Denver Broncos: The Real Problem Facing the Team in 2011

Christopher SmithCorrespondent IIISeptember 17, 2011

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 12:  Miles, the mascot of the Denver Broncos, engages the fans as they face the Oakland Raiders at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 12, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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The 2011 regular season is already a depressing one for the Denver Broncos and their fans.

Not just because of a loss to the Oakland Raiders in Week 1, and not only due to the reasons behind their loss, but why this team is so far from fully rebuilding.

As the roster itself is taking on a face lift in 2011, the fans that cheer for it are tearing out the stitches and reopening the wounds. 

Fans at Monday night's game started the booing late in the first quarter after a few Kyle Orton mistakes. Or was it somebody else making the mistakes? Who can remember? The only news that made the front page on Tuesday were articles calling for Orton's head, and Tim Tebow's salvation.

Ignorant to the actual detriments to the team and the front office that they're causing, more and more fans across the country clamor and scream for Tebow to take the reins of the Broncos offense.

Tim Tebow billboards?

Apparently that wasn't a bad publicity stunt. There's actually people planning to spend $10,000 on a ridiculous attempt to sway a man, head coach John Fox, that has refused to acknowledge this nonsense time and again.

I'll pretend that many have not already said this. Nobody is benefiting from the constant cries for Tebow. Especially the man the fans are all claiming to support.

Tebow was inclined to comment Tuesday about his fans, about his situation on the team, and about his feelings in regard.

DENVER, CO - AUGUST 20:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos throws a towel to a fan as he exits the field after a pre-season game against the Buffalo Bills at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on August 20, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Bro
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Simply put, Tebow does not want it to continue. He trusts his front office and those that are in charge of making the decisions in the organization.

And what about the money? Tebow says why not put that towards his charitable organization? Seems to me that may be a far better way to support his cause, and a much better use of the cash.

Is it just widely unnoticed and unrecognized that the players in the Broncos' locker room see the news and the articles too? Does it help a team that's currently scratching, scraping and clawing for a win to continuously hear fans aching to see Orton, their team captain, dethroned?

I don't think I'm alone here when I say that it is time for Broncos Country to get back to what they've been so good at for generations. It's time for the fans to cheer for the team, to cheer for their coach, to cheer for the leaders that are on the field.

A home-field advantage evaporates entirely when the people in the stands give the edge to the visiting team.

And it's clear that no help is present when the starting quarterback is giving calls to his offensive line and receivers, during an attempt to get the game back in his hands, but he's drowned out by chants for his replacement—actually his replacement's replacement.

From now on, I vote that we allow all the fans of individual players to stick to fantasy football, and keep the fans in the stadium cheering for the whole team.

DENVER - OCTOBER 24:  Quarterbacks Kyle Orton #8 and Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos look on from the bench during their 59-14 loss to the Oakland Raiders at INVESCO Field at Mile High on October 24, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/
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I can promise that 70,000 people cheering is far more motivation and support for a win than 5,000 people booing and sighing.

Allow me to make my own prediction here and now.

If Tebow does take the starting position—after all the media frenzy, and all of the outrageous acts of his supporters—and is anything less than spectacular, he will in turn leave a larger rift in this organization and fan base than Josh McDaniels did a year ago.