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Crennel to Orton: “It’s not Kyle versus the Broncos”

Kyle Orton,  Tim Tebow AP

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.

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49 Responses to “Crennel to Orton: “It’s not Kyle versus the Broncos””
  1. yelix says: Dec 29, 2011 1:13 PM

    After last week’s heartbreaker against Oakland, nothing would be more satisfying than for Denver to be embarrassed for the third week in a row. I don’t like the idea of Oakland going to the playoffs, but I’d really like to hear what Tebow fans would say after another 4-interception performance.

  2. aldonsack says: Dec 29, 2011 1:17 PM

    commencing test2402’s tim tebow comment in 5, 4, 3….

  3. muskyhunter2542 says: Dec 29, 2011 1:24 PM

    Oh, but it is!!!

  4. broncsfan72 says: Dec 29, 2011 1:25 PM

    Kyle Orton will get rattled early and often. The broncos will not lose three straight. Broncos 24 Chiefs 10

  5. donz0 says: Dec 29, 2011 1:27 PM

    Crennel to Orton: “It’s not Kyle versus the Broncos, It’s about me locking up the Chiefs head coaching job!”

  6. johnnyjagfan says: Dec 29, 2011 1:33 PM

    If Orton keeps his cool this will be a very good game. Its just whether his teammates show up for the game, one week removed from a loss that took them out of the playoffs. Oh yeah, it was Christmas this week, too…

    Its Orton vs. Denver.

  7. trbowman says: Dec 29, 2011 1:34 PM

    Broncos win. No way Tebow loses this game.

    Guy performs best in this type of circumstance.

    After the Detroit game all the naysayers came out and then BOOM, they rattle off five straight wins.

    And Orton was terrible earlier this year in Denver.

  8. wtfchiefs says: Dec 29, 2011 1:34 PM

    5-3 Chiefs win

    That’s a fitting score to end the season for these 2 crap offenses

  9. fittytuckin says: Dec 29, 2011 1:35 PM

    He’s right, it’s the Chiefs vs the Tebows

  10. vegaskid21 says: Dec 29, 2011 1:37 PM

    Romeo is right. The Chiefs Broncos rivalry goes way back and is much bigger than just Orton vs. Tebow. This game deserves some respect from a rivalry standpoint.

  11. ace3hundred says: Dec 29, 2011 1:38 PM

    yelix says:Dec 29, 2011 1:13 PM

    After last week’s heartbreaker against Oakland, nothing would be more satisfying than for Denver to be embarrassed for the third week in a row. I don’t like the idea of Oakland going to the playoffs, but I’d really like to hear what Tebow fans would say after another 4-interception performance.

    ———————————————————-

    Another 4 int game would mean he has had one already which he has not. Check your facts.

  12. wardawg42 says: Dec 29, 2011 1:39 PM

    Whatcha Gonna Do when TEBOWMANIA runs wild on YOU!!!!!!!!!!!

    Go Broncos!!!! Go Tebow!!!!

  13. Henry says: Dec 29, 2011 1:42 PM

    Chiefs D will easily stifle the Donkey’ anemic offense. Kyle Orton will not need to be stellar for his team to win.
    Chiefs 24
    Donks 12 (all FG’s)

  14. damnyoulinelliot says: Dec 29, 2011 1:45 PM

    Neckbeard vs. ESPN’s loverboy.

    Bring it, Denver

  15. damnyoulinelliot says: Dec 29, 2011 1:46 PM

    What does Jake Plummer have to say about all this?

  16. boiler72 says: Dec 29, 2011 1:48 PM

    If Orton can beat the Packers on any given Sunday, he can certainly beat Denver on any given Sunday. I’m just curious if Tebow will, first and foremost, like to thank his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, if he throws a pick-six on back-to-back throws.

  17. earthtopft says: Dec 29, 2011 1:48 PM

    Orton will wake up in Denver thinking the past couple of months were just a bad hangover.

  18. damnyoulinelliot says: Dec 29, 2011 1:49 PM

    No, it’s Brady Quinn vs. Tyler Palko

    Live on CBS: “Who sucks more?”

  19. acebandito says: Dec 29, 2011 1:54 PM

    All of this speculation Orton will make the Broncos pay is centered around the notion that Kyle Orton can make clutch plays. When did this start happening? Did I miss a meeting?

    Orton will remind Broncos fans why he’s no longer a Bronco…FG’s in the Red Zone, phantom sacks, poor pocket presence, nervously checking down when he doesn’t need to and an uncanny ability to turn the ball over on the final drive of the game with his team down a score.

  20. rarson says: Dec 29, 2011 1:55 PM

    KC is going to blow them out, and this is going to become a trend for Denver.

  21. yelix says: Dec 29, 2011 1:58 PM

    Sorry, Tebow didn’t have a 4-interception performance. He had 3 and a lost fumble that was returned for a touchdown. Obviously this means he should be league MVP.

  22. yelix says: Dec 29, 2011 2:02 PM

    Also, acebandito, you just perfectly described Matt Cassel. Trust me, Cassel makes Orton look like Joe Montana.

  23. ihatethenfl says: Dec 29, 2011 2:11 PM

    Also, acebandito, you just perfectly described Matt Cassel. Trust me, Cassel makes Orton look like Joe Montana.
    ____________________________________

    Kansas City Joe Montana.

  24. cleverbob says: Dec 29, 2011 2:12 PM

    ace3hundred says:
    Dec 29, 2011 1:38 PM

    yelix says:Dec 29, 2011 1:13 PM

    After last week’s heartbreaker against Oakland, nothing would be more satisfying than for Denver to be embarrassed for the third week in a row. I don’t like the idea of Oakland going to the playoffs, but I’d really like to hear what Tebow fans would say after another 4-interception performance.

    ———————————————————-

    Another 4 int game would mean he has had one already which he has not. Check your facts.
    ====================================

    So they changed one of the INT’s to a lost fumble. That makes him an awesome QB again, right?

  25. objectivenflfan says: Dec 29, 2011 2:16 PM

    Orton was given every opportunity at the beginning of the season to be the starting QB for the Denver Broncos. Prior to establishing himself as the better QB in training camp – Orton and his agent asked for a trade out of town. The Miami Dolphins were the only team willing to surrender the draft picks to aquire him. Problem was Orton wanted 10 + mill a year. Not happening.

    After the first 5 games of the season, Orton played himself out of the starting position with poor Quarterbacking. Shortly after Cutler got hurt, Orton had asked to be released so he could have an opportunity to catch on with another team. The Broncos were able to save money and grant Orton’s wish.

    It truly is the Denver Broncos vs. the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, a great rivalry for the NFL. But let’s be real here – it’s Tebow vs. Orton. I notice a lot of NFL fans talking about how they hope Orton gets his revenge on Sunday, but the fact of the matter is Orton played poorly enough in Denver (6-22 in past 28 starts) to warrent his benching, and eventually his release. Denver fans booed Orton while he was a Bronco – but his play was well below average any way you slice it.

  26. rdrs68 says: Dec 29, 2011 2:26 PM

    No it is the Chiefs against the savior.

  27. mute617 says: Dec 29, 2011 2:28 PM

    I hope he does! Orton is better than anyone gives him credit for!

  28. acebandito says: Dec 29, 2011 2:31 PM

    @yelix. You’ve got me there. The only difference is when Cassel runs he doesn’t look like the guy who just did the spin in circles with a bat/then run promo at the minor league baseball game. Painful to watch ol’ number 8 “scrambling”

  29. yelix says: Dec 29, 2011 2:40 PM

    Kansas City Joe Montana may have been old, but he was still one of the best. His Chiefs won two playoff games in one season with Marty Schottenheimer as head coach. That’s quite an achievement.

  30. blogatron2000 says: Dec 29, 2011 2:42 PM

    RAC is right, it is not about Kyle Orton vs the Broncos. It is about the fact that the Chiefs D will be more than ready for Tebow and company this time.

    Mister Tebow, meet Misters Hali, Johnson, Flowers and Carr…

  31. oregonbear says: Dec 29, 2011 3:16 PM

    I’m sure Orton had some very good information to share with his team about the Bronco’s offensive and defensive schemes. Advantage KC.

    Good luck Kyle!

  32. raiders757 says: Dec 29, 2011 3:38 PM

    I have no doubt the Chiefs defense will keep things in check. It’s their redzone offense that needs to quickly improve, so they can put this game away by halftime. I’m sure the Raiders will be doing plenty enough to stress me out during Sunday’s game, so the last thing I’ll need is any added stress from the Chiefs/Broncos game. Please K.C. end the suspense early and send the Broncos packing. (Then again, if my Raiders don’t get the job done, it may not matter)

  33. huejackson says: Dec 29, 2011 4:01 PM

    we love you Orton…
    From Every Raider fan!

  34. riverhorsey says: Dec 29, 2011 4:04 PM

    The cast off vs the Golden Boy that was given the job. Watch Orton crush.

  35. bleed4philly says: Dec 29, 2011 4:18 PM

    Yes it is

  36. EJ says: Dec 29, 2011 4:20 PM

    Invesco Field at Mile High will be one of the loudest and most unforgiving places to play this week. Kyle Orton better invest in earplugs and insult insurance. Orton hears a boo!

  37. bearsrulepackdrool says: Dec 29, 2011 4:58 PM

    You’re right its Kyle vs. Tebow and his disciples.

  38. blackdonnelly says: Dec 29, 2011 5:03 PM

    As a Raiders fan, I am hoping for a KC win.

    This “Tebowmania” has to stop, period. All the bandwagoners are blocking my view of the hot redheaded chick across the street…….

    I am going for a total blowout or a close game on Sunday – either way KC wins. And maybe at last the long national nightmare will be over.

    Go Chefs!!!!!
    Go Raiders!!!!!

  39. rushbacker says: Dec 29, 2011 5:41 PM

    riverhorsey says:
    Dec 29, 2011 4:04 PM
    The cast off vs the Golden Boy that was given the job. Watch Orton crush.
    ____________________

    Please. You’re clueless. The Denver coaching staff made every possible effort to give Orton the starting job, and he just refused to take it– he played himself out of the job, plain and simple. Also, Denver released him at his own request– he’s hardly a castoff. And the only thing he’s ever crushed in his life is a bottle of Jack.

  40. jbaxt says: Dec 29, 2011 5:49 PM

    Best case scenario. Donkey’s get blown out, faiders lose as well. Then Hue Jackson looks like the DA he is with that trade and Tebow still goes to the playoffs making ignorant donkey fans thinking he’s still the answer. Basically erasing all their hope for next season since Elway will be forced to play Tebow since “he” alone (haha, DA donk fans, it was your defense not your QB) got them to the playoffs…

  41. ace3hundred says: Dec 29, 2011 5:51 PM

    cleverbob says:Dec 29, 2011 2:12 PM

    ace3hundred says:
    Dec 29, 2011 1:38 PM

    yelix says:Dec 29, 2011 1:13 PM

    After last week’s heartbreaker against Oakland, nothing would be more satisfying than for Denver to be embarrassed for the third week in a row. I don’t like the idea of Oakland going to the playoffs, but I’d really like to hear what Tebow fans would say after another 4-interception performance.

    ———————————————————-

    Another 4 int game would mean he has had one already which he has not. Check your facts.
    ====================================

    So they changed one of the INT’s to a lost fumble. That makes him an awesome QB again, right?

    No you are right it does’nt change much, including the fact that Tebow will be the only QB in the AFC west playing football after January 1st ;)

  42. backindasaddle says: Dec 29, 2011 6:11 PM

    I hope Orton and the Chiefs rip the Broncos apart. I also hope Timmy the Great gets exposed again as the horrendous passer he is and throws 4 more INTs just like he did last week.

  43. rando74 says: Dec 29, 2011 6:14 PM

    RAC is right, it is not about Kyle Orton vs the Broncos. It is about the fact that the Chiefs D will be more than ready for Tebow and company this time.

    Mister Tebow, meet Misters Hali, Johnson, Flowers and Carr…

    ________________________

    Thats awesome escept for this:

    Mr. Orton, meet Misters Dumervill, Miller, and Bailey.

    Now which matchup would you take: Tebow vs running right over those guys, or Orton running FROM them? Its quite simple, the Broncos D will put Orton on his back, he’ll put the ball on the ground and bring it on Pittsburgh.

    DONE!!!!

  44. jbaxt says: Dec 29, 2011 6:24 PM

    “Kyle Orton better invest in earplugs and insult insurance. Orton hears a boo!”

    “Insult insurance” and “Orton hears a Boo”???

    No wonder Elway has to act the way he does, to apease the children that seemingly make up the majority of his fan base.

  45. polegojim says: Dec 29, 2011 6:48 PM

    Who do so many spin this like Orton was somehow Dissed in Denver???

    He was flopping and floundering like a fish on dry land, and got what he deserved… released.

    Whose fault/responsibility was that? ORTONS

    You wanna stay, than PLAY THE GAME well.

  46. yelix says: Dec 29, 2011 6:54 PM

    If Tebow is the only AFC West QB in the playoffs, it’ll be strictly because every division has to send a team. It’s my favorite division, but all four teams have been frustratingly inconsistent all year.

    Anyway, if Denver makes it to the playoffs, a quick exit would be in order. Wouldn’t they play either Baltimore or Pittsburgh or am I wrong?

  47. ace3hundred says: Dec 29, 2011 8:31 PM

    yelix says:Dec 29, 2011 6:54 PM

    If Tebow is the only AFC West QB in the playoffs, it’ll be strictly because every division has to send a team. It’s my favorite division, but all four teams have been frustratingly inconsistent all year.

    Anyway, if Denver makes it to the playoffs, a quick exit would be in order. Wouldn’t they play either Baltimore or Pittsburgh or am I wrong?
    ——————————————————–

    If Denver Backdoors in with a 3rd consecutive loss I would have to agree with this. However a win makes them a 9-7 football team which is also most likely going to be the record of a wild card team in the afc so . They would also be 8-3 since Tim took over which is a high winning percentage despite his shortcomings.

    And yes they would get the loser of the afc north division.

  48. listenup823 says: Dec 29, 2011 9:10 PM

    Why why why all the hate people? Unless you got Rodgers or Brees in your huddle all of the other qbs can improve… Give the guy a break… Win or lose this game, Tebow will be back next year better than before …

  49. bearsstillsuck says: Dec 30, 2011 4:36 AM

    It is absolutely orton against the broncos. Orton deserves to destroy the donkeys.

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