There’s a lot to figure out about the Peyton Manning situation. So let’s start from the very beginning.
After the Indianapolis Colts earned the number 1 pick in the NFL draft this spring, they decided to clear house and give the keys to Andrew Luck, QB from Stanford. Luck is the most polished quarterback since Peyton Manning going into a draft. I understand how Indianapolis moved away from Manning and decided to look to the future rather than the past. It’s just very ironic that Luck pushed out Manning….who pushed out Tim Tebow (more to come on that later in this post).
Before we get started, remember not blame Peyton, Peyton is a team player and will do whatever it takes for the team to win. (Sounds like what Tebow wants?) Manning said “I know what kind of player Tim Tebow is, what kind of person he is, what an awesome year it was. If Tim Tebow is here, I’m going to be the best teammate. If other opportunities are presented to him, I’m going to wish him the best.” Peyton also elaborated that he will be the best teammate and will do whatever it takes to win, and would do so in any capacity he could help in. Total Pro.
I wasn’t surprised that Denver decided to pursue Manning. He’s a Future Hall of Famer and a total professional. He is what every franchise hopes their quarterback can become.
I was just a little bit surprised that John Elway, Vice President of Operations for the Denver Broncos, decided that he would blow off Tim Tebow like he did. I always knew that Elway was not a fan of Tebow. He never embraced Tebow-mania. He sat in the suites at the playoff game against Pittsburgh and cheered for Tebow begrudgingly. Elway always wanted Tebow out because he wasn’t hand picked by him.
Tebow was the former Broncos head coach’s pick (Josh McDaniels). McDaniels was the one who supported Tebow and drafted him in the first round. YET even McDaniels gave up on Tebow. McDaniels never felt comfortable starting Tebow and is showed. After Tebow’s rookie season where he showed lots of potential and won a few games to end the season & McDaniels was fired, the new Broncos coach, John Fox, decided last summer that he was the team’s third best quarterback (behind Brady Quinn & Kyle Orton). He felt that Tebow had awful fundamentals and was not worthy of being the team’s starter.
Yet midway through the season, the Broncos looked dead in the water. They played unmotivated and were not winning. The fans spoke and called for Tebow. Fox put Tebow in the game and although the team lost to the Chargers, he pumped some energy into the team. Tebow brought the passion back into a dead franchise. Although he plays an unconventional game, although his stats are awful, although his PER is among the worst in the league, Tebow is a winner. He brought the Denver Broncos back from the dead. He pumped passion into the team, the fan base and NFL. Tebow deserves to be the Denver Broncos starting quarterback. Tebow saved John Fox’s job and pushed Elway into a corner to support him as the franchise’s long term answer to the quarterback position. Elway always weaseled his way out of the corner. As great as Peyton is, Tebow is the future. Tebow had the fan base and the team on his side. Denver may have Peyton for 3 years, but they could have had Tebow for 15. Tebow is a transcendent athlete that is a once in a decade.
Elway never gave Tebow his props. Elway said that “Tebow provided a spark in the franchise and will work hard in the offseason to try to be our quarterback of the future.” What more must a quarterback do, John? Win a playoff game? Lead the team back from the dead? Be better than you at one point in your career, John? Why not give the young quarterback a chance to grow? As the Broncos once did with you, Mr. Elway.
Apparently that is not enough.
Nevertheless, Tebow is out in Denver. Peyton is In.
When Tebow was told that Peyton was going to be the starting quarterback and they were signing for him, Tebow said “That’s Great. We have to sign him, it’s Peyton Manning.”
Who says that? Tebow should have said ‘You guys never trusted me. You guys never wanted me to be the Broncos quarterback. You guys never wanted me to do well. You guys never supported me. And now you replace me with a 36 year old quarterback who may never be the same again after his neck injury.”
Yet Tebow smiled and said “Denver has to sign Peyton.”
What a complete and total pro. He understands that Denver was never going to be a proper home for him because Elway would never give Tebow a nod of confidence. Tebow smiled and just rolled with the punches like he always does. He just does what he thinks is the right thing to do. He says the right thing and praises God in the meantime. I can’t knock him for that. I respect him for standing up in what he believes in while being a professional.
Overall, this move is the best for everyone.
Peyton has the chance to be Elway’s buddy and finish off one of the greatest careers ever with another Super Bowl win(s).
John Elway gets rid of Tebow, a quarterback that he despised and never wanted to do well.
Tebow gets to be traded to a team that really WANTS HIM AS THEIR STARTING QUARTERBACK.
Overall, as much as I wanted Tebow to win long term in Denver, this is the best move for everybody.
It’s a win-win-win.
Shut Up Nick
I’m just Tebowing in my living room, hoping Tebow makes it to the right home for him to flourish as a NFL quarterback.