Orton is not billboard hit in Denver

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Cheers and Jeers,Sports,NFL,Scott Gleeson
The Tim Tebow saga lives on.

The former Heisman winner and first-round draft pick was relegated to third string when the Broncos didn't trade away accurate-but-hated quarterback Kyle Orton, and now fans have decided to take matters into their own hands.

First, in the Broncos' Week 1 loss to the Raiders -- a 23-20 "Monday Night Football" game in which Orton struggled and completed just 24 of 46 passes -- fans chanted Tebow's name at the end of the game, although coach John Fox claimed he didn't hear.

Next, eight Broncos fans showed they are determined to run Orton out of the Mile High City. Die-hard fan Jesse Oaks and a few others plan to spend $10,000 on two anti-Orton, pro-Tebow billboards in Denver.

"We figured if [Fox] is deaf, we hope he's not blind," Oaks told the Denver Post.

What these fans and other Tebow supporters may be failing to realize is that the Broncos have more problems on their roster than just at quarterback. And Orton might not be Tom Brady, but he has put up strong numbers as a starter.

Still, the fans believe Tebow offers a higher ceiling -- not to mention he's a Christian poster boy who sells jerseys.

The fans aren't making the decisions, but the support for Tebow will grow as long as the Broncos fail.

While the lockout didn't help him progress, one thing Tebow has proved is that he's a gamer, playing decently in three starts last season. But can he be a winner?

Apparently, it's worth $10,000 for fans to find out.

- Scott Gleeson

sgleeson@washingtonexaminer.com

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