or even Adam Weber (on the practice squad) can give us a chance, that's what we want. We were sitting around after Fox said he didn't hear the chants for (Tim) Tebow and we figured if he's deaf, we hope he's not blind."
Orton has had a tough time winning over the fans in Denver since coming over from Chicago after the Broncos traded Jay Cutler to the Bears in 2008. Orton was quiet but effective last season, throwing for 3,653 yards with 20 touchdown passes and 9 interceptions but fans were beginning to get antsy this past week, as they watched their beloved Broncos, who were the favorites, lose to a division rival.
Orton was hardly impressive in his 2011 debut, completing 24 of 46 passes, throwing an interception and giving up a turnover after dropping the ball without being touched while his tight end stood open in the end zone to potentially take the lead in the fourth quarter.
Orton didn’t seem too pleased when he was asked on Wednesday if he felt added pressure with the fans booing him and calling for Tebow take his place.
"No, not at all. I'm not going to sit here and waste my time answering questions about it, to be honest with you," he said.
Fox has made it clear that he feels Orton is the best chance for the team to win right now and that he will be the starter in week two, when they host the Cincinnati Bengals. We have seen situations like this time and time again and it could very well be the makings of a mile high quarterback controversy.
Photo courtesy of The Associated Press.