Tebow to fans: Thanks for support, no thanks on billboards

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Save your bankroll and your breath, Tim Tebow fans. The object of your desire and the target of your dislike both agree this is Kyle Orton's offense.

Tebow said Thursday that while he's honored his fans are cheering for him to take over as the Denver Broncos' quarterback, he trusts his coach and will bide his time without complaint.

"Well, I guess I appreciate the support, you know, but we got people in charge here that we trust and (I) trust they're going to do the right thing," Tebow said.

A group of Tebow supporters have said they'd like to buy two billboards in downtown Denver urging coach John Fox to bench Orton in favor of the former University of Florida star.

Tebow said he'd rather they donate the $10,000 to his charitable foundation.

"That's a good idea, man," Tebow said.

Especially because Fox probably wouldn't see the billboards anyway, and even if he did, he certainly wouldn't be swayed by them.

"Well, I've seen a lot of billboards, and I can't remember one that really influenced me," Fox said.

Tebow didn't beat out Orton this summer and even was outplayed by Brady Quinn. But Tebow's fans started calling for him anyway when Orton had a poor performance during the Broncos' 23-20 loss to the OaklandĀ Raiders on Monday night.

"I love our fans' passion, as I mentioned before, the fact that they care enough to do whatever they do," Fox said. "I know they cared enough Monday night. We had a great crowd. They were very vocal, and they care about the team. So, I think that's a tribute to the fans."

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