Kyle Orton, Tim Tebow, and John Fox have all done a nice job this week deflecting one of the most compelling Week 17 storylines we’ve seen in a long time.
Orton says he doesn’t have to prove anything to the Broncos. Fox and Tebow make it sound like just another game.
Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel knows better.
“Every player that I know wants to play [well] against [his] old team,” Crennel said Wednesday. “He would like to play [well], and I’m sure he would like to win the game. That’s what I told him this morning: ‘Your job is to help your team win. It’s not Kyle versus the Broncos. It’s the Chiefs versus the Broncos.”
Crennel says he’s seen players get too “hyped” in the past when they face a former team. Crennel delivered the same message to his team that this game wasn’t just about Tebow and Orton.
That sounds nice, but emotions are running high in both cities. John Elway is already taking criticism locally for cutting Orton. Imagine if the Broncos lose Sunday.
Orton felt the brunt of Tebowmania when he was booed lustily by the Broncos faithful earlier this year. He’d love nothing more than to silence a stadium full of Broncos fans on Sunday.