The dismantling the Broncos suffered at the hands of the Raiders in Week 7 left coach Josh McDaniels apologizing to everyone, players embarrassed, and some in the media wondering whether the coach has lost his team.
It also left once voice — Mark Kiszla of The Denver Post — to suggest the answer is … Tim Tebow. You read that right.
Kiszla didn’t just make a public call for the Tebow era should begin. He writes starter Kyle Orton “is done” as the Broncos quarterback and can “never again” inspire real hope in Denver.
“He just doesn’t know it yet,” he writes. “So what’s the hang-up getting the Tim Tebow era started? Coach Josh McDaniels doesn’t have the guts to tell his players their NFL season is dead.”
He added, “The humiliation of a 59-14 loss to Oakland will forever be stamped like an “L” on the forehead of Orton so long as he wears a Broncos uniform. Whether he starts one or 12 more games for Denver doesn’t really matter. Orton can never again inspire real hope in this town.”
Can only Tebow save McDaniels in Denver? There is not an analyst who can say that with a straight face and most feel that Tebow is only ready for spot duty.
Lindsay Jones writes Tebow’s absence was the prevailing question late in the game. But if McDaniels is convinced Tebow isn’t ready, he only vaguely alluded to it.
A sense of panic seems to have descended on Denver. So, Broncos fans, would a switch to Tebow silence the McDaniels haters, or simply seal his fate?
— Frank Tadych